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TCU names former player Jason Phillips linebackers coach

Former TCU player Jason Phillips looks on at the construction at Amon G. Carter Stadium during a 2011 visit to Fort Worth. He was named linebackers coach on Thursday in an announcement by TCU.
Former TCU player Jason Phillips looks on at the construction at Amon G. Carter Stadium during a 2011 visit to Fort Worth. He was named linebackers coach on Thursday in an announcement by TCU. Star-Telegram

Former Horned Frogs player Jason Phillips is taking over as linebackers coach at TCU, the school announced Thursday.

Phillips will replace DeMontie Cross, who left for the defensive coordinator’s position at Missouri. Phillips joined the staff last season as a graduate assistant. He was a four-time all-conference linebacker for the Frogs from 2005 to 2008.

Phillips coached the linebackers in bowl practices while Cross was meeting with Missouri, coach Gary Patterson said at the Alamo Bowl.

TCU also announced the promotion of Zarnell Fitch from director of high school relations to defensive line coach, where he will work with Dan Sharp, who will coach the defensive line for the second straight season.

Fitch joined TCU in 2014 as the high school liaison. He played in 2004 and 2005 on the defensive line for the Frogs before playing two seasons in the NFL and two seasons in arena football. He was the head coach at Dallas Lincoln in 2013, where he coached TCU receiver Emanuel Porter.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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