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BREAKING: TCU parting ways with defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie

The Horned Frogs are reportedly making a significant change to their coaching staff.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 15 Oklahoma State at TCU Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The TCU football team appears set to make its biggest move of the offseason, with news breaking Sunday afternoon that the Horned Frogs are parting ways with defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie after two seasons. Jeremy Clark of 247Sports and Horned Frog Blitz first reported the news Sunday afternoon. Gillespie arrived in Fort Worth after serving as defensive coordinator at Tulsa, where he helped groom first-round linebacker Zaven Collins. Gillespie was one of several new coaches to join the TCU staff when the Horned Frogs hired Sonny Dykes from SMU to be the program’s newest head coach in 2022.

TCU saw its defense regress during the 2023 season, where the Horned Frogs finished 5-7 overall while allowing 408.3 yards and 27.8 points per game. TCU was unable to replicate its success from the 2022 season, where defensive standouts such as cornerback Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson as well as defensive end Dylan Horton and linebacker Dee Winters helped lead the Horned Frogs to a 13-2 record and a National Championship appearance. TCU saw its hopes of bowl eligibility crushed in a 69-45 loss against the Oklahoma Sooners, who hung 62 offensive points and over 600 yards of total offense on the Horned Frogs.

In addition to serving as defensive coordinator, Gillespie was also the linebackers coach for the Horned Frogs, who will assuredly seek out a replacement in the immediate future. Potential candidates include former Mississippi State head coach Zach Arnett as well as former New Mexico head coach Danny Gonzales.