December 14, 2009 8:09:00 AM
Danny P Smith -
It appears Carl Torbush''s stint as the defensive coordinator for the Mississippi State football team is over after only one season.
The Kansas City Star reported Sunday that Torbush was to accept the same position on the staff of new head coach Turner Gill at the University of Kansas.
Gill has been hired to replace Mark Mangino at Kansas and will be introduced today at the school.
MSU didn''t confirm the move by Torbush on Sunday. The media relations office wasn''t aware of any changes in the coaching staff, and Torbush was unavailable for comment.
Under Torbush last season, the Bulldogs were 11th in the Southeastern Conference and 63rd in the nation in total defense (366 yards per game), eighth in the SEC and 63rd in rushing defense (146 ypg.), 11th in the SEC and 67th in pass defense (220 ypg.), and 11th in the SEC and 72nd in scoring defensive (26.8 points per game).
MSU was second in the SEC in interception with 17, and players like freshman cornerback Corey Broomfield and freshman safety Johnthan Banks, of East Webster High School in Maben, developed rapidly during the season. Broomfield had six interceptions, while Banks and sophomore safety Charles Mitchell each had four.
After the Bulldogs defeated the University of Mississippi 41-27 to end the season, Torbush appeared to be a coach who was encouraged about the future. He said the thought of having Broomfield, Banks, and Mitchell back for next season was "exciting."
Torbush joined the staff of MSU coach Dan Mullen after three seasons as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Carson-Newman, his alma mater. He also been the head coach at North Carolina and Louisiana Tech and the defensive coordinator at the University of Mississippi, Alabama, Texas A&M, and North Carolina.