TCU fans were dealt a curveball on Saturday when it was announced that athletics director Chris Del Conte had been hired by Texas and will start the new role in the coming week.
Del Conte had been at TCU since 2009 and oversaw many athletic highlights — perhaps none more than on the football field.
TCU football head coach Gary Patterson expressed his gratitude for Del Conte’s contributions on Saturday, according to Hookem.com’s Brian Davis.
Patterson said “Chris is a friend!” and that Del Conte succeeded in making TCU a better place than it was when he arrived during his 8-year tenure as the school’s athletic director.
TCU coach Gary Patterson tells me, "Chris is a friend! All you can ask anyone to do is leave a place better than it was when they got there and Chris made a huge difference at TCU!"
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) December 9, 2017
TCU football captured a Rose Bowl title and recorded six 10-win seasons during Del Conte’s time in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs also captured a co-Big 12 Championship just three seasons after entering the conference — a move which Del Conte had an instrumental role in.
Time will tell if Del Conte can replicate his success from TCU with the Longhorns. Texas football completed its first season under head coach Tom Herman in 2017. The Longhorns began the season ranked No. 23 in the AP Top 25 poll, but finished the year 6-6 — a one win improvement from 2016.
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