Texas hires TCU AD Chris Del Conte for same position

Texas reportedly snags TCU AD Chris Del Conte for same position with Longhorns

Report | Texas hires TCU athletic director Chris Del Donte

It appears TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte is jumping on I-35 and heading down to a new job in Austin.

Del Conte, who will start on Monday, will replace Mike Perrin, who took over on an interim basis in 2015 after Steve Patterson was sacked.

The University of Texas has a new leader in the athletic department.

The baseball team has become a regular participant in the College World Series.

In a statement released on Twitter, Del Conte announced his new title at Texas while expressing his gratitude toward TCU.

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"Mike has been a trusted partner and friend and will forever have my gratitude and the gratitude of Longhorn Nation", Texas president Greg Fenves said. According to his bio on the TCU website, Del Conte fund raised over $300 million in projects that were all donor funded. "He knows the state of Texas, supports student-athletes, understands the media landscape of college sports, and is one of the best athletics directors in the country", Fenves said. Del Conte departs Fort Worth after serving at TCU for eight years.

A news conference is planned on Monday in Austin.

"The situation with Mike at Texas is not normal", former Big Eight and Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas told the San Antonio Express-News previous year.

Del Conte took over at TCU in 2009 and has raised that athletic program to heights the Horned Frogs have never reached before. Under his watch TCU also underwent several athletic upgrades, most notably the construction of the new Amon G. Carter Stadium and football offices at a cost of almost $170 million and a $72 million renovation of TCU's basketball facility. "After being with President Fenves and hearing his vision for the future of The University of Texas, I couldn't be more honored to join his leadership team".

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