A Texas Tech spokesman denied two reports Tuesday that Chad Glasgow is out as defensive coordinator of the Red Raiders.
“Chad Glasgow has not been fired and is still on our coaching staff,” said Blayne Beal, Tech’s associate athletic director for media relations.
CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman posted on Twitter: “Just heard that Tommy Tuberville has fired Texas Tech DC Chad Glasgow. That’s fourth assistant to go this offseason there.”
A short time later, the web site FootballScoop.com posted: “Bruce Feldman just reported that Tommy Tuberville has released defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow. We were told a slightly different version; but regardless it looks like Glasgow will be moving on. Bright young coach.”
Beal said he confirmed with Tuberville after the reports that Glasgow has not been fired.
“I have confirmed that,” Beal said, “and I will even confirm that he will not be fired. He has not been fired, and he has not resigned.”
Tuberville did not answer calls placed to his cell phone and did not immediately respond to a voice-mail message.
Earlier this month, Feldman reported that Tuberville had “canned” three assistants. Tuberville initially denied the report, but Tech acknowledged three days later that two assistants were dismissed and another reassigned.
Glasgow, 39, was hired by Tech in January after 10 years as a position coach at TCU. Tech gave up an average of 46 points in Big 12 Conference games this season, and the Red Raiders ranked in the bottom 10 in the nation in rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, total defense and scoring defense.
Even if Glasgow’s status is unchanged, it appears the defense could be changing. Two players who committed to the Red Raiders last week said they were told the team is switching from the 4-2-5 it ran this year back to a 4-3 defense.
“(Defensive ends) coach (Robert) Prunty was talking to me when we were watching film at Tech over the weekend,” Riverside (Calif.) Community College defensive end Lee Adams said. “He said, yeah, they’re actually going to a 4-3 this year. He said they’re going to switch it to a base 4-3 instead of a 4-2-5 because it helps out the run (defense).”
Adams’ teammate, Riverside linebacker Will Smith, said last week that he understood the Raiders plan to run a 4-3.
“That’s what I played in junior college,” Smith said. “They run a 4-3, so it’s the same defense I ran here at junior college.”
Between last Wednesday and Sunday, Tech received oral commitments from seven junior-college players, all of whom plan to transfer to Tech at mid-term. Today is the first day such players can sign financial-aid agreements with their new schools.
Several of those players said the reports regarding Glasgow would not change their decision.
“I feel like this: Coaches come and go,” said Chris Payne, a linebacker from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. “Even if I get there, I never know what coaches I might get. He’s pretty cool and all, but I don’t bank on a coach being there for long, so it’s whatever. You’ve just got to stick with your teammates through tough times and continue balling.”
Austin Stewart, a safety from Pierce (Calif.) College, said he’ll sign with Tech regardless, because he wants to play in the Big 12 Conference.
“All I can say is, if he’s going to be there, I’m going to perform,” Stewart said. “If not for him, I’m going to do the same thing for another coach. That’s the way I look at it.”
Stewart picked Tech over SMU. He said SMU’s staff tried to dissuade him from going to Tech because of the staff changes.
Stewart said, “They told me before I committed Saturday, they were trying to say, ‘Yeah, the defensive line coach got fired. The defensive backs coach is getting fired. We’re all stable here. We’re a good school.’ I still had my mind set on Texas Tech. It’s the Big 12.”
Stewart and Adams both said they visited with Glasgow while they took campus visits at Tech last weekend.
“We were joking around,” Adams said. “He was showing us how to line dance and stuff. He’s a great coach. He’s very friendly.”
Like the others, Adams said the reports swirling Tuesday won’t keep him from coming to Tech.
“It wasn’t just one coach that made me commit there,” Adams said. “It was the coaching staff as a whole. If one coach was to leave, my position coach would still be there. That’s the coach I felt influenced me the most, him and coach Tuberville. I’m a Red Raider. There’s nothing going to change my decision.”
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