Fans were wringing their hands when CDC left six months ago... but Donati looks like the real deal after his first big time negotiations.
However, few could have predicted the way Donati would recover. He stared down Mississippi State, one of the proudest baseball programs in the SEC, and persuaded Schlossnagle to stay. Days later, he signed Sarloos to a three-year extension. Both expressed excitement at the possibility of bringing a national championship to Fort Worth.
It was a coup by the 40-year-old athletic director. Despite being the youngest in the Big 12, Donati made a statement – he’s ready to play with the big boys.
I would love to see softball in Fort Worth, but it appears that dream is all but dead.
TCU’s athletic department is out of balance with the makeup of the school’s enrollment, which is more than 60 percent female.
TCU last added beach volleyball, a female-only sport, in 2015. That was also low cost to start up, requiring only a sand volleyball court and one paid coach. The Horned Frogs’ have 15 women on their roster but there is a six scholarship limit.
TCU will have a Title IX review with the NCAA this summer. The NCAA will recommend a course of action to get closer to evening up the gender imbalance. Another cheap option would be archery, which is not an official NCAA sport and has no scholarship limits.
More poaching by CDC... Drew is really great at his job and a really wonderful person. He will be missed in Fort Worth.
“We have a lot of talented people here, and Shawn and Drew are tremendous additions to our staff,” Del Conte said in a statement. “They are the best at what they do and will play critical roles in helping us pull our staff together and function at a highly effective and efficient level. I know them well, they had a chance to meet our staff today, and I am thrilled they’re on board.”