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Ruffin McNeill To Be Named East Carolina's Head Coach

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30:  Defensive end Randall Cherry #84 drenches assistant head coach Ruffin McNeill of the Texas Tech Red Raiders en route to his team's 45-31 win over the California Golden Bears during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30, 2004 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIJanuary 21, 2010

East Carolina will name former Texas Tech Defensive Coordinator Ruffin McNeill as the new head coach of their program. The hiring by athletic director, Terry Holland, is expected to be finalized and approved later tonight. McNeill is an ECU alum, where he played defensive back for four years.

Before being promoted to defensive coordinator, McNeill served the Red Raiders as an assistant head coach, special teams coordinator, and linebackers coach.

The appointment of McNeill as Red Raiders defensive coordinator helped to improve the Red Raiders defense in every category. They improved from 10th in pass defense in the Big 12 to first.

He was then released by newly appointed head coach Tommy Tuberville.

McNeill was named interim head coach at Texas Tech following the firing of former head coach Mike Leach.

McNeill coached the Red Raiders in the 2010 Alamo Bowl against Michigan State. He won 41-31 before being replaced by Tuberville.

McNeill will be replacing Skip Holtz, who left to coach at South Florida.

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