As first reported by Orangebloods.com on September 13 and confirmed Monday by Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, DeLoss Dodds’ 32-year run as Texas’ athletics director will come to an end on Tuesday.
Despite multiple denials from himself and the school in the 17 days in between, Dodds will indeed retire by year’s end as first reported by Orangebloods. “I’ve not made any plans to retire at any time,” Dodds told the Dallas Morning News two weeks ago. “When I do, I’ll give you [media] guys plenty of notice.”
Dodds will remain with the school in an administrative role through August 31, 2014, and as a consultant through 2015. Texas President Bill Powers will lead the search for Dodds’ replacement, Bohls writes, with the hopes of having the position filled by December 1. West Virginia athletics director, and Texas Law grad, Oliver Luck was mentioned by name as a candidate to “keep an eye on.”
As we wrote earlier this month, the end of Dodds’ 32 year tenure means the final days of the 16-year Mack Brown era can’t be too far behind.
Dodds arrived in the fall of 1981 and has shepherded the Longhorns’ athletics department to 14 national championships, including the school’s first football national title in three and a half decades in 2005, and 108 conference championships. Equally notable, Dodds turned Texas into the most profitable athletics department in all of college sports. UT annually topped the NCAA’s revenue charts, and led Forbes’ most recent list of most valuable college football programs with a profit of $78 million in 2012.
Texas outperformed nearly every school in the country on the field and at the cash register through the end of the last decade. Dodds struck gold, literally and figuratively, with the successive hires of Mack Brown, Rick Barnes and Augie Garrido to lead the Longhorns’ football, men’s basketball and baseball programs. The trio combined to bring in a windfall of success, with 12 Big 12 titles, three national titles, four BCS bowl appearances, seven College World Series trips and a berth in the 2003 Final Four between them. Additionally, Dodds took the unprecedented step of commissioning the Longhorn Network, the only school-specific ESPN-partnered television network in existence, and keeping Texas in the Big 12 following the departures of Texas A&M, Colorado, Missouri and Nebraska.
In recent years, though, each of Texas’ Big Three programs has stagnated. Both the men’s basketball and baseball teams missed the NCAA Tournament in the 2012-13 athletic year and, most importantly, the Texas football program has posted a 24-18 record since the beginning of the 2010 season.