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Torbush Takes Over Immediately

Posted December 9, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Former defensive coordinator Carl Torbush will take the reins at the University of North Carolina immediately. The announcement of his appointment to the head football coaching position came at a news conference Monday afternoon, just five days after former head coach Mack Brown announced he was moving to Texas.

Torbush has been with the Carolina program for ten years. He has a lot to live up to, as Carolina wraps up its most successful season in years. He's no stranger to the ways of the Tar Heels, though. Torbush has been an assistant to Brown as defensive coordinator for three years. Last year, he was named National Defensive Coordinator of the Year by American Football Quarterly.

UNC Athletic Director Dick Baddour says Torbush was always high on his list of candidates.

David Glenn of the ACC Sports Journal says there is much more to being a good coach than what fans see on the field.

As WRAL-TV5's Len Besthoff discovered Monday night, Torbush has already scored some points with the Carolina faithful. UNC fan Dave Campbell says he thinks Torbush was the right choice.

UNC fan Steve Smith says he thinks it's important that Torbush already know the Carolina ropes.

UNC fan Kris Korteweg says he thinks officials knew what they were doing when they decided to go with Torbush.

Torbush will lead UNC into the Gator Bowl in January where they will do battle with Virginia Tech. Torbush was a head coach for one year at Louisiana Tech in 1987, where he had a 3 and 8 record. He returned to UNC the next year.