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TCU defensive coordinator Bumpas calls it a career after coaching nearly 40 years

Dick Bumpas served as TCU defensive coordinator the past 11 seasons. Three years in a row (2008-10) the Horned Frogs had the nation’s top defense. Bumpas is retiring after nearly 40 years of coaching.
Dick Bumpas served as TCU defensive coordinator the past 11 seasons. Three years in a row (2008-10) the Horned Frogs had the nation’s top defense. Bumpas is retiring after nearly 40 years of coaching. Star-Telegram

Dick Bumpas, the TCU defensive coordinator since 2004 who helped the Horned Frogs post the country’s No. 1 defense for three consecutive seasons (2008-10), is retiring, the school announced Wednesday.

Bumpas has coached nearly 40 years and worked alongside TCU coach Gary Patterson much of that time including stops at Kansas State, Tennessee Tech, Utah State and Navy. Patterson was a linebacker on the 1981 Kansas State team when Bumpas was the defensive line coach. The next season Patterson was a graduate assistant and joined Bumpas on the staff.

Bumpas, 65, is a three-time finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, recognizing the nation’s top assistant.

He was the Southwest Conference defensive player of the year in 1970 at Arkansas and a consensus All-American as a defensive tackle.

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