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TCU SAFETIES COACH CHAD GLASGOW AND HIS WIFE, MAIDA—parents of newborn twin sons—had recently built a house near campus, and Glasgow had just helped the Horned Frogs to a perfect season. No way he'd leave Fort Worth, right? Then, late last January, he got a call from Texas Tech defensive line coach Sam McElroy.
"He asked if I'd be interested in the [defensive coordinator] job," recalls Glasgow, "and I said, 'Shoot, yeah.' One thing led to another, and Coach [Tommy] Tuberville offered me the job a few days later. I didn't ask about money or anything. I was just excited to be going to Texas Tech."
Glasgow was a key coach for the nation's best defense in 2010. Now he's heading up one of the worst. The Red Raiders surrendered more than 450 yards of offense per game and allowed five of their conference opponents to score 30 or more points (three scored more than 40).
Glasgow will implement a 4-2-5 defense, the scheme du jour for teams looking to slow down the spread offense. It seems like an ideal approach in a conference in which teams love to air it out, and as a general rule Tuberville has preferred a four-man front since his days as Miami's defensive coordinator in the early 1990s. "After running a three-man front last year, we think that a four-man front will help us with recruiting and give us an opportunity to play with more depth," says Tuberville. That emphasis on recruiting paid off: Tuberville brought in a top 20 class this year, Tech's best ever.
In addition to the changes on defense, the Red Raiders must also replace their starting quarterback, running back and two wideouts. Junior QB Seth Doege was impressive in the spring game (317 yards, four TDs) and is poised to take the reins of Tech's high-powered passing game. Freshmen Ronnie Daniels and Bradley Marquez join junior Eric Stephens in the backfield, while the receiving corps has to fill the shoes of Detron Lewis and Lyle Leong, who combined for 161 catches in 2010.
The Raiders' fate, however, ultimately rests on its rebuilt and reconfigured defense. "I'm excited about the emotion we're playing with," says weakside safety Cody Davis. "We're young, and we're going to come out hot." If they do, Glasgow may need to build another house—this time in West Texas.
COACH Tommy Tuberville (2nd year) 8--5 (3--5 in Big 12)
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR Neal Brown