Report: Texas AD DeLoss Dodds to announce retirement Tuesday

Submitted by Cold War on September 30th, 2013 at 7:59 PM

DeLoss Dodds will announce Tuesday afternoon that he will step down next August as Texas' athletic director, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Dodds denied similar reports earlier this month as the Longhorns were in the public eye for their early-season losses to BYU and Ole Miss, but Kirk Bohls cites three well-connected sources who confirmed that Dodds will announce his retirement on Tuesday.

"He's going to announce it tomorrow," one of the well-placed sources said. "They were going to do it today but decided to wait because they didn't want to detract from the passing of (legendary former Longhorn quarterback) James Street."



September 30th, 2013 at 8:19 PM ^

That would not be a wise move for UT unless he's a ceremonial AD with little real power. Brown seems a bit bitter at how many people are trying to force him out. An ex-coach who's unhappy with the way things ended is not a good person to have in the athletic office.



September 30th, 2013 at 8:12 PM ^

With that, just based on numerous articles on the subject, this retirement would essentially be the removal of the last barrier between some sort of coaching change and Mack Brown, whether it comes through his canning or some more polite "retirement", if you will. According to BurntOrangeNation, the supposed idea is that the successor would be known sometime close to the end of the football season and this would give time for anyone new to be part of a search for a new coach while Dodds remains in a consulting role. 


October 1st, 2013 at 9:22 AM ^

They need to hire a new AD in 2 months, who then needs to hire a new football coach in 1 month (only 3 months left in 2013). The other constraint, is that Dodd is around until August (2 bosses is 1 too many). I guess if UT has a very strong President who can be the voice of God, then it's possible, but aggressive. 

I wonder who gets the final say on a new coach, the old AD (legacy) or new AD (make his mark)?


October 1st, 2013 at 1:30 AM ^

Vastly improved football team?  Lol what have you been watching?  If you mean vastly improved from Rich Rod, sure.  If you mean improved from Michigan standards, you're on meth.  The team is mediocre, the waiting list for tickets has evaporated, and student support is bottoming out.  

And Brandon deserves sooooo much credit for the resurgence of basketball.  After all, he hired Beilein!  Oh wait...  Well, at least he initiated the renovations of Crisler!  Oops, that was Martin too.  Darn.

Mr. Peteyall

October 1st, 2013 at 12:07 PM ^

The marquis, the ads, changing the jerseys, the “Legends Numbers”, not taking the band to Dallas, harassing UConn, the air-writing, the season-ticket prices, screwing students out of basketball tickets, being a star-struck idiot on the sidelines… need I go on?  The man has worn out his welcome and needs to get put in the trash just like one of his miserable excuses for a pizza.


October 1st, 2013 at 2:44 PM ^

While some were mistakes to be sure, I'm not sure everyone is just looking at things to be mad about like you. I like the Legends numbers. They may not pass them out in the exact way I would, but there's a lot of difference of opinion on how that should be done.  Think it's better than retired jersey numbers no one talks about. Season ticket prices have gone up since Martin. I don't think that's all on Brandon's shoulders, just the environment. And harassing U-Conn? We have just as many people if not more mad that we didn't buy our way out of the game and how dare we honor our contract and play up there. So that's truly a damned if you do damned if you don't situation. He tried to get a more advantageous position for Michigan, they wouldn't go for it, he didn't take his ball and go home. And being a "star-struck idiot" just sounds petty.


September 30th, 2013 at 10:21 PM ^

If I were a Texas fan I'd be pissed.  This means either Mack is going to be around another year (most likely), or DeLoss is going to pick the next HC.  Neither of those scenarios is a positive for Texas.


September 30th, 2013 at 11:02 PM ^

Mack becomes the AD after this is all done. Then they go get a coach that knows Mack and has worked w him before.





Strong (think he gets it)

Will get a courtesy call




Gary Anderson



Les Miles


October 1st, 2013 at 12:02 PM ^

And all these big names are thrown out, and it ends up being someone much more reasonable?

Texas at least got an up and comer from North Carolina.

USC pilfered a coach who wasn't succeeding at Tennessee.

Nebraska got an Assistant from a big program.

Ditto Oklahoma.

Michigan got a guy from San Diego State.

OSU got their big name guy, but they didn't steal him from anybody; he was "retired."

PSU got an NFL assistant.

Miami got the coach from Temple.

Florida State promoted from within.

Florida got a coordinator.

LSU got their coach from Oklahoma State. 

Bama managed to steal the ever ready to leave Saban. 

Who knows what the hell they're doing at Auburn.  Ditto Tennessee.


Maybe a few of the big time programs in college football got their guy from a successful, fully BCS conference level head coaching gig. And a lot of those guys who weren't from there are still very successful. Every time one of these opens up people think there will be a line at the door for the job, but it usually isn't the case.




October 1st, 2013 at 2:17 PM ^

in which a football or basketball coach is not the highest paid public employee, and in most of the states where they are the highest paid, football coaches rule the salary roost in all but 11, with one split (Wisconsin) and another (Massachusetts) where a hockey coach is the highest paid. In Michigan, Izzo is the highest paid public employee. 

What this means, of course, is that being a collegiate basketball or football coach in most of the country save the Great Plains and Nevada, and four blue states in the East where college football and basketball have always taken a back seat to pro sports, public perception of a big time job holder like Mack Brown matters  -- a lot. And the retirement of the man who hired the man in jeopardy, now puts that fellow on a  perilous plank. 

At the very least, this is the kind of scenario Lloyd Carr faced after Michigan dropped its first two games in 2007. Little did we know that both the coach and the AD were both planning to retire in short order, but not before all the rumors of change cast a new light on that season. 

When major program figures begin to call you out in the media, the end is near. Texas would have to have a turnabout season to end all the handwringing and push for change. Does anyone honestly see that happening? That kind of anxiety can be both deleterious, uplifting and refreshing on a coaching personality, or it can be devastating. 

I've always believed Lloyd hung on one year too long and that he wanted to retire after 2006, but then Long, Henne and Hart all decided to come back. And the coach and the AD, who wanted him to stay so he wouldn't have to pick a new guy, got stuck with that responsibility. This is hard to reconcile because Lloyd has never really been forthcoming about any of this nor his mysterious actions and  involvement in the RR period. 

Texas is the grandest prize in the college sports world. The biggest budget, the biggest revenue producing program and located in one of those conservative red states with a growing population where high school and college football are massively popular. 

I could see Saban going there to coach for three to five years. He doesn't even have to recruit like he did at Alabama to get blue chips. They'll just follow him. How many boats do you need to water ski behind? I mean if you have conquered the SEC, how many other coaching challenges do you have left -- unless you go from besting the legend of the Bear to the conference where he got his start and turn around the biggest program in the land with unlimited resources. I could see Saban going there. He probably won't, but I could see it.