SBJ/February 20-26, 2017/Champions

Quotes from Dodds and others


DELOSS DODDS ON . . .



COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S PLAYOFF SYSTEM
“It’s absolutely working, but they need to go to eight teams. It’ll evolve to that. Smart people will figure out how to do both because of the money that’s involved.”

PLAYER COMPENSATION
“There’s lots more schools can do. I’m for helping the players. I’m for paying the players up to a certain amount. Cost of attendance has been helpful, but I would do more. … You know, I’m not even sure cost of attendance is a good benchmark because the amount is so different in lots of places. It’s become a recruiting advantage. … I know this: We ought to give them as much as we can.”

THE FUTURE OF THE NCAA
“It can’t continue to look the same. It’s got to look different. I don’t see how the NCAA works with such a wide spectrum. They’ve got to federate — let each sport run itself. You can’t keep making a rule and then saying it applies to every sport. Big schools take care of themselves; small schools make their own rules. I think the NCAA is going to change dramatically.”

                                                                                                      — Compiled by Michael Smith


THEY SAID IT . . .


“As a friend and boss, all he expected from me was to keep him posted so he knew exactly what was happening and wouldn’t be surprised. That was fair. Whenever I asked for something, he would always ask: 1) Was it for the student athletes? and 2) Will it help us win? If I could answer yes to both questions, he would give it to me.”
MACK BROWN
Former Texas football coach

“He wouldn’t work a room. The room would come to him. That was his Midwestern background, just steady.”
CHRIS PLONSKY
Texas women’s athletic director

“He was strong-willed when it came to Texas. He knew he had the leverage.”
TOM STULTZ
JMI Sports president who worked with Dodds on the formation of the Longhorn Network

“He ought to be in the AD Hall of Fame.”
RED MCCOMBS
Texas booster and former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Vikings

“Whenever you walk with him anywhere, he knows everybody and he knows something about them. He’s always been that way; he has a way of showing he cares. He’d say that it’s not just about how you treat people at the top of the ladder that counts.”
DOUG DODDS
DeLoss’ son

“I really admire his character and how he goes about his business. Now make no mistake, he was tough. He wanted things done right. But when people went to work for DeLoss, they didn’t want to
disappoint him. That’s leadership.”
KENNY JASTROW
Texas booster and distinguished alumnus

“I call him all the time. He’s still the North Star for me.”
CHRIS DEL CONTE
TCU athletic director

“He absolutely saved the athletics program at Kansas State and put it on solid footing.”
CHUCH NEINAS
Former Big Eight and Big 12 commissioner

“DeLoss had a very understated way about him. I tried to get him on the field for presentations, but he never wanted to be the story. He’d tell me to put the student athletes and coaches first.”
SCOTT WILLINGHAM
General manager, Longhorn IMG Sports Marketing

“He got people to do what needed to be done, without telling them to do it.”
JEFF SCHEMMEL
Track athlete who ran for Dodds at Kansas State

“Whenever we’d have dinner together and somebody would see us, they’d give us a look like, ‘What are you guys doing together?’ The rivalry still existed, it still swirled around everything we did. But it didn’t affect our relationship.”
JOE CASTIGLIONE
Athletic director at Texas’ rival, Oklahoma

“When you’re dealing with Texas boosters, you’re juggling a lot of chainsaws.”
AUGIE GARRIDO
Former Texas baseball coach


                                                                                                        — Compiled by Michael Smith


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