JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WATE/AP) - East Tennessee State has hired Carl Torbush as the Buccaneers' new football coach to oversee restarting a program that was shut down a decade ago.
School officials announced Torbush's hiring at a news conference Friday afternoon.
Torbush has been a head coach at North Carolina and Louisiana Tech, and he also worked as defensive coordinator at Alabama, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Kansas, Texas A&M and North Carolina.
Torbush is also a Knoxville native and went to Austin-East high school. He also spent time on Ken Sparks' football staff at Carson-Newman.
He has the task of restarting a program shut down in 2003 because of the financial cost of the sport with the Buccaneers starting play again in 2015.
Students voted earlier this year to restart football even with a $125 fee per student per semester helping pay the tab.
The Buccaneers also are set to return to the Southern Conference in July 2014.
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