A University of Texas administrator vehemently denied a report on Friday that said Longhorns athletic director DeLoss Dodds plans to step down by the end of the calendar year. Nick Voinis, the Texas senior associate athletic director for communications, said Dodds had no such plans.
"Three words," Voinis said. "Absolutely not true."
Orangebloods.com reported on Friday that Dodds, 74, had agreed to leave the position he has held for 32 years and step into a consulting role. Asked if there have been any discussions about Dodds retiring, Voinis said there have been none. Dodds is under contract through August 2015.
The past week has been a turbulent one in Austin. Football coach Mack Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz on Sunday, a day after the Longhorns allowed a school-record 550 rushing yards in a loss at BYU. Brown's job security has been questioned more than ever. Dodds has also come under fire because the football, men's basketball and baseball teams have underperformed recently. Texas generates more revenue than any athletic department in the country, in large part thanks to the fundraising machine built by Dodds. But with the results on the field and court not matching the results on the balance sheet, Dodds' leadership has been called into question. The Longhorns' football team faces Ole Miss on Saturday in Austin.