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Chris Del Conte responds to decisions by Big 12, university

Texas vice president and athletics director Chris Del Conte responded Thursday to statements from the Big 12 and the university regarding the coronavirus outbreak and the school's reaction (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — As stories and details about the coronavirus and its effects continue to multiply, Texas vice president and athletics director Chris Del Conte responded to new decisions and how they affect UT teams, coaches and student-athletes.

“We spent today talking to our coaches and as many of the student-athletes and teams as possible,” Del Conte said in a statement released Thursday through the Texas athletic department. “I thought it was imperative that we shared with them all of the facts as we know them and what the next steps are. It’s an extremely difficult time for them, and we certainly share their pain and disappointment. But it’s also important for them to understand the magnitude of the situation and that these decisions are being made in the best interest of everyone’s health, safety and well-being. It is an unprecedented time in college athletics and it’s imperative we make every effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).”

Del Conte’s statement