Darnell replaces Torbush as defensive coordinator

Updated: December 16, 2005, 2:08 PM ET
Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M hired a new defensive coordinator Friday to replace the one coach Dennis Franchione fired last month.

Gary Darnell, 57, most recently was head coach at Western Michigan from 1997-2004.

He replaces Carl Torbush, who was fired Nov. 28 amid the team's second losing record in three seasons under Franchione. Texas A&M finished with a 5-6 record, ending its season with a 40-29 loss to No. 2 Texas.

"He has experience as both a defensive coordinator and head coach and I have known Gary for many years," Franchione said in a release. "I know he has great passion for his players and he has a high energy level. I have the utmost confidence in his ability to put together an outstanding defense."

Among other coaching jobs, Darnell also had a stint at A&M rival Texas, where he was the defensive coordinator from 1994-96.

He turned around Western Michigan, going 2-9 in his first year but improving to 8-2 the next season. He then coached the Broncos to Mid-American Western division titles in 1999 and 2000. He was the MAC coach of the year in 2000.

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