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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Gene Smith: 'Staying at Ohio State'

By Austin Ward
ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith on Thursday shot down a report that he might pursue the same position at Texas and made it clear that he has no intentions to leave his current post.

The Austin American-Statesmen identified Smith as a target for the Longhorns as they search for a replacement for the retiring DeLoss Dodds and reported Thursday that he would interview for the position.

Smith, however, quickly issued a statement dismissing the claim and posted on Twitter that he was "staying at Ohio State."

... Reports of me interviewing at the University of Texas are inaccurate. Thank you and Go Bucks!

— gene smith (@OSU_AD) October 31, 2013

"I have the greatest respect for the University of Texas and one of my mentors, DeLoss Dodds," Smith said in the statement released by the school. "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."

Smith, 57, has worked with the Buckeyes for nine years after previous stints at Arizona State, Iowa State and Eastern Michigan. He currently oversees one of the largest athletic departments in the nation with 36 fully funded sports and more than 1,000 athletes.