Sources close to Orangebloods.com, the Texas Longhorns blog on Rivals.com, are reporting today that DeLoss Dodds, the school’s athletics director, will step down by the end of the year and move into a consulting role.
Dodds has been with the school since 1981. He came on board with Texas after four years as the AD at Wichita State (1977-1981), and before that was the head coach of the track and field team at Kansas State, his alma mater, from 1963-1976.
One of his highest profile moves was the hiring of Mack Brown from North Carolina in 1997 to become the Longhorns’ head football coach. Brown has a career mark of 151-44 at the school with two appearances in the BCS National Championship (winning it in 2005 and losing in 2009). Since the loss in the 2009 championship, though, he is only 23-17, suffering his only losing, bowl-ineligible season a year later (5-7), leading some to question whether some fresh blood was needed at the school. But Dodds would give Brown a vote of confidence yesterday, saying the coach was “fine”.
The school has denied the move was pending, with Loss telling the Austin American-Statesman earlier in the week that he had no plans to resign, and communications director Nick Voinis “vehemently denied Dodds has any plans to step down”, according to Orangebloods.
Texas hosts #25 Ole Miss at Memorial Stadium tomorrow afternoon.