JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - East Tennessee State University is one step closer to its first football game in about a decade.
On Friday, Carl Torbush was officially announced head coach. "They're going to love him." ETSU President, Dr. Brian Noland told us. "They're going to love his energy, they're going to love his passion. He is the right person for this job and he's going to build a foundation of excellence at ETSU."
Now that the search is over, News 5 asked Coach Torbush -- what's the next step? "The next step probably is to hire two or three coaches to get things going a little bit. The great thing about it is we don't play for three years. We've got time to get things done in the right way and not be stressed out about it," Torbush says.
But in those two and a half years there are a lot of things that need to be done, and a lot of people are involved.
One of those people is Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. "I'm going to be working on the stadium," Ramsey says. "I am chairman of the State Building Commission and it'll take tens of millions of dollars to make this happen. But I want something East Tennessee can be proud of."
And of course, players are needed. "We need to get our facility squared away, need to buy equipment we need, to get players on campus. The next two years are going to be very, very important in recruiting," Torbush continues.
But former ETSU football player Kelvin Thomas says the main thing this program needs during this process, and beyond, is support. "I think for the community, the next step is just to get behind them and give them all the support that they need so they can succeed," Thomas says.
Coach Torbush also says the economy in East Tennessee will be boosted, and this should bring in a lot of students to our region.