Tar Heels' offensive coordinator to retire

Updated: December 1, 2005, 9:22 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill is retiring after five seasons, ending a college coaching career that spanned four decades.

The 65-year-old Tranquill, who was also the Tar Heels' quarterbacks coach, started as an assistant at his alma mater, Wittenburg, in 1963 and had stints at Virginia, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Ohio State, Bowling Green and Ball State. He was also head coach at Navy from 1982-86.

Tranquill plans to remain on staff until Feb. 1.

"We'll miss him a great deal," head coach John Bunting said during a teleconference Thursday. "I entrusted him with everything that had to do with the offense. I didn't spend much time on that side of the ball. I didn't need to. He is going off into the sunset, so to speak."

The Tar Heels (5-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) ranked near the bottom of the league in total offense at 315.7 yards per game, but the unit had been the program's strong point in the previous three seasons with quarterback Darian Durant -- who set 51 school records.

Last year, Tranquill decided to put off retirement partly to coach Matt Baker, who had waited four years for his chance to be the starting quarterback.


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