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AD panel enlists heavyweight staff report

East Carolina has turned to a name recognized throughout the college sports world for guidance in filling one of its most important administrative positions.

Former Big Eight Conference commissioner Charles "Chuck" Neinas has been selected as a consultant to assist in ECU's search for an athletics director. Neinas will meet with a task force involved in the AD search at a site near Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Thursday.

Neinas, who is based in Boulder, Col., is president of Neinas Sports Services. He also has served as executive director of the College Football Association and assistant executive director of the NCAA.

ECU chancellor Steve Ballard said in a statement released by the university on Monday that the task force which helped make the selection after interviewing several consultant groups was enthusiastic and positive about Neinas.

"We expect Chuck Neinas to enhance our ability to attract strong candidates from across the country," Ballard said. "Not only does he bring a wealth of experience and contacts to the table, but he also brings absolute integrity to his work."

Nick Floyd has stabilized what had become a rocky ride for the Pirate sports ship while serving as ECU's athletics director on an interim basis for almost a year.

Mike Hamrick, the school's former AD, made a parallel career move to Nevada-Las Vegas last August on the heels of a series of controversial actions that eroded his support among key ECU constituencies.

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