DeLoss Dodds announced his plans to step down as University of Texas men's athletics director Tuesday afternoon. Texas consistently boasted the most profitable athletics program in the country under Dodds' watch and won 14 national championships and 108 conference titles during his 32-year tenure.
"The time has come for me to step down and the time has come for the university to have someone else in there," Dodds said. "There are a lot of qualified men and women who can do this job and give a different set of eyes."
UT president Bill Powers said that he would begin a nationwide search for Dodds' replacement immediately and is hoping to name a successor in a couple months, although no specific timetable has been developed. While whoever takes over for Dodds will require UT Board of Regents approval to assume the position of men's athletics director, Powers said he expects a smooth transition.
"I do not anticipate any obstacles to that kind of transition," Powers said. "We have not put [a timetable] together... You extend things, you don't replace them. The good news for the person coming in is they are inheriting something wonderful DeLoss has built over the last three decades. I have no doubt this will be a very highly sought after job."
Dodds' last day on the job will be Aug. 31, 2014 and he will have input as to who replaces him.
Dodds said he would remain in the athletic department in a part-time role until 2020.