TCU football hires new receivers and linebackers coaches

TCU football hires new receivers and linebackers coaches

Curtis Luper and DeMontie Cross are TCU's new receivers and linebackers coaches, TCU athletics announced today.

Luper, the receivers coach, was a running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn until 2012. Luper was a part of the 2010-11 BCS championship-winning Tigers team and was recognized as a top-25 recruiter by Rivals.com.

Luper was a running backs coach at Oklahoma State, New Mexico and Stephen F. Austin.

Luper began his playing days at Oklahoma State (1984-87) before serving five years in the United States Army as an air traffic controller.

Luper completed his eligibility at Stephen F. Austin as an All-Southland Conference running back in 1993 with nine touchdowns and a team high 1,054 rushing yards. Following his college career, he went professional by signing with the Houston Oilers.

Cross, the linebackers coach, was a hire from conference foe Kansas, where he held the same coaching position. A native of Missouri, Cross has experience at both the college and the professional level. After spending five years (2006-10) with the Buffalo Bills at various positions, Cross was at Wisconsin for the 2011 season as a special teams and safeties coach.

Cross also coached at Missouri, Iowa State and Sam Houston State.

Cross played college football at Missouri and had 415 career tackles as a safety. He was a second-team all-conference selection for the Tigers in 1995 and 1996.

Cross replaces Randy Shannon, who left TCU to take the same coaching position at Arkansas. Luper replaces Trey Haverty, who accepted a coaching position at Texas Tech.

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