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Del Conte says he’s not listening to job offers: ‘TCU is home’

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte (center) congratulates coach Gary Patterson during an on-field ceremony to present a Big 12 championship trophy following a 55-3 victory against Iowa State on Dec. 6, 2014. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby (left) and TCU chancellor Dr. Victor Boschini (second from right) look on.
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte (center) congratulates coach Gary Patterson during an on-field ceremony to present a Big 12 championship trophy following a 55-3 victory against Iowa State on Dec. 6, 2014. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby (left) and TCU chancellor Dr. Victor Boschini (second from right) look on. Star-Telegram

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said Monday he has not spoken with Arizona about its opening and does not plan to, refuting speculation that linked him to the position.

“I’ve had many donors call me from my time there, and I tell them that I love them, that they’ll always have a special place in my heart, but TCU is home,” he said.

Del Conte was an assistant athletic director at Arizona from 2000 to 2006. He worked in the athletic department of another Pac-12 school, Washington State, in 1998 and 1999.

He said he is not looking for another job and feels no obligation to listen to offers.

No, I do not, because I don’t want our coaches doing that. I don’t want anyone doing that. I want everyone to be loyal to TCU.

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte, on whether he feels an obligation to listen to job offers

“No, I do not, because I don’t want our coaches doing that,” he said. “I don’t want anyone doing that. I want everyone to be loyal to TCU. I understand with coaches, it’s a businiess decision. It’s my choice to try to keep coaches here, and we’ve done a good job of doing that because we feel that TCU is a destination job. We have to remember that TCU is a destination job. That’s my feeling, and that’s what I say every time we recruit a player or coach to come here.”

On Twitter, Del Conte responded to followers about the speculation.

Del Conte has been at TCU since being hired from Rice in October 2009. Since his arrival, TCU has rebuilt Amon G. Carter Stadium in football, renovated the basketball arena and locker room and added new offices, a training center and a new locker room among other renovations at the baseball stadium. A new locker room was also built for volleyball, and soccer is resurfacing its playing field.

Del Conte said football and baseball season tickets are sold out and that soccer, men’s tennis and volleyball led the Big 12 in attendance.

“Opportunities come and go,” Del Conte said. “At some point in time, I’ll look back on my career at TCU and say we did a lot of good things. But we still have a lot of work to do. We’re just getting started competing on a national level across all sports, and I want to see that through.”

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