Duke has fired Marty Galbraith after one season as offensive coordinator, head coach Ted Roof said Saturday.

“We’ve decided to go another direction offensively,” Roof said in a statement. “Marty Galbraith is a good man and a good football coach, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Roof was out of town on a recruiting trip Saturday and was unavailable for further comment. There was no timetable for finding a replacement, school spokesman Art Chase said.

Under Galbraith, Duke (1-7 ACC, 2-9) ranked near the bottom of the league’s offensive categories. Duke averaged a league-low 16.6 points and 265.5 yards per game. The Blue Devils also ranked last with 94 yards rushing — the only ACC school with less than 100 yards per game — and next-to-last in passing at 171 yards.

Galbraith came to the Blue Devils after spending the 2003 season as tight ends coach for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. Prior to that, he spent three seasons with N.C. State, serving as offensive coordinator in 2001 and ’02.

The 2002 team, led by future NFL first-round draft pick Philip Rivers, set school records with 5,486 total yards and 460 points on the season.

Galbraith also had collegiate coaching stops at Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Purdue, LSU and Marshall. In the professional ranks, he had stints with the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits and Arizona Outlaws, and spent the 1985 season with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.


BARNES RESIGNS: High Point men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach Al Barnes has resigned.

Barnes was named head coach of the cross country and track programs at High Point in June 2001 following the retirement of longtime High Point coach Bob Davidson. While at High Point, Barnes was a three-time Big South cross country coach of the year (2002-04) and led the Panthers’ men to three straight Big South Conference titles. Assistant coach Ricky Overstreet has been appointed interim head coach and will lead the program through the spring indoor and outdoor track seasons.

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