Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Bumpas will continue to coach TCU defense
By Graham Watson
Dick Bumpas isn’t going anywhere.
Despite rampant reports that TCU’s defensive coordinator is going to join Derek Dooley at Tennessee, coach Gary Patterson said his assistant coach isn’t going anywhere.
Bumpas, who just completed his sixth season with the Horned Frogs, has continued TCU’s run of strong defenses during the past 10 years. During the past decade, TCU has finished first in total defense four times (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009), tying Alabama for the most defensive titles. All four of those titles have come under current head coach Gary Patterson on staff.
The Horned Frogs are the only team to finish first four times in the past decade. Virginia Tech is the only other team to finish first more than once (2005, 2006).
This season, TCU finished third in run defense (80.2 yards per game), fourth in pass efficiency defense (92.3 rating) and sixth in scoring defense (12.8 points per game) and pass defense (159.5 yards per game).
The Horned Frogs return seven defensive starters from the 2009 team, but do lose All-American defensive end Jerry Hughes and All-Mountain West linebacker Daryl Washington. Hughes led the Frogs in sacks and Washington led the team in tackles.
However, the Horned Frogs lost seven starters last season, including all of their starting linebacking corps, and still managed to stay No. 1 in 2009.