Darnell replaces Torbush as defensive coordinator

12/16/2005 - Texas A&M Aggies

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.