Tag:Chad Glasgow
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:18 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 3:34 pm

Spring Practice Primer: TCU

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Spring football is in the air, and with our Spring Practice Primers the Eye On College Football Blog gets you up to speed on what to look for on campuses around the country this spring. Today we look at TCU.

Spring Practice Starts: Saturday, February 25

Spring Game: Thursday, April 5

Three Things To Look For:

1. Replacing the unexpected losses. Like every team, TCU had losses to deal with on both sides of the ball thanks to graduation, but the recent drug bust on campus through a nasty curveball Gary Patterson's way. Now the TCU defense is without three players it was fully expecting to rely on for 2012 in Tanner Brock, D.J. Yendrey and Devin Johnson. One of the biggest stories this spring will be seeing which of the remaining players on the depth chart rise up to take advantage of an unexpected opportunity.

2. Fixing the secondary. From 2008 to 2010 TCU finished as one of the top 5 defenses in the nation in defensive pass efficiency under coach Chad Glasgow. In 2011 Glasgow left to run the defense at Texas Tech and the Horned Frogs saw their pass defense drop to 65th in the nation. Now Glasgow has returned to his old position, and will look to restore the TCU pass defense to what it was when he was last there. And it couldn't come at a better time for TCU, as you might have noticed that the Big 12 is a conference that enjoys airing it out. 

3. How good can this offense be? TCU's offense finished 9th in the country with 40.8 points per game last season, and while its level of competition may be a touch higher this season, the Big 12 isn't exactly known for smothering defense. With Casey Pachall returning at quarterback, along with his top three receivers from 2010, and it's safe to say that the Horned Frogs passing attack may be terrifying in 2012. Oh, and if it isn't, TCU also has three running backs who rushed for over 700 yards last season returning as well. This could be one of the best offenses in the conference in 2012, and the first signs will be seen this spring.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:35 pm

Chad Glasgow returns to TCU

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following the 2010 season, Chad Glasgow left his job as TCU's defensive backs coach to become the defensive coordinator on Tommy Tuberville's staff at Texas Tech. Glasgow lasted only a season at Texas Tech before he was dismissed from job after the Red Raiders finished the year ranked 115th nationally in total defense.

Now Glasgow is returning to TCU.

The school issued a release saying that Glasgow was rejoining Gary Patterson's staff to coach safeties. Before Glasgow left TCU for the Texas Tech job last year, the Horned Frogs defense had finished first in the nation in total defense for three straight years. Last year TCU finished 32nd.

Glasgow's return wasn't the only move the school announced, either. With Glasgow back, Trev Haverty, who coached safeties last season, will be moving to wide receivers coach. Haverty will be replacing Rusty Burns who moves from receivers coach to co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Burns will share play-calling duties with Jarrett Anderson.

All of these moves have been made while TCU prepares to begin play in the Big 12 next season.

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Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 12:25 pm

Chad Glasgow leaves Texas Tech

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It must be the offseason in Lubbock because Texas Tech is looking for a new defensive coordinator. The school announced on Thursday that defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow has left the school.

This is nothing new for the Red Raiders, as the news comes nearly a year to the day that it was announced former defensive coordinator James Willis was leaving the program. All of which means that Tech will be looking for its fourth defensive coordinator in four years, and the third defensive coordinator since Tommy Tuberville took over the program.

As for who the new coordinator will be, we can't be sure. Tuberville has said he'd like to go to a 4-3 scheme next season, which means the Red Raiders will also be employing their third different defensive scheme in three seasons as well. The team ran a 3-4 under Willis before switching to the 4-2-5 under Glasgow in 2011.

Glasgow's scheme didn't work out very well in Lubbock, as the Red Raiders finished 115th nationally in total defense, while finishing 113th in pass defense and 120th -- out of 120 schools in the FBS -- in run defense. The Red Raiders also gave up 39.3 points per game, and you aren't going to win very often when you're allowing nearly 40 points per game.

Of course, you do have to wonder if the results were a result of the scheme and the coaching or the fact that Texas Tech's defense has had to learn an entire new defense every season. I guess we'll find out in 2012.
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 1:54 pm

Texas Tech on the hunt for the football

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I couldn't help but read this story from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and not have some fun with it. While it's a philosophy that is in play just about everywhere, the phrasing begged for mocking. 
“Hunt together, kill together” is the new motto of the Texas Tech defense.

That’s the phrase the defense used to break from huddles Sunday, and cornerback Jarvis Phillips summed up its meaning for the media following practice.

“Hunt together, you know, just get to the ball,” Phillips said, “and kill together, I guess try to hurt ’em.”

The maxim’s origin can be traced to new defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow, who stresses accountability from his defense.

“One of the things we’re going to talk about all the time is hunting together as a unit,” Glasgow said. “We’ve got to have 11 guys that are running to the football as fast as they can and we’ve got to play smart as a defensive unit.”
Happy hunting, fellas.

Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:03 pm

Former Texas Tech coordinator gets probation

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Former Texas Tech defensive coordinator James Willis has pleaded guilty to the charge of assault and domestic violence stemming from an incident in December.

It was reported that Willis had gotten into an altercation with his wife on December 22nd, and just a few days later Willis was no longer working for Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech. Willis has been sentenced to six months deferred probation and could face up to a year in prison if he's found in violation of his probation. He must also attend anger management classes and do 30 hours of community service. 

According to the police report, Willis' wife Shalane Willis called police to the couple's house on December 22nd claiming that Willis slapped her, hit her on the nose and threw her on the bed during an argument. She then ran out the front door and to a neighbor's house where she called 911.

Willis only spent one season at Texas Tech as defensive coordinator, but had worked under Tuberville alongside Florida head coach Will Muschamp at Auburn. Willis was replaced at Texas Tech by Chad Glasgow.

Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:15 pm

Spring Practice Primer: Texas Tech

Posted by Tom Fornelli

College Football has no offseason. Every coach knows that the preparation for September begins now, in Spring Practice. So we here at the Eye on College Football will get you ready as teams open spring ball with our Spring Practice Primers. Today, we look at Texas Tech, who open their spring practice on Friday.

Spring practice question: Can Texas Tech get on the defensive?

For quite a while now, Texas Tech has been known as a one-dimensional team for the most part. An offense that is capable of putting up 40+ points in a game against anybody, but also a defense just as likely to give up 50. Of course, that's not the way Tommy Tuberville has done things where he's gone.

This is a man that was involved in a game with a 3-2 final score after all, beating Mississippi State while coaching Auburn. So what I'm looking at this spring when it comes to Texas Tech is whether or not we're going to see any improvement on defense. Yes, Taylor Potts has graduated and there will be a battle for the quarterback job this spring, but Tech has had plenty of good quarterbacks in its history.

It's the Tech defense that has cost the team a chance at winning the Big 12. Which is precisely why Texas Tech went out and hired Chad Glasgow, the former secondary coach at TCU, as his new defensive coordinator.

In 2010 Texas Tech gave up more points per game (30.3) than any other team in the Big 12 except Kansas, and was last in the conference in pass defense, allowing 306.0 yards per game. Which is precisely the area where Tuberville and Glasgow will have to improve the defense.

Luckily for the both of them, they have options. Two starters from 2010 in LaRon Moore and Franklin Mitchem are gone, but there is still some talent left in the cupboard. Cody Davis and Will Ford are both returning starters in the secondary, and then there are sophomores Tre Porter and Jarvis Phillips. Both the sophomores have the potential to be key players in Tech's secondary, and if they're going to achieve that potential, the work needs to begin this spring.

Of course, the secondary is not the only place that will need work. Along with both Davis and Ford leaving, Texas Tech also loses starters in Colby Whitlock, Bront Bird, and Brian Duncan. So somebody is going to have to step up and fill the void. A playmaker will need to emerge. If not a member of the secondary, then where?

The player I'd keep an eye on this spring is defensive end Scott Smith. Smith will be a senior in 2011, and only played in four games last season before being suspended by Tuberville for the remainder of the season in October for violating team rules. In those four games, though, the defensive end did manage three sacks.

The best pass defense has always been a good pass rush, and if Smith has learned from his mistakes and gets himself ready to play in 2011, his impact could be huge for the Tech defense. 

We'll begin to find out today.
Posted on: January 21, 2011 1:56 pm

Texas Tech hires TCU's Glasgow

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Texas Tech must have some kind of vendetta against TCU right now. Yesterday the school added to TCU's scheduling woes for 2011 by dropping the Horned Frogs from its schedule, and now the Red Raiders have raided TCU's coaching staff to find a new defensive coordinator. Texas Tech announced on Friday that it had hired TCU defensive backs coach Chad Glasgow.

"It's my goal to bring our defense to a championship level and Chad Glasgow is the right person for the job," said Tech coach Tommy Tuberville. "With his experience and knowledge of the game and recruiting, he will be a great addition to our staff."

Glasgow, 38, has been on the TCU staff for the last ten years, and is considered one of the best young coaches in the country. So this is a pretty big hire for Tuberville and Texas Tech. He isn't the only hire the school made on Friday, either, as it was also announced that graduate assistant Otis Mounds had been promoted to cornerbacks coach.

"I've known Otis for over 10 years," remarked Tuberville. "He is one of the new up-and-coming bright coaches in this business who has had experience at both the high school and college level. He was a big part of our staff last year and I am glad that we were able to keep him on board."

Mounds played his college ball at Auburn, and is also the uncle of four-star recruit Marcus Roberson, who gave his verbal commitment to Texas Tech earlier this week. Amazing how that happens.
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