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Texas Working On List Of Replacements For Retiring AD DeLoss Dodds
Published October 2, 2013
BETTER THAN MOST: In Austin, John Maher writes, "What Dodds did best, better than all others engaged in college sports, was create revenue." Dodds said that the department’s budget was $4M when he arrived in '81 and is now pushing $170M. UT not long ago "became the first school to have revenue" of more than $100M in one sport, football. Dodds said that when he "arrived at Texas, the athletic department had 60 employees and it now has about 350." Dodds: “The money absolutely has changed things." Maher notes UT in Dodds’ tenure spent almost $400M "upgrading facilities, including remodeling the baseball stadium, building a basketball practice facility, building a track stadium and turning the football stadium into a money-making stream." UT a little more than two years ago "made history" when it, along with IMG College, signed a 20-year, $300M deal for the Longhorn Network. The deal "added to the lore surrounding Dodds’ negotiating skills" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 10/2). In Houston, Mike Finger writes of Dodds, "His legacy as one of the best in his field is unquestioned." Univ. of Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione said Dodds "shaped the agenda for what became of college athletics" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/2). HornsNation.com's Sean Adams said of Dodds, "He's done his time, he's been really, really successful -- probably ushered over the 'Golden Age' of what is the University of Texas sports. Now it's time to hand it over to somebody else ... to take it to the next stage" ("College Football Live," ESPN2, 10/1).