AUSTIN (KXAN) - DeLoss Dodds announced Tuesday that he will step down as athletics director at the University of Texas, effective Aug. 31, 2014.
Dodds, 76, became the school's ninth athletics director in the fall of 1981. During his tenure, the Longhorns have claimed 14 National Championships and 108 conference (Southwest and Big 12) titles in nine different sports.
“I love The University of Texas, and I love the people. We’ve had a great run,” Dodds said. “I have been contemplating this decision for awhile. (University of Texas President) Bill Powers and I have talked it over, and this is something I am ready to do at this time.”
Dodds made three landmark hires back in the 90s with Augie Garrido replacing Cliff Gustafson in 1996, then Mack Brown was hired in 1997, followed by Rick Barnes in the spring of 1998.
Texas has also led the nation in profits the last eight years.
Dodds said he will remain active through the department’s transition.
“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,” Dodds said.
Over the past two decades, Dodds led the charge as the athletics department invested nearly $400 million in renovations and new facilities.
Powers will lead the efforts to find a new men’s athletics director for the university.
“DeLoss Dodds is one of the giants of college athletics,” Powers said. “His vision reshaped The University of Texas and the entire NCAA, and it’s been an honor to both work with him and call him a friend for so many years.
“I know that we will never truly be able to replace DeLoss Dodds. But the house that he built will remain strong for future generations of Longhorns.”
Dodds planned to make the announcement Monday but postponed the decision until Tuesday after learning of the death of former Longhorn legend James Street died. Street, 65, played for the Longhorns from 1966 to 1969 and is credited with engineering the team's wishbone offense in 1968. He played under legendary Coach Darrell Royal and was part of the 1969 national champion team.
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