Carl Torbush to retire for the second time

Carl Torbush to retire for the second time

After beating cancer and returning to the sidelines, Carl Torbush has decided to retire again. (Photo: Nick Krug/Lawrence Journal-World)

After beating cancer and returning to the sidelines, Carl Torbush has decided to retire again. (Photo: Nick Krug/Lawrence Journal-World)

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]arl Torbush, who spent last season as Turner Gill’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Liberty, has decided to retire.

This is Torbush’s second retirement.

In May 2011, while serving as defensive coordinator at Kansas under Gill, Torbush was diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer and decided to retire. However, Torbush underwent a radical surgery and was diagnosed as being cancer-free in January 2012, and Gill convinced him to join him at Liberty.

The 61-year old Torbush helped Liberty move its defense back to a 4-3 scheme, and the Flames ranked 15th nationally in total defense last season.

Torbush coached more than 30 years, including five seasons as head coach at North Carolina (1997-2000) and Louisiana Tech (1987).

In 1983, Torbush became the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss and at the University of North Carolina before becoming the head coach at UNC.

Torbush also had stops at Alabama, Texas A&M, Carson Newman, Mississippi State — his alma mater — and Kansas, where he served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach under Gill.

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