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Texas Formalizes AD Search As Brown's Status Unclear

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Texas men's athletic director DeLoss Dodds, right, will step down next August. President Bill Powers announced a seven-person advisory panel Monday. The panel will help him select a replacement for Dodds and could help determine the future of football coach Mack Brown. Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images.
Texas men's athletic director DeLoss Dodds, right, will step down next August. President Bill Powers announced a seven-person advisory panel Monday. The panel will help him select a replacement for Dodds and could help determine the future of football coach Mack Brown. Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images.

Texas formalized its search for a new men's athletic director Monday, announcing a seven-person advisory panel to help select the new men's athletic director.

Current AD DeLoss Dodds is expected to retire and step down in August 2014. 

Pamela Willeford, U.S. ambassador to Switzerland under President George W. Bush, along with regents Steve Hicks and Robert Stillwell are among the panelists.

Dodds remains under contract until Aug. 31, 2014, but University of Texas president Bill Powers said he wants to name a replacement in a few months.

"(The panel's) guidance will be invaluable as I work over the next few weeks to find a new athletics director who will build on our program's success," Powers said.

It's unclear how the transition will affect the status of long-time head football coach Mack Brown, thought by many to have saved his job, at least temporarily, with a win against Oklahoma on Saturday. The athletic department is likely to review Brown's status after the season, and a new athletic director could be in place by then and have a say in the evaluation.