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Texas A&M fires defensive coordinator Mark Snyder

Texas A&M fired defensive coordinator Mark Snyder on Friday, one day after the Aggies lost 23-17 to LSU.
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Texas A&M relieved defensive coordinator Mark Snyder of his duties on Friday, one day after the Aggies lost 23-17 to LSU in their final regular-season game.

The team announced that linebackers coach Mark Hagen will serve as Texas A&M's interim defensive coordinator during the Aggies' bowl game. Following Thursday's loss, the Aggies are 7-5 (3-5 SEC), sixth in the SEC West Division.

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"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," head coach Sumlin said in a statement, according to ESPN. "We wish he and his family all of the best moving forward."

Snyder was in his third season with the Aggies. He previously served as the defensive coordinator at South Florida in 2010-11 and the head coach at Marshall from 2005-09.

Texas A&M started the season 5-0 but has lost five of its last seven games. After losing to the Tigers, the Aggies ranked 71st in scoring defense with 27.3 points allowed per game and 105th in total defense with 449 yards allowed per game. Over their final seven games, the Aggies allowed 38.3 points per game and 502.2 yards per game.

Within the SEC, Texas A&M ranks last (14th) in total defense and rush defense (2,682 yards allowed), and 13th in yards per play (5.89) and pass defense (2,706 yards allowed).

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