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TCU Fires Defensive Coordinator Joe Gillespie: Report

Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Detailed view of a Texas Christian Horned Frogs helmet during the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

While the TCU Horned Frogs became the second team in FBS history to miss a bowl game after playing in the previous National Championship Game this season, the team is ensuring that change is coming after firing defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie.

According to a report from 247Sports’ Jeremy Clark, the Horned Frogs are making the change to move on from Gillespie after some disappointing outings in 2023. TCU finished 5-7 overall, and 3-6 in conference play good for 10th in the Big 12.


The change at defensive coordinator is expected to move quickly as Clark’s report also mentioned that the hire will not be internal and that Sonny Dykes will be conducting a swift search to bring in a new DC.

The Horned Frogs were one of the lowest ranking defenses in the Big 12 Conference in multiple statistical categories this year including passing yards allowed, total offensive yards allowed, and points per game. Gillespie’s defense ranked 10th in total yardage surrendered, 11th in passing yards allowed, and gave up the ninth-most points per game. Through 12 games played in 2023, TCU gave up an average of 408.3 yards per game, as well as 27.8 points on average.

While Gillespie’s replacement could be a number of different qualified coaches, for Sonny Dykes to get back on the path aimed at the top of the Big 12 Conference once again, changes to the TCU coaching staff were more than expected at this point.

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