Texas A&M is on the hunt for a new defensive coordinator after Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin announced Friday that Mark Snyder has been relieved of his duties.
The defense struggled mightily throughout the second half of the season. The Aggies, who fell 23-17 to LSU on Thursday night, have allowed an average of 38.3 points and 502.5 yards in their final seven games.
This season, the Aggies rank 103rd nationally in yards allowed per game (449) and 111th in rushing defense (223.5 yards allowed per game). They yielded a season-high 384 rushing yards to LSU on Thursday.
“Mark is an outstanding coach and an even better person, but he understands the production needed to be better on the defensive side of the football,” Sumlin said in a statement. “We wish he and his family all of the best moving forward.”
Snyder’s contract, which paid him an annual salary of $700,000, was scheduled to run through March 31, 2016. He joined Texas A&M’s staff prior to the 2012 season, when Sumlin was hired.
“I appreciate the opportunity Kevin Sumlin gave me to come to Texas A&M and to work on his staff,” Snyder said in a statement. “I have been in the business a while now and understand it is a production-based business.”
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