DeLoss Dodds announced his retirement as the University of Texas’ athletic director Tuesday afternoon, after a 32-year career which launched the school into the forefront of college sports with 14 national championships and 108 conference titles.
In front of a packed press conference, Dodds said he will leave his position at the end of next August, ahead of the 2014-2015 school year. Dodds said he had told his staff in June that he was considering retirement.
"It's the best thing for the university and athletics department," Dodds said.
Bill Powers, U.T.’s president, said Dodd’s position will be tough to fill and that the new athletic director would have to build on Dodd’s legacy. Powers said school leaders would rely heavily on Dodd’s advice in selecting his replacement.
"We will start a nationwide search today—with his help—to find a successor," Powers said.
As for any possible coaching changes for the Longhorns, Dodds said those decisions would be better left to the new athletic director.
When asked about his favorite memories working at the university, Dodds mentioned many things, including a conversation with former Longhorn Vince Young after a national title game.
"I can remember struggling to decide to come to Texas 32 years ago,” Dodds said. “What a blessing."