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N.C. Football Coach Torbush Fired

November 20, 2000

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) _ North Carolina football coach Carl Torbush, who almost lost his job last year, was fired Monday after a 6-5 season.

Torbush was criticized this season when the Tar Heels had a four-game losing streak, but the team came back to win its last three games, including a 59-21 victory over Duke on Saturday. The other victories came against Pittsburgh and Maryland.

Athletic Director Phil Baddour said he would comment on the dismissal later Monday at a news conference.

North Carolina began the season 3-1, then lost consecutive games to Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Clemson and Virginia.

The Tar Heels also lost to national title contender Florida State.

Torbush, who had two years remaining on his five-year contract, had a three-year record of 17-18, including a 3-8 season last year when he was almost fired. He was retained after an outcry from players, students and fans.

He joined the North Carolina staff in 1988 as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

``I feel sure there will be some discussion to see where everything is,″ Torbush said Saturday of his job security. ``We’ll see where everything fits, but I feel good about where we are as a football program and a football team right now.″

At archrival North Carolina State, coach Chuck Amato said college sports fans demand results.

``I guess people want a fix and they want it now,″ said Amato, who replaced Mike O’Cain this season. O’Cain was fired by N.C. State and then hired by North Carolina as offensive coordinator.

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