On Friday Orangebloods.com writer Chip Brown reported that DeLoss Dodds plans to retire at the end of the season, head of the UT communications department Nick Voinis responded with a statement this afternoon and called the reports “absolutely not true.”
A Texas spokesperson has denied a report that Longhorn athletic director DeLoss Dodds would step down at the end of the year.
Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com reported Friday that Dodds would move from the athletic director's chair to a "consulting role" for the Longhorns by the end of 2013. But Longhorn spokesperson Nick Voinis told CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd that the report was "absolutely not true."
As A.D. for the most profitable athletic department in the NCAA and holder of his position for the past 30 years, Dodds has wielded substantial influence in college athletics, particularly within the Big 12, and has rarely been shy about sharing his opinions on pressing college football topics.
- By Jerry Hinnen of cbssports.com
The full statement reads: “I love my job, I love the people I work with, and I love The University of Texas. I have no immediate plans to retire, but when I do, we will let everyone know well in advance so that people do not have to speculate. Now let’s go out and beat Ole Miss.”
Mike Finger of mysanantonio.com also reported on the false report and quoted Red McCombs.
San Antonio billionaire Red McCombs, who has donated more than $89 million to UT and has a statue bearing his likeness inside Royal-Memorial Stadium, said Friday he believes neither Dodds nor football coach Mack Brown have any intention of quitting. Asked what he’d heard about Dodds leaving his post, McCombs said, “Not a word.”
“I realize there’s a lot of talk out there, and I understand why,” McCombs said. “But there’s no split in the leadership. Everyone is solidly behind the A.D. and the coaches.”