Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Texas Ad Officially Announces Retirement

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Texas Ad Officially Announces Retirement

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DeLoss Dodds, the Texas athletic director who built the program into a Goliath of college sports in terms of wealth, power and prestige, said Tuesday he is ready to retire and leave the Longhorns -- and some potentially tough coaching decisions -- in someone else's hands after three decades at the helm.

Dodds, 76, has led the Texas program since 1981, when he took a job that oversaw an athletic department budget of about $4 million. He will leave it Aug. 31, 2014, with an annual budget of nearly $170 million, upgraded and expanded facilities, and its own television network.

"This is a big day for me. I've thought a lot about it," Dodds said at a campus news conference with university president Bill Powers. "In 62 years, it will be the first time I haven't had a job. ... That's long enough to work. ... We've had a great run."

Dodds will move into a paid consulting role after he steps down. Powers said a search for Dodds' replacement will begin immediately and the new boss could step into the job as soon as being hired, with Dodds helping make the transition.

"We do not need somebody in a week," Powers said. "We can be thoughtful."

Instead of just a long goodbye for an administrator who wielded influence over not just Texas but over entire conferences, Dodds' departure intensifies speculation about football coach Mack Brown's future with the Longhorns.

Dodds deflected questions of potential coaching changes, saying his replacement should be involved in such decisions.

Pitt

Freshman receiver Tyler Boyd was added to the list of candidates for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award, given to the best receiver in the country. Through four games, Boyd has 23 catches for 425 yards and four touchdowns. In the Panthers' 14-3 win Saturday against Virginia, he caught seven passes for 111 yards, making him the first Pitt freshman to record three consecutive 100-yard receiving games since Antonio Bryant in 1999. Bryant won the Biletnikoff Award that year.

Boyd joins teammate Devin Street on the list of candidates for the award. …

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