Chris Del Conte speaks during a press conference announcing him as the new vice president and athletics director at the University of Texas, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Golden: As Texas AD, Chris Del Conte has shown up with a ‘truckload of wake ’em up’

Posted May 29th, 2018

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On the final stop of the “This is Texas” tour:

The “This is Texas Tour” drew raves in my hometown of Tyler, its last stop. The fans were pretty geeked to bounce questions off athletic director Chris Del Conte, though some had hoped to see football coach Tom Herman in the building.

Dan Toney, the former president of the Texas Exes of Smith County, told me he met with Del Conte at a Longhorn Foundation meeting last month and came away impressed with the latter’s vision, particularly his desire to put on a more united front when it comes to other departments joining athletics in representing the university.

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“He said there were a lot of paddleboats working hard but not together,” Toney said. “He said he wanted to get everything headed in the right direction. I think he’s on the way to making that happen.”

The one word that best describes him is accessible. It’s an admirable trait. If anything, it reveals that Del Conte understands where Texas is on a national level. It’s a sleeping giant, and he has shown up with a truckload of wake ’em up.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on the LeBron James/Michael Jordan debate and what the Dallas Cowboys should do with Terrance Williams, click here.

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