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Saturday, November 1, 2014

DeLoss Dodds stepping down as Texas AD spells bad news for Mack Brown

DeLoss DoddsDeLoss Dodds reportedly will announce on Tuesday that he will step down as the athletic director at Texas on Aug. 31, 2014, which likely means Mack Brown will be out as head coach of the Longhorns.

There was a report from Orangeblood’s Chip Brown on Sept. 13 that Dodds would step down as AD, but Dodds denied that report. It looks like Brown was accurate with his reporting.

The Austin American Statesman said the announcement was originally planned for Monday but has been postponed until Tuesday because of the death of James Street.

Dodds oversaw the hiring of Brown as the school’s football coach and Augie Garrido as the school’s baseball coach, both of whom produced national championships. He also increased the overall value and popularity of the Texas Longhorns athletic brand and started the Longhorn Network, which was signed by ESPN to a 20-year, $300 million deal.

There is pressure on Texas to make a decision on Brown sooner rather than later now that USC is also in the market for a head football coach. The two programs are on similar levels of historic greatness and prestige, and will likely be competing for some of the same coaches.

Another interesting note from The Statesman is that Andrew Luck’s father, Oliver, who is the AD at West Virginia, could be a top candidate to replace Dodds.



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