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TCU promotes safeties, linebackers coaches to defensive co-coordinators

TCU safeties coach Chad Glasgow, promoted to defensive co-coordinator.
TCU safeties coach Chad Glasgow, promoted to defensive co-coordinator. Michael Clements

TCU is replacing retired defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas with co-defensive coordinators.

Safeties coach Chad Glasgow and linebackers coach DeMontie Cross will take over the role jointly, the school announced Wednesday.

Bumpas’ retirement was announced three weeks ago.

Glasgow has spent 14 of the past 15 years at TCU, leaving only in 2011 to be the defensive coordinator at Texas Tech. Cross has spent two years at TCU as the linebackers coach.

They will be in charge of continuing the defensive reputation built by Bumpas and head coach Gary Patterson, who had worked together for most of their careers since 1982, including stints at Kansas State, Tennessee Tech, Utah State, Navy and TCU. They produced the nation’s No. 1 defense three consecutive years at TCU, starting in 2008.

Glasgow, 43, is a TCU veteran, also, joining the staff in Patterson’s first season as head coach. The Woodward, Okla., native played linebacker at Oklahoma State from 1990 to 1993, spent two years there as a graduate assistant and one year as a graduate assistant at New Mexico. He coached linebackers one year at Illinois State and safeties three years at Southwest Texas State before coming to TCU.

After helping produce TCU’s undefeated Rose Bowl season, Glasgow spent 2011 in Lubbock as the defensive coordinator for Tommy Tuberville. The Red Raiders started 4-0 that season, but finished 5-7 and ranked 117th in total defense.

Glasgow rejoined TCU in 2012 as the Horned Frogs entered the Big 12.

Cross, who turns 41 on Thursday, is a St. Louis native who played safety at Missouri from 1994 to 1996, when the Big Eight became part of the Big 12. He led the Tigers in tackles two years and was second-team all conference in each league.

He has been a defensive assistant at Missouri, Sam Houston State, Iowa State, Wisconsin and Kansas. He spent five years in the NFL as a special teams and linebackers coach with the Buffalo Bills.

At Sam Houston State, he coached former NFL safety Keith Davis, who played six years for the Dallas Cowboys.

Dan Sharp, who has spent 23 years at TCU, including last season as director of player personnel for special teams, is taking over as defensive line coach. He is a TCU Letterman Hall of Fame member and an all-conference tight end on the 1984 team that went 8-3.

Three-year graduate assistant Paul Gonzales will coach cornerbacks, replacing Kenny Perry, who left to become the defensive coordinator at Kansas.

Gonzales is a former defensive assistant at UC Davis, where he graduated. He has also coached defensive backs at Pacific.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @calexmendez

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