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TCU fires defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie

Gillespie is let go after his second season at TCU.
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Texas Christian University Football Team players tackle SMU quarterback Preston Stone at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 23, 2023. The TCU Horned Frogs beat the SMU Mustangs 34-17. (TCU 360/Shane Manson)

After two seasons in Fort Worth, Joe Gillespie has been let go as the defensive coordinator of the Frogs.

Following the disappointing 5-7 season, it was obvious that some changes were going to be made, and Coach Dykes first move of the offseason was to remove Gillespie.

This comes off the heels of the worst defensive performance of the season for TCU, in which they gave up 69 points – the worst performance since the 65-7 National Championship loss.

In big, must-win games that defined the last two seasons, the defense failed to show up both times and ranked 100th in total defense in 2023.

It is still to be seen how this will affect the transfer portal and TCU’s incoming recruits, but some players have already taken to social media to express their feelings.

Gillespie was clearly loved by the players, and with a National Championship appearance on his resume, he should land on his feet.

As for TCU, Dykes will need to act quickly in finding a successor as defensive coordinator. There have already been plenty of coaching moves, and as we move deeper into the offseason, it will be harder to find quality candidates for the job.

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