Report: TCU to promote safeties, LBs coaches to DC, hire former Wazzu special teams coordinator

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Word out of Fort Worth following longtime defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas‘ retirement was that TCU would promote find its new defensive play-caller from within the existing staff. And now it appears Gary Patterson has done just that.

According to a report from FootballScoop on Wednesday night, TCU will promote safeties coach Chad Glasgow and linebackers coach DeMontie Cross to co-defensive coordinator positions.

Glasgow is the most senior member remaining on TCU’s defensive staff with 13 seasons spent working under Patterson. Following a three-season stint at Texas State (then Southwest Texas State), Glasgow became an original member on Patterson’s staff in 2001. He stayed through 2010 before leaving for the defensive coordinator job under Tommy Tuberville, and what a disastrous season it was. The Red Raiders ranked 114th nationally in total defense, 110th in yards per play allowed and 117th in scoring defense. The sides parted ways, and Glasgow has again coached the Frogs’ safeties ever since.

TCU ranked second nationally in opponent completion percentage and ninth in pass efficiency defense en route to a 12-1 season capped by a co-Big 12 championship and a Peach Bowl victory.

Cross recently finished his second season on staff after coaching linebackers at Kansas in 2012. He helped Paul Dawson win Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors, although he apparently had some some harsh words for his now former coach.

To fill in the void left by Bumpas and former cornerbacks coach Kenny Perry (who accepted the same job at Kansas), FootballScoop reports that graduate assistant Paul Gonzales will be promoted to cornerbacks coach and that the Frogs will hire former Washington State special teams coordinator Eric Russell will join the staff in an unspecified role. (TCU does not list a full-time special teams coordinator.) Russell was fired in the aftermath of Wazzu’s 60-59 loss to California in October.

Minnesota gives Fleck 1-year extension, plus raise

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck had his contract extended Wednesday by an additional year with a $1 million raise in annual salary, after the latest round of big spending by Big Ten rivals.

The new seven-year deal will run through the 2029 season, the university announced without releasing terms. Fleck will now make $6 million per year, a person with knowledge of the contract confirmed. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized.

Last week, Nebraska hired Matt Rhule and Wisconsin hired Luke Fickell to put them in the top tier of head coach compensation in the conference. In terms of average annual value, the 42-year-old Fleck is eighth in the Big Ten behind Michigan State’s Mel Tucker, Ohio State’s Ryan Day, Rhule, Fickell, Penn State’s James Franklin, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. All seven of those coaches make $7 million or more per season.

The Gophers (8-4) play Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29. They’re 3-0 in bowl games under Fleck, who was hired away from Western Michigan in 2017.

Minnesota tied for second place in the Big Ten West Division this year, behind Purdue. Fleck is 43-27 overall with the Gophers, including 26-26 in conference play. They’re 0-6 against Iowa and 3-3 against Wisconsin, their primary rivals.

Fleck’s winning percentage is third-best in program history among coaches with 45 games or more, behind Henry Williams (1900-21) and Bernie Bierman (1932-41).

“What P.J. and his staff have done in a short amount of time is remarkable,” athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement distributed by the university. “He has recruited and developed some of the best student-athletes to ever play at Minnesota and his team continues to excel academically, athletically and socially.”

This is the fifth time in six years on the job that Fleck’s deal has been adjusted to keep up with the competition, as power conference coach contracts these days rarely have less than five years on them at any time. Minnesota extended his deal a year ago, too.

In that iteration of his contract, the termination fees Fleck would owe Minnesota if he were to hop to another program were bumped way up. Those numbers landed at $7 million in 2023, $5 million in 2024, $4 million in 2025 and $3 million in 2026. Details about those figures in the new deal were not immediately available.

Virginia players granted extra year of eligibility

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The NCAA has granted an extra year of eligibility to Virginia players whose eligibility has expired in the aftermath of the slaying of three members of the team, the school confirmed.

Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler were killed last month as they returned to campus from a field trip to see a play in Washington, D.C. A former player at the school, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., is facing three counts of second-degree murder and other charges in the shooting. A fourth player, Mike Hollins, and student Marlee Morgan were injured in the shooting.

Virginia canceled its final two games of the season after the shooting, and the team and university community memorialized the victims in a nearly two-hour service on campus. Team members also traveled to each of the three funerals held for their teammates.