Gary Patterson: Chris Del Conte made a 'huge difference' at TCU

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

Patterson said "Chris is a friend!" and that Del Conte succeeded in making TCU a better place than it was when he arrived during his 8-year tenure as the school's athletic director.

Days before Patterson's official ouster, Texas president Greg Fenves already had an agreement in place with Mike Perrin that would make the former Longhorns linebacker and Houston-based attorney interim athletic director through at least August 2016.

Del Conte announced the move in a statement on Twitter, saying "the time has come to take on a new challenge". "Everybody's been thinking about it, and Chris has always been somebody that's been talked about". Del Conte departs Fort Worth after serving at TCU for eight years. According to USA Today's salary database, Del Conte earned just under $700,000 with TCU. The Horned Frogs football team defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl in 2011 and made a Big 12 Championship Game appearance last month, while the baseball program made three consecutive College World Series tournament appearances.

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TCU claims that, under Del Conte, the Frog Club set a record with an annual giving total of $13,231,727 with $31,876,783 in overall athletic donations.

Del Conte has served as director of intercollegiate athletics at Texas Christian University since 2009 and is nationally recognized for developing winning programs, upgrading facilities, improving the fan experience and helping student-athletes excel on and off the field. 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.

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