TCU opens its doors to Rice in wake of Hurricane Harvey
TCU is lending a helping hand to another in-state football program, Rice University, by giving them refuge from the trauma of Hurricane Harvey.
The Horned Frogs will share their facilities with the Rice football team this week, according to a press release from the university. The Owls were in Australia for a game against Stanford when Harvey hit Houston.
Ready to set up temporary shop w/@TCUFootball while counting down to our return to South Main.— Rice Football (@RiceFootball) August 28, 2017
“I called them last night and said do you need any help, we’re here to help you,” TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said.“That was before they got on the plane for Australia and when they landed in Los Angeles they told me they were coming to Fort Worth.”
The team is en route from Los Angeles as they make their way back to Texas Monday afternoon.
“There is a strong brotherhood in the coaching world and it is never more evident than at times like these,” Rice football head coach David Bailiff said. “While we would love to be coming home today, our first responsibility is the safety of these players.”
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte, who served as the athletic director at Rice from 2006-2009, said it’s all about relationships. Bailiff served as the defensive line coach and defensive coordinator under Gary Patterson from 2001-2003, and Del Conte Hired Bailiff to be the head football coach at Rice in 2007.
“David Bailiff used to be Gary’s [Patterson’s] assistant years ago, they’re great friends, and I hired him to be the head coach at Rice,” Del Conte said. “In Texas when someone needs a helping hand, you give a helping hand. That’s what great about this state and this country.” Read More