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A Power 5 Team Has Already Fired Its Defensive Coordinator

A general view of Wake Forest's football field.

WINSTON SALEM, NC - SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons versus Florida State Seminoles at BB&T Field on September 30, 2017 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

If your team has to fire one of its coordinators in the first month of the season, it's a bad sign. That's what Wake Forest had to do today.

One day after his defense got gashed for 56 points by Notre Dame, Wake Forest defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel was relieved of his duties. Defensive analyst Tom Gilmore will be promoted to a full-time position coaching outside linebackers. He takes Sawvel's place on the staff, but not his role as DC.

According to the release, Wake will divide the rest of the roles up between other defensive staff members.

Wake Forest started 2-0, but have dropped two straight, with Sawvel's defense getting destroyed both games.

Before giving up 56 points to ND, Wake surrendered 41 points in a 41-34 loss to Boston College. Right now, the Demon Deacons are 114th in the nation in total defense.

Wake will have the opportunity to test its new defense out when it travels to Rice on Saturday for a non-conference tilt.

The game will be played at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast.