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USF's Mark Snyder Top Texas A&M Defensive Coordinator Target, According To Report

Snyder was Jim Tressel's defensive coordinator at Ohio State in the early 2000's before an unsuccessful stint as a head coach at Marshall.

According to a report from, Kevin Sumlin has decided to hire Mark Snyder, the current defensive coordinator at South Florida, to run his defense:

: Confirmed per multiple sources connected to process, Sumlin tabs South Florida's Mark Snyder as defensive coordinator

The 47-year old Synder made his reputation as Jim Tressel's defensive coordinator at Ohio State from 2001-2004 before returning to Marshall, where he was a safety in the 1980's, to become the Thundering Herd's head coach.

He went 22-37 in five seasons at Marshall before being forced out at the end of the 2009 season and taking the job as South Florida's defensive coordinator as a part of new coach Skip Holtz's staff.

Even though the Bulls have gone only 13-12 in Snyder's two seasons in Tampa Bay, his defense was rated in the top 40 nationally in both years.

At Texas A&M, Snyder will have a lot of leeway to coordinate the defense under Sumlin, an offensively-oriented coach who has spent most of his career on that side of the ball.

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