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Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Gillespie, former RB coach, fired after Solich

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska has dismissed an assistant athletic director for football following the firing of head coach Frank Solich.

Dave Gillespie is no longer with the department, sports information director Chris Anderson confirmed Tuesday. Gillespie declined to comment.

On Sunday, Solich was fired after a 9-3 regular season. Defensive coordinator Bo Pelini took over as interim head coach.

Gillespie served as Nebraska's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator from 1998-2002. He moved into his administrative position in January, when Solich overhauled his staff.

Gillespie played for Tom Osborne at Nebraska from 1974-77, and coached high school football for seven seasons before joining the Nebraska staff in 1985 as a graduate assistant.

From 1986-1993, Gillespie was Osborne's recruiting coordinator. He left Nebraska for Kansas in 1994 and spent four years with the Jayhawks as an assistant coach.

When Solich replaced Osborne as Nebraska's head coach in 1998, he brought back Gillespie.

Gillespie coached running backs for five seasons, with the Huskers leading the Big 12 Conference in rushing during each of those seasons.