Former “revered by many” ECU FB Coach Ruffin McNeill says “ECU is now a laughingstock” for how he was unceremoniously dumped to the complete surprise of pretty much everyone who has any interest in ECU Athletics.
Allowing that every pancake no matter how thin has two sides…. no really substantive reason has been given by ECU PTBs in the wake of McNeill’s dismissal. Nor has a successor been named. Uh Oh!
NOTE: TWO media opinions are linked below here…. of differing perspectives.
That no replacement has been named in the first 3-4 days causes observers to question if ECU has missed on their top 1-2 choices to replace Ruff. Comparison to “Dickie’s” Blunder” with Frank Beamer then scrambling for John Bunting might be whats emerging from G-Vegas.
Whoever they wind up with will, of course, have been “Our 1st Choice all along”. It ALWAYS is. 🙂
Zapping Ruff certainly surprised me, but I don’t pretend to know the inner workings of ECU Athletics.
BREAKING NEWS: Ruffin named Asst HC at Virginia.
BREAKING NEWS 2: Duke’s Scottie Montgomery To Be ECU Next HFC.
By Al Myatt
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It’s been a week since Ruffin McNeill was fired as football coach at East Carolina. Athletic director Jeff Compher said he made the decision days before the announcement was publicized so he actually had some lead time to do preparation for finding a replacement.
No press conference has been scheduled and a dead period for recruiting is approaching. The longer Compher searches, the less likely he is going to be successful on ECU’s behalf.
When you don’t get your top choice and you keep going down the list, the process is obviously not going to conclude as fast.
Perhaps Compher has conducted a round of initial interviews and is zeroing in on his guy.
But maybe he’s whiffed on former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and he’s trying to sort out the best available move.
It’s kind of like when N.C. State made a pitch for John Calipari and wound up with Sidney Lowe. Or when North Carolina appeared to have enticed Frank Beamer away from Virginia Tech but ended up turning to John Bunting.
When you don’t reel in the big fish, coaching changes can have dubious value.
Compher is dealing with a situation of his own creation. The reluctance of any coach to be next up in a program where many revered McNeill and can’t fathom his termination is understandable. It’s a far cry from an ideal career move.
“You realize we’re the laughing stock of college football, right?” McNeill asked Thursday. “I went to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame with Donnie. … From Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), Dabo Swinney (Clemson) – all of ’em, all of ’em were like ‘What the … ?’ … Gene Chizik and all them. And Compher was not at that deal. He was not there. …
“We’re the laughing stock,” McNeill said again. “We’re the laughing stock of college football. East Carolina is. The laughing stock.”