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July 6, 2011

Glasgow building Texas Tech 'D' for long haul

hey, who's the new guy?
Here's a look at the schools, like Texas Tech, that have new defensive coordinators but didn't change head coaches.
ACC
DUKE, Jim Knowles
Promoted from co-coordinator. Former co-coordinator Marion Hobby hired as Clemson's defensive end coach.
WAKE FOREST Tim Billings and Brian Knorr
They will serve as co-coordinators. Billings was promoted from secondary coach and Knorr was promoted from wide receivers coach. Replaced Brad Lambert, who became coach of Charlotte's fledgling program.

BIG TEN
PURDUE, Gary Emanuel
Promoted from co-coordinator. Former co-coordinator Donn Landholm retained as linebacker coach.
WISCONSIN, Chris Ash and Charlie Partridge
They will serve as co-coordinators. Ash was promoted from secondary coach and Partridge was promoted from line coach. Replaced Dave Doeren, who became coach at Northern Illinois.

BIG 12
BAYLOR, Phil Bennett
Had held same job at Pittsburgh. Replaced Brian Norwood, who was retained as secondary coach.
KANSAS, Vic Shealy and Buddy Wyatt
They will serve as co-coordinators. Shealy was promoted from cornerbacks coach and Wyatt was promoted from line coach. Replaced Carl Torbush, who retired.
TEXAS, Manny Diaz
Had been co-coordinator at Mississippi State. Replaced Will Muschamp, who became coach at Florida.
TEXAS TECH: Chad Glasgow
Had been safeties coach at TCU. Replaced James Willis, who resigned.

CONFERENCE USA
SOUTHERN MISS, Dan Disch and David Duggan
They will serve as co-coordinators. Disch had been Illinois' secondary coach and Duggan was promoted from linebacker coach. Replaced Todd Bradford, who became Maryland's linebacker coach.
UAB, Tommy West
Had been out of football. Replaced Eric Schumann, who was fired.
UCF, John Skladany
Promoted from linebacker coach. Replaced Dave Huxtable, who became linebacker coach at Wisconsin.

MID-AMERICAN
AKRON, Kevin Cosgrove
Had been co-coordinator at Minnesota. Replaced Curt Mallory, who became Michigan's secondary coach.

MOUNTAIN WEST
NEW MEXICO, George Barlow
Promoted from secondary coach. Replaced Doug Mallory, who became co-coordinator at Indiana.

PAC-12
ARIZONA, Tim Kish
Promoted from co-coordinator. Former co-coordinator Greg Brown became Colorado's coordinator.
UCLA, Joe Tresey
Had been secondary coach for UFL's Omaha Nighthawks. Replaced Chuck Bullough, who was fired.

SEC
KENTUCKY, Rick Minter
Had been out of football and hired as co-coordinator. Former coordinator Steve Brown now co-coordinator.
MISSISSIPPI STATE: Geoff Collins
Had been coordinator at FIU and hired as co-coordinator. Former co-coordinator Manny Diaz became coordinator at Texas.

SUN BELT
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL: Todd Orlando
Had held same job at Connecticut. Replaced Geoff Collins, who became co-coordinator at Mississippi State.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE, Steve Ellis
Promoted from cornerback coach. Replaced Randall McCray, who became Pittsburgh safeties coach.
WESTERN KENTUCKY, Lance Guidry
Had been secondary coach at Miami (Ohio). Replaced Clint Bowen, who become coordinator at North Texas.

WESTERN ATHLETIC
NEW MEXICO STATE: Dale Lindsey
Promoted from linebacker coach. Coach DeWayne Walker had called defensive signals.

Texas Tech safety Cody Davis won't forget the first time he met new Red Raiders defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow.

"The enthusiasm, the energy," Davis said. "He told me he had big expectations for me and wants to take this team to another level. And we have a lot of potential with the new defenses. I was impressed."

Glasgow, 39, arrived in Lubbock before spring drills, ditching the 3-4 alignment that Tech had been running and installing the unconventional 4-2-5 scheme that he learned coaching safeties at TCU the past 10 seasons. It's a defense based on speed to contend with spread offenses, and it may be just what Texas Tech needs to become a consistent contender in the Big 12.

"We watch what other people do and how they do it," said Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville, who will begin his second season in Lubbock after a 10-year run at Auburn. "What TCU is doing now, playing five defensive backs, is kind of what we did at Miami all of those years when I was working for Jimmy [Johnson] and Dennis [Erickson].

"I've kind of gone back and forth between a three-man front and a four-man front the past six, seven years, depending on the personnel. After being here at Texas Tech for a year, it would be a heck of a lot easier for us to play the teams in this conference with a four-man front and five DBs than with a three-man front."

The Big 12 is loaded with teams that run the spread or some variation -- Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Missouri. And the numbers don't lie: Last season, the Big 12 boasted seven teams that had passing attacks that ranked among the top 50 in the nation, including five in the top 20.

The 4-2-5 is a good weapon to combat spreads, and it also meshes well with a Tech roster that has quality depth at safety, headed by Davis, a junior who ranked 20th in the conference in tackles in 2010 en route to earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors.

"[Glasgow] is more interested in speed and flying around the ball," Davis said. "I think our defense will match up well [in the Big 12]. We have experience at safety, so we'll have more to help against the pass and on the run. It will really help slow offenses."

This is a Red Raiders defense that needs help after ranking last in the league (456.3 ypg) in total defense and last against the pass (293.8 ypg) in 2010 with the now-departed James Willis serving as coordinator. Despite those horrid numbers, Texas Tech still finished 8-5 and capped the season by outlasting Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl.

"You pretty much have to play five and six d-backs every down in this league," Tuberville said. "Not very many teams run the ball first. Most people throw it first in this league. That's the opposite of what I was used to in the SEC.

"You have to be able to cover very good wide receivers, slot receivers. Everybody's got 'em. You have to match up with them. It's nothing but match-up defenses. Last year, even though we based out of a three-man front, we played five, six defensive backs almost every snap. This defense allows us to base out of it. We pretty much just have two linebackers on the field and five defensive backs, which is pretty much what they force you to play."

Glasgow had chances to leave TCU in the past. Schools from the Big 12, Big Ten and SEC courted him in recent years. But he knew he was in a good situation in Fort Worth. Plus, in the past year, Glasgow built a house and he became the father of twin boys. He looked to be in it for the long haul at TCU. But the situation at Texas Tech felt right, so Glasgow left.

by the numbers
Texas Tech has had some of the nation's best offenses over the past decade, thanks to the presence of coach Mike Leach from 2000-09. But the defense hasn't kept pace. Here's a look at where the Red Raiders' defense has ranked in the Big 12 in each of the past 11 seasons.
2010
Coordinator: James Willis
Total: 456.3 ypg, 12th
Scoring: 30.9 ppg, 11th

2009
Coordinator: Ruffin McNeill
Total: 352.4 ypg, 6th
Scoring: 22.5 ppg, 6th

2008
Coordinator: Ruffin McNeill
Total: 382.6 ypg, 5th
Scoring: 27.9 ppg, 4th

2007
Coordinator: Setencich/McNeill
Total: 365.4 ypg, 3rd
Scoring: 25.9 ppg, 5th

2006
Coordinator: Lyle Setencich
Total: 333.5 ypg, 6th
Scoring: 25.1 ppg, 8th

2005
Coordinator: Lyle Setencich
Total: 335.8 ypg, 5th
Scoring: 18.8 ppg, 2nd

2004
Coordinator: Lyle Setencich
Total: 357.0 ypg, 7th
Scoring: 26.2 ppg, 9th

2003
Coordinator: Lyle Setencich
Total: 453.4 ypg, 12th
Scoring: 34.0 ppg, 9th

2002
Coordinator: Greg McMackin
Total: 403.5 ypg, 9th
Scoring: 31.4 ppg, 10th

2001
Coordinator: Greg McMackin
Total: 361.6 ypg, 8th
Scoring: 23.8 ppg, 8th

2000
Coordinator: Greg McMackin
Total: 320.7 ypg, 4th
Scoring: 19.8 ppg, 6th
Glasgow learned at the feet of a master at TCU in Gary Patterson, who has built one of the strongest programs in the nation. And Patterson has done it with defense.

"Chad Glasgow has been around success," Tuberville said. "Gary Patterson is a very good football coach, and I've been watching what they are doing, how they coach, how they play in big games. And their defense has always shown up. They have had one of the best defenses in the country the last 10 years."

In each of the past three seasons, the Horned Frogs have had the No. 1 total defense in the nation. Last year was the best yet for TCU, which capped a 13-0 campaign with a Rose Bowl triumph over Wisconsin.

"He was awesome to me," said Glasgow, who played linebacker at Oklahoma State from 1991-93. "We worked together a long time, at TCU [2001-10], New Mexico [1996]. One of the biggest deals is giving your kids a chance to be successful. That may mean that you have to change some things within your scheme.

"The last three years, we finished No. 1 in the nation in defense and every year we kind of had a different path or plan in how we did it. One year, we were a big man-blitz team, one year we were a zone-blitz team and one year we just basically played zone coverage. Being able to have those capabilities, to be multiple with our scheme and not leave kids on too many islands where they can't be successful, is one of the biggest things."

Still, schemes can't mask personnel deficiencies. Every coach knows that. And Tech's roster still has its challenges. While the talent and depth at safety is good, concerns remain along the line. Bolstering the roster will be a function of time.

"I think we are working toward it," Glasgow said. "We have to get better players and are in the process of doing that. The thing I like about the 4-2-5 is that you are going to play with a lot of leverage and it allows you to get more speed on the field. That's the direction we are pushing.

"I was really happy with how our kids grew in the 15 practices in the spring, and we have to get better throughout the season."

Tom Dienhart is a national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dienhart@yahoo-inc.com, and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.



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