TCU's Chris Del Conte to be hired as Athletic Director at Texas

Chris Del Conte

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte announced that he has accepted the same position with the University of Texas and will assume responsibility for both the men's and women's athletic departments, as initially reported by the Austin American-Statesman on Saturday.

Del Conte was the recipient of a 2015 NACDA Under Armour AD of the Year Award and the 2010 Bobby Dodd Division I-A Athletic Director's Award.

"The time has come to take on a new challenge", Del Conte said. Mike will stay on as an adviser to Chris Del Conte until at least August, and he will forever have my gratitude and the gratitude of Longhorn Nation.

"Chris has the experience, vision and character that's needed for Texas to build on the Longhorns' rich legacy and to continue winning with integrity for years to come", Fenves said in a statement.

Texas has found its next athletic director and managed to do so by taking from one of its in-state rivals.

Under his leadership, Del Conte oversaw the school's entrance into the Big 12 in 2012.

According to USA Today's salary database, Del Conte earned just under $700,000 with the Horned Frogs. He oversaw the construction of a new tennis center and the early plans to relocate the Erwin Center; he hired great coaches in Tom Herman and David Pierce; and he was a trusted partner and friend to me. Under Del Conte, TCU made a $170 million upgrade to its football stadium and a $72 million renovation of its basketball facility, and the baseball team made the College World Series the last three seasons.

Prior to Del Conte's work at TCU he served as Athletic Director for the Rice Owls from 2006 - 2010.

He joins Texas at a pivotal stage in the university's hopes to right a sinking ship of athletics.

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