Mac Engel scores the interview, and what CDC has to say makes perfect sense.
“You only get one crack at this life, and I didn’t want to think, ‘What if?’ I didn’t want that regret,” Del Conte said in a phone conversation Saturday night. “[Texas] is one of the most iconic names in the country and in this profession. I don’t know how many chances I’ll get at this, and I couldn’t say no. The timing is right.
“When TCU hired me they said, ‘Can you get us into a BCS conference and can you build us a new stadium. We did that. I had the best job in America. And, with Gary Patterson, Jamie Dixon and Jim Schlossnagle, and all of the other great coaches and Chancellor Boschini, TCU is set. I really think we have built one of the best athletic departments in the country. We did everything we set out to do. We blew it out of the water. I mean, what else is left?”
Was the Big 12 membership story exaggerated? Maybe so.
"He's a smart and creative leader who has a great passion for student-athletes and college sports," Herman said. "On top of that, he's an engaging, energetic and fun person to be around and work with."
Del Conte's deal-making ability came to the forefront when he lobbied Dodds for his vote on TCU's membership. After waiting for nearly eight hours, the two talked over dinner and drinks.
"He's ready. He's a great guy. He has all the experience he needs," Dodds said Saturday.
He said Del Conte may have embellished the TCU membership story a bit but didn't deny the core facts. His advice to Del Conte on being a success at Texas?
The Horns could have kept Perrin on until his deal expires in late 2018, but they targeted their man and moved quickly. Word out of TCU makes it seem as though this was a sudden and unexpected departure.
"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. 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.
A person with knowledge of Del Conte's contract told The Associated Press he has a seven-year deal with an annual salary starting at $1.3 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school was not yet ready to publicly release contract details. The contract must still be approved by the Texas board of regents.
Number 13? Oh boy, I don’t even know how to feel about that.
The Horned Frogs improved to 10-0 late Friday with an 84-80 victory over Nevada in the final game of a tripleheader at Staples Center. So now, barring a big upset, TCU should take a 12-0 record -- and 17-game winning streak -- into its Big 12 opener with Oklahoma on Dec. 30. It's been a remarkable and impressive turnaround for second-year coach Jamie Dixon, who took over a program that went 12-21 the season before his arrival. Before him, the Horned Frogs were bad. But with him, they're 34-15 since the beginning of last season. And a top-30 recruiting class is on the way.
Great news for Josh Carraway... hopefully Denzel Johnson will be next in Nashville!
As a defensive end in college, Carraway racked up eight sacks and 11 tackles for a loss in his senior season. TCU finished 6-7 that year, the worst year for Horned Frog football while Carraway was on campus. During his junior season the Frogs ended with an 11-2 record, and tallied a 12-1 season when Carraway was a sophomore.
Despite his senior year not ending the way he might have wanted, Carraway was one of the most under-appreciated Horned Frogs. He clearly had the skill to switch positions and make it in the NFL, the Titans wouldn’t be signing him if he hadn’t made significant progress. Carraway’s time at TCU will be remembered as a defensive end, but he’ll have staying power at the next level as a linebacker.