Ruff lands in Charlottesville

ECU alum Ruffin McNeill joins in on the school's fight song in front of the Boneyard section at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium during his tenure as head coach of the Pirates. (W.A. Myatt photo)


Montgomery is the one!

Multiple reports indicate that East Carolina's search for a football coach has concluded with an offer to Duke offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Scott Montgomery. ECU's board of trustees has scheduled an unusual Sunday afternoon meeting, which will presumably consider approving terms of employment. ... More...



Has Pirates' ship sailed?

Al MyattIt'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. ... More from Al Myatt...



Firing hard to figure

Ruffin McNeill deserved one more year. I have racked my brain since Friday's announcement from East Carolina Director of Athletics Jeff Compher. I can see both sides. ... More from Brian Bailey...

Audio: The Brian Bailey Show

The Brian Bailey Show airs on Pirate Radio 1250 on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Brian's guests this week were Jeff Gravley, Sammy Batten, Todd Gibson and Rose High School football coach David Wojtecki: Replay show...



ECU falls to Barry, Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC East Carolina outscored host College of Charleston 52-40 in the second half but it was too little, too late, in a 77-73 loss to the Cougars on Monday night. ECU trailed by 18 points early in the second half but pulled within 71-69 on a 3-pointer by B.J. Tyson with 1:05 to go. ... More...

Next: ECU vs. NC A&T | Sunday, 2 pm | ESPN3



Stunning new era at hand

As head football coach at his alma mater, Ruffin McNeill avoided treating the position as though he were Chief Executive Officer of a business. McNeill favored a family model. He was daddy. The players were his sons. The assistant coaches and coordinators were uncles.

McNeill's abrupt dismissal Friday after an injury-plagued 5-7 season was a reminder that big-time college athletics is indeed a business. ... More from Al Myatt...

Pictured: Ruffin McNeill acknowledges the Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium crowd before what would turn out to be the East Carolina alum's final homecoming game as head coach of the Pirates, a 30-17 win over Tulsa on Oct. 17. (W.A. Myatt photo)


Lefties lead ECU

GREENVILLE Left-handed scoring powered East Carolina past South Carolina-Upstate 82-71 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Friday night. Sophomore B.J. Tyson led the way with a career-high 26 points. Freshman Kentrell Barkley had 18 points and junior Caleb White rounded out the southpaw assault with 13 points. ... More...



Aztecs a low point and starting point

Al MyattEast Carolina caught San Diego State at the wrong time following a loss but since a 79-54 setback to the Aztecs on Nov. 23, the Pirates have shown steady improvement. ... More from Al Myatt...


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Little more than a week after his stunning ouster as East Carolina's head football coach, Ruffin McNeill has found his next calling.

McNeill, an ECU alum, headed a list of eight assistants added to the staff of newly-named Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall on Saturday.

McNeill will serve as assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach for the Cavaliers. He joins a staff that includes wide receivers coach Marques Hagans, a holdover from the staff of former UVa coach Mike London, and six assistants who served with Mendenhall at Brigham Young.

The assistants accompanying Mendenhall from Provo are Robert Anae (offensive coordinator/inside receivers coach), Mark Atuaia (running backs coach), Jason Beck (quarterbacks coach), Garett Tujague (offensive line coach), Nick Howell (secondary coach) and Kelly Poppinga (special teams/outside linebackers coach).

In addition to his coaching duties, it is likely that McNeill factors heavily into Mendenhall's blueprint for constructing a strong recruiting presence in the Carolinas, Tidewater Virginia and other regional prep football talent reservoirs that were heavily targeted by McNeill during his tenure at ECU.

More on this story: Official UVA press release

12/13/2015 05:24 AM