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TCU Football Has Hired DeMontie Cross and Kenny Perry

Gary Patterson has hired DeMontie Cross away from Charlie Wise to coach linebackers, and Kenny Perry is being brought in from Arlington Bowie High School to serve as a high school liaison.

DeMontie Cross, according to the Kansas City Star, will leave KU Football for TCU and will coach linebackers. He has extensive coaching experience in both the NFL as well as the college level.

Prior to his year at Wisconsin, Cross spent the previous five seasons in various positions with the Buffalo Bills. He joined the Bills as a defensive/special teams assistant in 2006 and was then promoted to assistant linebackers coach/special teams for three seasons. In 2010 Cross was promoted again, coaching the Bills' inside linebackers.

Cross made the jump to the NFL after spending the 2001-05 seasons as Iowa State's outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. Cross' unit made major contributions to the Cyclones' record-setting defenses during his stint. He helped develop Jeremy Loyd into an All-Big 12 performer, who went on to play for the St. Louis Rams.

Cross spent the 2000 season coaching a defensive backfield at Sam Houston State that ranked second nationally (FCS). Cross' Sam Houston State pass defense was led by free safety Keith Davis, who was the Southland Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year and started the 2005 season for the Dallas Cowboys at safety.

Cross, a St. Louis native, began his coaching career as the outside linebackers coach at his alma mater, Missouri (1998-99).

Additionally, according to Football Scoop, Kenny Perry will leave Arlington-Bowie High School where he was the long time head coach to take on the position of high school liaison for TCU Football. His job will be to develop and deepen relationships between TCU and all the Texas High School coaches. Perry is extremely well known and highly regarded in high school coaching circles, but will not serve as a direct recruiter for TCU.