A&M defensive coordinator Kines retires

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M defensive coordinator
Joe Kines is retiring, concluding a coaching career that spans four

The 65-year-old Kines worked for the Aggies under Mike Sherman
for the past two seasons. A&M lost 44-20 to Georgia in the
Independence Bowl on Monday night to wrap up a 6-7 season.

The Aggies' defense ranked 107th in the nation (431.33 yards per
game) this season. Last year, A&M's defense ranked 114th (462 yards
per game).

"I am a man of faith and family and I feel like it is time for
me to retire," Kines said. "I came here to help and I hope I have
helped a little. I wish we would have had a little more success. I
really want to thank the players because they gave me and the staff
everything they had and did everything we asked. As with all of the
players I have coached, I will keep an eye on them and wish them
the very best."

Kines' career included two stints at Arkansas (1976, 1991-94)
and Alabama (1985-86, 2003-06). In 2005, the Crimson Tide ranked
first nationally in scoring defense and second in total defense.