Sep 21, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns fans celebrate during the fourth quarter against the Kansas State Wildcats of a football game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The Longhorns won 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Texas AD DeLoss Dodds to step down


Throughout the drama that has surrounded the Texas Longhorns and head coach Mack Brown, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said he wasn’t going to hire a football coach to replace Brown. Looks like he was right.

According to Kurt Bohls of the Austin American Statesmen, Dodds will step down as athletic director.

“He’s going to announce it tomorrow,” a well-placed source told Bohls. “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.”

Dodds, 76, has been at the helm since 1981. Texas has won 13 national titles, including the 2005 title in football and 103 conference titles under Dodds’ watch.

Dodds was the 2011 Athletic Director of the Year and has helped turned Texas into the biggest moneymaker in college sports. He helped Texas launch their own television station, the ESPN affiliated Longhorn Network that pays the school $300 million over 20 years.

According to Bohls, the school would like to have the position filled by December 1 and Oliver Luck, Andrew Luck’s father and the current athletic director at West Virginia, will likely be a candidate.

The story was originally reported by Chip Brown of on September 13.

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