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Rumor Alert: Nebraska may have found it’s new AD.

Rumor Alert: Nebraska may have found it’s new AD.

According to an anonymous source, Nebraska may have received a commitment from current TCU Athletic Director Chris Del Conte and Nebraska is just waiting on the timing of the announcement.

So the question remains, if he were to take the job, do he give Riley the boot and bring in Gary Patterson who has had major success at TCU minus all the talent he could pull in at Nebraska.

Some background on Chris Del Conte from GOFROGS.com

Chris Del Conte was appointed TCU’s director of intercollegiate athletics in October 2009.

Since his arrival on campus, Del Conte has overseen a series of historic moments for TCU Athletics that include the Horned Frogs’ July 1, 2012 entrance into the Big 12 Conference and over $300 million in construction projects that were all donor funded.

A new $164 million Amon G. Carter Stadium debuted in September 2012, while a $72 million renovation of TCU’s longtime basketball facility saw the opening of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena in December 2015. Most recently, a $5 million football office renovation project, which included the opening of the Huffman Football Center, was completed in Summer 2017. A $7.5 million project at Charles and Marie Lupton Baseball Stadium at Williams-Reilly Field, completed in February 2016, saw the creation of a new locker room, classroom, team lounge, sports medicine center, equipment room, alumni locker room and coaches’ offices as well as a new video board. A new locker room facility opened in Fall 2016 for the volleyball program, while the Lowdon Track and Field Complex saw a donor-funded $1 million renovation and improvement project that featured a new running surface, seating area and press box.

Other facility projects under Del Conte include the Horned Frogs opening a new football locker room, sports medicine center and equipment room in 2012. Within the sports medicine center, TCU became the first school in the nation to have its own cryo sauna. There was also a Spring 2011 expansion of baseball’s Lupton Stadium, the Fall 2011 debut of the Bob Lilly Physical Performance Center and the Fall 2014 opening of the Alice and Brad Cunningham Nutrition Stand. Almost $6 million combined contributed to the August 2010 completion of the Jane Justin Fieldhouse at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium and the Fall 2014 opening of the G. Malcolm Louden Player Development Center for Baseball.

The momentum around TCU is evident in its donor support. The 2017 fiscal year saw a new record-breaking Frog Club Annual Giving total of $13,231,727 with $31,876,783 in overall athletic giving. The three highest totals in overall athletic giving at TCU have come in the last four years.

The partnership between TCU, Fort Worth and the Metroplex has never been stronger. In 2016, a sellout of football season tickets occurred for the fourth time in five seasons. During that time, in addition to football, baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, soccer, men’s tennis, track and field and volleyball have set either season ticket or attendance records.

The Horned Frogs’ success story extends to the classroom. In each of the last three semesters, dating back to Spring 2016, TCU student-athletes have posted the top-three cumulative grade-point averages in program history. In each case, it’s been over a 3.0. In 2016-17, 120 student-athletes earned their degrees.

Under Del Conte, five TCU head coaches (Gary Patterson, football; Jim Schlossnagle, baseball; Karen Monez, rifle; David Roditi, men’s tennis; Haley Schoolfield, equestrian) have been named National Coach of the Year in their respective sports. Jamie Dixon, hired in March 2016 as head men’s basketball coach, received National Coach of the Year accolades at Pittsburgh.

During Del Conte’s time on campus, two national team championships and five individual NCAA track and field titles have been won. In its opening five years of Big 12 play, TCU has captured conference team championships in football, baseball and men’s tennis. Overall, 10 sports (baseball, women’s basketball, football, women’s golf, rifle, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s indoor and outdoor track and field) have won conference titles under Del Conte, who has seen 17 of 21 sports represented in NCAA postseason play.

Other milestones on the playing fields under Del Conte include the football program winning the 2011 Rose Bowl, as part of back-to-back appearances in a BCS game, and the baseball program reaching the College World Series in four consecutive seasons (2014-17) and five times in eight years. Men’s basketball won the 2017 NIT Championship in its first season under Dixon.

Del Conte was the recipient of a 2015 NACDA Under Armour AD of the Year Award and the 2010 Bobby Dodd Division I-A Athletic Director’s Award. In February 2015, he was named to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Committee.

During his tenure at Rice, Del Conte had responsibility for 16 intercollegiate programs, 350 student-athletes, along with coaches and staff. Del Conte also designed, developed and managed the Rice Vision for the Second Century Campaign, which raised over $90 million. The Second Century Campaign included athletic facilities such as the Tudor Fieldhouse and Youngkin Center for Student-Athlete Excellence as well as upgrades to the football stadium. Del Conte also secured a marketing sponsorship and broadcast rights contract for Rice and maintained a focus on student-athlete academic achievement, resulting in numerous public recognition awards from the NCAA for the academic progress rate of student-athletes.

Prior to Rice, Del Conte was the senior associate athletics director for external operations and sports programs at the University of Arizona (2000-06). In that role, Del Conte had responsibility for the planning, management and oversight of the day-to-day operation for the department of intercollegiate athletics. He also functioned as the chief financial officer; managed external operations; had oversight and management of all contracts, ticket sales, broadcast rights fees, corporate sponsorships, and trademarks and licensing; and oversight of all facility construction.

Del Conte also served as an assistant athletics director for external operations at both Washington State (1998-99) and Cal Poly (1994-98).

Del Conte served on the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and currently assists with the Davey O’Brien Foundation Board, the National Sports Marketing Network Board and the Collegiate Sports Summit. His other professional committee involvement and associations include the Division I-A Athletics Directors Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Del Conte received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from UC Santa Barbara, where he was a track and field student-athlete, and a master’s degree in education, administration and supervision from Washington State.

Del Conte is married to Dr. Robin Ward and has two daughters, Sienna and Sophia.

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