COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has shot down rumors that he is interviewing for the vacant University of Texas athletic director position.
Smith issued a statement via email and also on his Twitter account on Thursday.
''I have the greatest respect for the University of Texas and one of my mentors, DeLoss Dodds,'' he said in the statement. ''I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be the athletics director at The Ohio State University. Reports of me interviewing at the University of Texas are inaccurate.''
A seven-person advisory panel is searching for a replacement for Dodds, who built the Longhorns into the nation's richest athletic department with an annual budget of nearly $170 million. Dodds is retiring in 2014 after 32 years at Texas.