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Texas AD Chris Del Conte ‘clarifies’ post-game comments, says he’s not satisfied with 7-5

Posted December 3rd, 2019

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Texas President Gregory L. Fenves expressed no worries Tuesday about football coach Tom Herman and the direction of the program.

Asked about all the changes Herman has made to his coaching staff, Fenves said, “I think they’re good changes, and I’m optimistic for the future.”

Herman fired defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and outside receivers coach Drew Mehringer on Sunday. He also demoted offensive coordinator Tim Beck and reassigned inside receivers coach Corby Meekins.

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Meanwhile, UT athletic director Chris Del Conte wrote to fans saying he wanted to “clarify” some of his post-game comments after the Texas Tech win where it could’ve been construed that he was satisfied with a 7-5 finish.

“Please don’t let the big picture message get misconstrued — this year didn’t match our expectations and no one is satisfied with simply having winning seasons,” Del Conte said in his weekly email to fans. “But considering where we had been for several years before Coach Herman took over, I’m seeing progress. That is just a part of the bigger picture.”

After Friday’s game, Del Conte met with a small group of reporters and recounted all the tumult the university went through this decade. Multiple chancellors, presidents, athletic directors and coaches came and left, creating unprecedented turnover in key positions.

“Our organization has gone through a great deal of change and disruption in a short period of time,” Del Conte wrote to fans, “and it came on the heels of being a bastion of stability for so long with legends like DeLoss Dodds, Mack Brown, Augie Garrido and Rick Barnes leading the way.”

Del Conte wrote that “building blocks are being put in place across the board, and obviously football is a part of that.

“We have a lot of work ahead,” he continued, “but with everything that is going on — the facilities we’re building, young talent, recruiting classes, some fresh new ideas combined with your passion and support — the future is definitely bright.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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