University of Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, who over the past 32 years has built the Longhorns into one of the nation’s wealthiest and most prestigious college athletic programs, will announce Tuesday that he will step down next August, three well-connected sources told the American-Statesman on Monday.
Dodds, 76, will stay on through Aug. 31, 2014, and will remain as a paid consultant through 2015, sources said. He will receive a $1 million annuity in August.
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Major events in UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds’ career:
1959: Graduates from Kansas State with a degree in physical education. Also earns a minor in psychology.
1961: Returns to Kansas State to serve as an assistant coach for the Wildcats’ track and field team. Becomes the head track coach in 1963 and serves in that position for 14 seasons.
1981: Is hired as the University of Texas’ men’s athletic director, succeeding Bill Ellington. Dodds had spent three years as Kansas State’s athletic director and two years as an assistant commissioner in the Big Eight Conference.
1983: Texas’ baseball team beats Alabama to win the College World Series, the first of 14 national titles that UT men’s teams would win during Dodds’ tenure.
1996: Dodds oversees the breakup of the Southwest Conference and the creation of the Big 12, which officially kicks off for the 1996-97 school year.
1997: Texas hires Mack Brown to coach the football team. Three football coaches were hired during Dodds’ regime — Brown (1997), John Mackovic (1991) and David McWilliams, who replaced Fred Akers before the 1987 season.
2006: In January, Texas beats USC to win the football national championship for the 2005 season. It is UT’s first national title in football since the 1970 season.
2007: Dodds is inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. He also is a member of the Texas Hall of Honor (inducted in 1997), the Kansas State Athletic Hall of Fame (1995) and the U.S. Track Coaches Hall of Fame (2006).
2010: Becomes integrally involved in negotiations for Texas to leave the Big 12 in order to join the Pac-10. The Longhorns, however, ultimately stay with a new-look Big 12.
2011: Helps Texas land the Longhorn Network, which launches in August. The agreement between Texas and ESPN is a 20-year deal worth $300 million.
— Compiled by Danny Davis