FORT WORTH — For TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle, Chris Del Conte’s departure for the Texas athletic director position was news to him as much as it was for all Horned Frogs fans.
The 13-year TCU head coach, who has taken the Horned Frogs to four consecutive College World Series appearances, said there was no advance notice of Del Conte’s decision to leave the university for the job with the Longhorns.
But despite the sudden turn of events, Schlossnagle said there were indicators that Del Conte’s tenure in Fort Worth was potentially winding down — even if the end came sooner than expected.
“He never really talked about [leaving], but Texas…obviously they were going to have a job opening at some and we feel like Chris is as good as anybody in the country and that he was going to be considered,” Schlossnagle said. “Those things happen.”
Even more telling than the pending Texas opportunity, however, may have been Del Conte’s approach to the job of athletic director.
Schlossnagle said the former TCU athletic director viewed the role as one that required eventual movement — no matter the time frame.
“Chris always had the philosophy that athletic directors have a shelf life,” Schlossnagle said. “I’m not sure if I entirely agree with that, but I can understand his point of view and with athletic directors — they’re always changing ticket prices and pushing the envelope. Sometimes that eventually rubs fans the wrong way and that it’s time to do it somewhere else.”
And that might just be why Schlossnagle doesn’t see Del Conte’s move necessarily as leaving for a better opportunity.
“The grass was never greener for him and I know that this decision was not about the grass being greener,” Schlossnagle said. “I know that for sure.”
Del Conte had served at TCU since 2009. Deputy Athletic Director Jeremiah Donati was promoted to Athletic Director on Monday following Del Conte’s resignation to take the Texas job.
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