Texas hires new athletic director Chris Del Conte

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TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte will be moving into the same role at Texas, Del Conte acknowledged in a statement Saturday. He succeeds Mike Perrin, who was hired in 2015 after former athletic director Steve Patterson was forced out after less than two years. 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. A source told SI that TCU's Chris Del Conte will be hired by UT.

In a wide-ranging survey of ADs and national media by SI this year, Del Conte received the second-most points amongst his peers, trailing only OU's Joe Castiglione. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school was not yet ready to publicly release contract details.

Del Conte was Rice's athletic director at the same time Tom Herman served as the football team's offensive coordinator. On tap for Del Conte will be the construction of a new basketball facility for the Longhorns, as well as continuing the solid work Perrin has put in place to build goodwill with the alumni, donors, state legislature and City of Austin.

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But while football is struggling, Texas appears set for long-term success across the athletic department. In its opening five years of Big 12 play, the Horned Frogs have captured conference championships in football, baseball and men's tennis.

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

Under his leaders, Del Conte helped raise the athletic program to new heights at TCU after taking over in 2009. "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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