College Confidential

Patterson likes promoting from within to keep knowledge in-house

TCU defensive co-coordinator DeMontie Cross gives instruction during the first day of spring football for TCU on Sunday in the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility. The promotions of Cross and Chad Glasgow were announced last week.
TCU defensive co-coordinator DeMontie Cross gives instruction during the first day of spring football for TCU on Sunday in the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility. The promotions of Cross and Chad Glasgow were announced last week. Special to the Star-Telegram

Gary Patterson said he promotes from within because he likes to make sure accumulated knowledge stays in-house.

“So many people are so easy to let people go, to lose knowledge of your program, how you recruit,” the veteran TCU head coach said. “I’ve never been someone to believe you do that.”

Patterson last week announced the promotion of four coaches — safeties coach Chad Glasgow and linebackers coach DeMontie Cross to defensive co-coordinators, graduate assistant Paul Gonzales to cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Dan Sharp to defensive line coach.

“We’ve done it that way forever,” Patterson said, and he kidded reporters. “You guys just never paid attention to it when we were in any of the other leagues.”

Patterson’s previous two defensive coordinators were also staff promotions – David Bailiff in 2002 and Dick Bumpas in 2004.

Patterson likes the way the coaches hand off knowledge of the 4-2-5 defense to each other year to year.

“That’s why Dan’s back. He was a D-line coach when he started, he coached special teams, but he spent time with Bump for a year, understands how we did it,” Patterson said. “So Dan will take over Bump’s role of being our in-house help with our offseason program, our in-house evaluator, the guy who handles academics, knows everything we do.”

Glasgow has been at TCU 13 years, leaving only one year, 2011, to be defensive coordinator at Texas Tech. Cross will start his third year at TCU.

“A long time ago, I hired Chad and Jarrett (offensive line coach Jarrett Anderson) – both were GAs – as my two youngest coaches on the staff when I was hired 18 years ago,” Patterson said. “What happens is, they grow up, they’re good football coaches, they’re loyal, you know how they work, you know what you’re getting.

“Chad’s been with me forever. Chad knows me as well as anybody.”

Of course, Patterson is still going to run the defense, no matter how much anybody knows about it besides him.

“I call it,” he said.

Why not change?

“Then I’d have to reteach everybody,” he siad.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407

Twitter: @calexmendez

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