Johnson City, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- 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. 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.
Torbush has several ties to the area. He moved to Knoxville when he was 11 and graduated from Austin-East High School and then walked-on at the University of Tennessee.
After his freshman year, he transferred to Carson-Newman (1971-73), where he had an All-American career as a linebacker.
Torbush also coached at C-N from 2006-2008 where he coached the Eagles linebackers.
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.