According to a report from Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com, Texas Longhorns athletic director DeLoss Dodds will step down at the end of the year.
DeLoss Dodds, who has guided the Texas athletic department for 32 years, including its growth into the top revenue producer in college athletics, will step down as athletic director by the end of the calendar year, two well-placed sources close to the situation told Orangebloods.com.
Dodds was the architect behind the rise of the Texas athletic program to the top of the NCAA athletics. He has been at the helm since 1981, however, it seems like he even feels as if it’s time for a changing of the guard.
“There are likely big changes coming, and DeLoss knows it and doesn’t want to stand in the way of progress,” one source close to the situation told Orangebloods.com.
He will reportedly stay on in a “consulting role” and continue to serve Texas in ”a significant half-time position.”
In the consulting role, Dodds, 74, would continue to collect his full salary (currently $1.1 million) through the end of his current contract, which expires in August 2015, the sources said. Dodds would also collect a $1 million, after-taxes payment due to him in August 2014, as currently outlined in his contract, the sources said.
This announcement comes on the heels of the first desperation move by Mack Brown in firing Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. Diaz’s defensive unit gave up a school-record 550 rushing yards on 72 carries – an average of 7.6 yards per attempt – in the Horns’ embarrassing, 40-21 loss to BYU last Saturday.
Brown’s seat is warmer than ever, and the move by Dodds to step down could be the first of the dominos to fall for bringing in new energy to the program. Earlier this week, Dodds backed Brown, stating that he is “fine,” but you have to think that isn’t the case after Dodds’ announcement.
Whether or not Brown remains at the helm of the program following this season remains to be seen.
There has been no talk of possible replacements for Dodds at this time.
*UPDATE* 3:55 p.m. EST, Friday, Sept. 13
UT spokesman Nick Voinis denies the report released by Orangebloods.com, stating that it is “absolutely not true.” This could very well be a case of Orangebloods breaking the story before Texas was prepared to announce the news.
Geoff Ketchum, owner of Orangebloods, says that the wheels are already in motion for the hiring of a new AD.