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Texas AD DeLoss Dodds officially announces plan to step down

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

It's official: DeLoss Dodds will step down as Texas athletic director on August 31, 2014.

Though that news was reported Monday (and that Dodds would retire in the near future was reported as far back as Sept. 13), Dodds confirmed it at a press conference Tuesday at which he reflected on the achievements of his 32 years as Longhorn A.D.

"I love The University of Texas, and I love the people. We've had a great run," Dodds said, per Burnt Orange Nation. "I have been contemplating this decision for awhile. [Texas president] Bill Powers and I have talked it over, and this is something I am ready to do at this time."

Dodds said announcing his retirement now would give Powers an extended timetable for finding his replacement.

"It's the best thing for the university and the best thing for this athletic department," Dodds said, according to the Statesman.

Powers thanked Dodds profusely, said the search for Dodds' replacement would begin immediately, and added that he hoped it would be completed within the next few months -- though he would make no promise to that effect.

As for the status of embattled Longhorn football coach Mack Brown, Dodds said his decision had nothing to do with the football team's struggles. He added -- notably -- that the new athletic director would have a substantial say in any coaching decisions.

"Anything this department does significantly over the next year needs to have the hand of the new person in on it," Dodds said, per Burnt Orange Nation.

That response might beg the question of how much Dodds's hands will be on it, as the 76-year-old is expected to remain on as a consultant even beyond the August 31 resignation. But those questions might be for a day other than Tuesday -- the first day in somewhere between 11,000 and 12,000 such days that the Texas athletic director's chair didn't belong entirely to DeLoss Dodds.

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