STATE OF THE LONGHORNS: AIMING TO BE TEXAS AGAIN
Texas moving forward with new athletic director, coaches.
Perhaps the most impressive thing
Chris Del Conte has done since arriving in Austin last December is how he’s carried himself. He’s walked, talked and acted like the Texas athletic director.
“Texas needs to get back to being Texas — period,” Del Conte told reporters earlier this month.
Those words might come off as arrogant in print. It’s probably off-putting to those who support other institutions. But it’s a straightforward statement that carries significant truth. Texas does need to get back to being Texas. Period.
Of course, Longhorns fans have drifted into a serious malaise over this decade. Mediocre football and uninspiring basketball and baseball led to coaching changes in the school’s only three profitable sports. There was dramatic turbulence in the administrative ranks followed by a two-year period of calm — and more mediocrity.
The previous year was one highlighted by major changes in the AD suite and the football offices. Now, 2018 projects as a year when the Texas athletic department continues to find its footing and start moving in an expeditious fashion.
Del Conte has an unshakable belief that the state of the Longhorns is still strong.
“It’s a program that’s constantly being hunted,” he said. “No matter what happens, people are going to take potshots and try to achieve greatness by saying, ‘We beat Texas.’ We have to embrace that. You have to embrace the idea that your program is the hunted.”
That echos a similar thought for-
Andy Pendleton proudly runs into an end zone with a Longhorns flag after Texas scored a touchdown against Oklahoma State on Oct. 21.
A 33-16 win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl brought a smile to the face ofADChris Del Conte.