Franchione issued the statement on Torbush's firing Monday afternoon.
"After evaluating our defense, I felt like it was in the best interest of our football program to make a change at defensive coordinator. I think Carl is an outstanding person and an excellent coach, but for whatever reason, we were not effective on defense.
"I will begin a national search immediately to find a replacement," Franchione said.
"This is part of the business of coaching football," said Torbush. "We didn't get the job done on defense and that was my responsibility. I commend the players for giving great effort and I appreciate the coaches who continued to work. One thing I thought was evident was this group refused to quit."
Long known for his accomplishments in coaching powerful defenses, Torbush just completed his third season as the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. In 1996 he was named the National Defensive Coordinator of the Year by American Football Quarterly. Torbush also lead the Ole Miss, North Carolina and Alabama defenses to the top of their conferences in overall defensive numbers.
During his time at A&M however, the once heralded Aggie "Wrecking Crew" defense struggled, producing numbers that steadily declined. Heading into last week's game against arch-rival Texas, A&M's defense was ranked 109th in the country, allowing a national worst 319 passing yards per game.
Texas A&M lost the last four games of the season and finished the year with a disappointing 5-6 record.
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