Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte’s vision for bringing Longhorns football back to prominence involves some help from former coach Mack Brown.
In an interview with ESPNU Radio on Sirius XM, Del Conte explained that Brown is going to have a significant role with the program. First, he’s going to be able to offer advice to current coach Tom Herman.
“When Mack got here, he had [former Texas coach] Darrell Royal to lean on,” Del Conte said. “We’re bringing Mack back into the fold. Mack Brown will be in the building. We have an office for him where he sits around and gets to talk to Tom about what Darrell educated him on.”
Second, and maybe more important, Del Conte wants Brown to help unite the program’s boosters and fans to rally behind a shared vision for the future of the program. He said that is part of how TCU, where he served as AD from 2009 to 2017, was able to rise to prominence.
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“Because it’s going to take a united effort,” Del Conte said. “The difference between [Texas and] TCU, too, is they were rowing the boat in all the same direction. When they got left out of the Big 12, there’s 58,000 living alumni. They pointed the finger, then they said, ‘There’s three [fingers pointed] back at us.’ They all got in one boat and said, ‘We’re going to create a tsunami.’
“Here, Darrell Royal had a saying: If you let the BBs out of the box, it’s hard to get them back in. Well, how do you start to put all the BBs back in the box? You get all the people that have won, you put them in the same boat, and you start sharing a shared vision. And if we get everybody rowing that direction, this is a reckoning. It’s not a tsunami.”
With Del Conte as athletic director and Gary Patterson as coach, TCU football was able to jump from the Mountain West to the Big 12 and have great success. Del Conte was able to secure funding for the renovation of Amon G. Carter Stadium. And he credits those advances to having all of TCU’s power brokers working together.
Now Del Conte wants Brown to help unify the fan base so the Longhorns can return to glory. Del Conte repeatedly called Texas one of the country’s most “storied” programs in the interview. He wants the Longhorns to get back to looking like it.