University of Texas men’s athletic director DeLoss Dodds called the latest turmoil surrounding the Longhorns’ football program “a perfect storm,” but said Wednesday that he continues to give his complete support to embattled head football coach Mack Brown.
“Mack loves the game. He’s good for Texas,” Dodds told the American-Statesman. “He’s going to be a part of what his future is. I think the perfect storm scenario is apropos. I told Mack, ‘It’s a long season. There’s lots of time to do good things.’”
Asked on Wednesday if he agreed with Dodds’ assessment, Brown said, “I do. I’m loving coaching. I’m passionate about getting us back to where we want to be. And I’m working my tail off to get it fixed. I’m not backing off anything I’ve said before.”
Brown also thanked Dodds and school president Bill Powers for their support.
“I’ve got the two best bosses in the world,” he said. “They get it. They’ve put me in a position to run it. I’m responsible for it. I don’t have knee-jerk bosses.”
Dodds also denied all rumors that have surfaced saying he and Powers had met with Brown and said that no such meetings are scheduled in the future.
Brown, in his 16th season with the Longhorns, has won 151 games at Texas, just 16 shy of the late Darrell Royal’s all-time record at the school. But Brown’s teams have slipped to 23-17 over their last 40 games. The Longhorns, who were ranked 15th in the country, dropped out of the Top 25 polls this week after losing 40-21 to BYU.
Texas (1-1) plays 25th-ranked Mississippi at home this week. The Longhorns haven’t started a season 1-2 since 1998, Brown’s first year.
Dodds, 74, also refuted rumors that he might step down any time soon. He clarified his financial situation, saying he will receive the $1 million annuity that’s due him next August “automatically.”
It’s not contingent upon him remaining as athletic director, he said, but added that he has no plans to leave his job and hasn’t even thought about it.
“That’s never been a conversation I’ve had with anybody or even thought through myself,” Dodds said. “I get the annuity whether I retire or not. It’s automatically (given). I don’t have any immediate plans (about how long he’ll remain at his position).”
Would he stay another five years?
“I’m not going to comment on five years,” he said.
Dodds said he agreed with Brown’s decision to fire defensive coordinator Manny Diaz on Sunday, and that he thought the coaching move was necessary.
Are any other moves on the horizon?
“No, not that I know of,” he said.
“Mack’s fine,” Dodds said. “I know we didn’t play well Saturday. Mack will know if he should be coaching (at Texas) or shouldn’t be. I know this is my responsibility, and I’m not shying away from it. The bottom line is I’m for the kids and the coaches.”