Board of Regents to consider athletic directors’ salary deals

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The UT System Board of Regents will discuss new contracts for UT men’s athletics director DeLoss Dodds and women’s athletics director Chris Plonsky at their Thursday meeting.

The regents set the salary for University System presidents and approve salaries for head coaches as well as athletics directors. Recommendations for athletics salaries originate at the university level, said UT System spokesman Matt Flores.

The discussions will take place in executive session and the regents will take any action on new contracts afterwards in open session.

“We’re not privy to any of the discussions prior to it taking place,” Flores said.

Dodds arrived at UT in 1981 and led the program into the newly-created Big 12 when it was established in 1996. The University turned down an offer to join the Pac-10 athletic conference this summer after the University of Nebraska left the Big 12.

His current contract, which expires next August, pays him $675,000. Plonsky’s contract pays her $325,000.