Former Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds led the Longhorns to unprecedented heights during his 32 years at the helm of the athletic department. Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman

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DeLoss Dodds going into NACDA Hall of Fame

Former Longhorns AD to be honored this June at NACDA annual convention in Dallas

Posted May 3rd, 2016


DeLoss Dodds never much cared for the spotlight. But he’ll be front and center this June as the headline member of the 2016 class of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics’ Hall of Fame.

CREDIT: UPI, 08/14/81. DeLoss Dodds flashes the
DeLoss Dodds flashes the “Hook’em” sign as he sizes up a T-shirt that was presented to him by UT officials on his first day on the job on Aug. 14, 1981. (Photo by UPI)

Dodds, who guided the University of Texas athletic program for 32 years, will be one of seven administrators honored at the Learfield Directors’ Cup luncheon in Dallas on June 14.

Under Dodds’ leadership, the Longhorns became one of the biggest athletic departments in the nation. From 1981 to 2013, Texas won 14 national titles and 108 conference crowns in nine different sports.


One of Dodds’ enduring creations was the Longhorn Foundation, a booster club that has become a major fundraising arm for UT athletics.

Dodds also was a driving force in the creation of the Big 12 conference prior to the 1996-97 athletic year and the formation of the Longhorn Network in 2011.

At the time of Dodds’ retirement in 2013, Texas’ athletics had a $163.3 million athletic budget. That number grew to approximately $183 million under Dodds’ two successors, Steve Patterson and Mike Perrin.

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