In a press conference Tuesday, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds announced that he will be stepping down in August of 2014, and into an advisory position within the department. If his successor is found before then, Dodds will expedite his transition. This, of course, comes as no surprise, as Dodds is 76 years old and has hinted at retirement in the past. Via College Football Talk, we get some quotes from Dodds:
“I love The University of Texas, and I love the people. We’ve had a great run,” Dodds said in statements provided by the school. “I have been contemplating this decision for a while. (University of Texas President) Bill Powers and I have talked it over, and this is something I am ready to do at this time. …
“I promised to let people know well in advance. I want the university to have the appropriate amount of time to find a successor, and I want to ensure that the athletics department can prepare and execute a succession plan for new leadership.”
While Dodds’ retirement has been expected for some time, the announcement of it officially starts the clock on several Texas coaches. Mack Brown, already on the hot seat and fending off verbal barbs from Texas legends, is as good as gone. Rick Barnes, a terrific recruiter whose teams always manage to underwhelm, is now on notice. So too, is 74 year old baseball coach Augie Garrido, whose squad finished ninth in the Big XII last year with a 7-17 conference record. By this time next year, the Texas athletic department could have a completely different look.