Big 12 football notebook: Texas AD DeLoss Dodds expected to announce resignation on Tuesday

Dodds, who has been at Texas for 32 years, will announce his retirement after denying previous reports that he would vacate the position before the end of 2013.
by Erik Horne Published: September 30, 2013
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photo - COLLEGE FOOTBALL: ** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND  AUG. 26-27 ** University of Texas Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds is shown in the football stadium's improved press box Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, in Austin, Texas. The giant scoreboard and bleachers for over 4,000 in the background are also additions for the coming seven home game season. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck) ORG XMIT: AT101
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: ** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND AUG. 26-27 ** University of Texas Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds is shown in the football stadium's improved press box Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, in Austin, Texas. The giant scoreboard and bleachers for over 4,000 in the background are also additions for the coming seven home game season. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck) ORG XMIT: AT101

Dodds stepping down, remembering Street and praising Kliff

Texas had it all on Monday: An impeding resignation, a legend remembered and more Mack Brown on the defense.

The last strike of the day was DeLoss Dodds. As reported by the Austin American-Statesman on Monday afternoon, the UT athletic director will announce Tuesday that he will be stepping down in August 2014.

Dodds, 76, has been on the job 32 years at UT. He will announce his retirement after denying previous reports that he would vacate the position before the end of 2013. The American-Statesman's sources pointed to West Virginia AD Oliver Luck as a candidate to replace Dodds.

Monday morning, the death of former UT quarterback James Street was met with sadness across the Big 12. Brown's morning media session immediately kicked off with questions about Street, who led Texas to the 1969 national championship and was unbeaten in 20 starts for the Longhorns.

“We've lost a great man in James Street, a great friend of mine, that's done so much not only for the University of Texas, but for our state, and really for America,” Brown said. “It's shocking news this morning, and very disappointing, but his memory and his accomplishments, and really the influence he had over so many of us, will go on forever.”

Even the death of Street couldn't keep the job-security buzzards from circling Brown at his regularly scheduled news conference later in the day. Speaking Sunday to KRIV-TV in Houston, former Texas running back Earl Campbell said it was time for Brown's exit — either by firing or resignation.

Following Lane Kiffin's dismissal USC coach on Sunday, Brown might be sitting on the hottest seat in college football.

“Earl has done so much for Texas,” Brown said Monday. “He will always be welcomed at our school. I'm disappointed in his comments, but he's entitled to his opinion.”

Texas' Thursday night game against Iowa State (1-2) gives the Longhorns (2-2, 1-0 Big 12) nine days between facing the Cyclones and Oklahoma (Oct. 12).

WHAT CHANGED FOR WVU?

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said the Mountaneers played together better Saturday in a 30-21 upset of Oklahoma State.

West Virginia (3-2, 1-1) rebounded from a 37-0 loss to Maryland the week before.

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by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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