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goldennugget
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Gary Chambers
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East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
I never understood the firing of Ruffin McNeil, but ECU admin justified it saying they needed a new coach to take them to the next level. OK, I get it, makes sense if they have a home run hire in the wings

But instead they hire the OC of a program ECU was better than when Ruffin was there, an OC who had no control over Duke's offense(Cutcliffe did), and had no head coaching experience. WTF? Made no sense.

Well ECU went 4-8 last year and got blown out by James Madison Week 1 and is down 49-3 at half to WVU.

Good job ECU


wildtigercat93
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re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
Poor Ruffin can't catch a break


Sevendust912
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Annapolis
Member since Jun 2013
10214 posts

re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
I don't know how ECU got so bad so fast, WVU could score 100 points today if they wanted to.

Grier has 4 TDs and 350 yards at half and would have more if it weren't for drops.


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SCLibertarian
South Carolina Fan
Conway, South Carolina
Member since Aug 2013
5309 posts

re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
I don't know why you're getting downvoted. The ECU folks across the border from me have said the exact same thing. They are so disillusioned about the state of their program.


SeeeeK
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St.Louis
Member since Sep 2012
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re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
Worst part, was that their former coach was one of them, not some carpet bagger trying to pad his bio to move on. He was there for good.



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theGarnetWay
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Washington, D.C.
Member since Mar 2010
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re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
They were genuinely one of the top non-P5 programs for years. Hell, they were notably better than a good many of the lower tier P5 programs.

Their precipitous decline is really something else.


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goldennugget
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Gary Chambers
Member since Jul 2013
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re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
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I don't know why you're getting downvoted. The ECU folks across the border from me have said the exact same thing. They are so disillusioned about the state of their program.



I remember arguing with ECU fans. They thought Scottie Montgomery was a home run hire.

"So much upside! So creative! Look at what he does at Duke! He will have our offense rolling!"

LOL.


pioneerbasketball
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re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
Ecu players fighting over a cake at the team breakfast still cracks me up.


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Sevendust912
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re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
What the hell was Jim Mcelwawain thinking letting Grier walk? Guy is absolutely lighting it up.


OneFifty
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re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
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What the hell was Jim Mcelwawain thinking letting Grier walk? Guy is absolutely lighting it up.

Yep, he jumped the shark on that decision.


OU812
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Member since Apr 2004
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re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
I work in North Carolina on Wednesdays and Thursdays and get fired up when when I see someone wearing purple n gold just realize they are ECU fans.


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StraightCashHomey21
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On this piss with Georgie Best
Member since Jul 2009
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re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
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What the hell was Jim Mcelwawain thinking letting Grier walk? Guy is absolutely lighting it up.



First game in almost two years and he torched a top 10 defense


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SpartyGator
Florida Fan
Texas
Member since Oct 2011
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re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
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What the hell was Jim Mcelwawain thinking letting Grier walk? Guy is absolutely lighting it up.


Everyone is great when they leave florida (Grier, Driskel, Brissett, Tyler Murphy, etc.)


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3nOut
USA Fan
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Member since Jan 2013
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re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
Hell, I think Tech screwed up not keeping him after Leach got canned.

I'd go to war for Ruffin.
This post was edited on 9/9 at 5:28 pm


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brg0320
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re: East Carolina: All time dumbest firing & hiring
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I remember arguing with ECU fans. They thought Scottie Montgomery was a home run hire
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As an ECU grad who's familiar with both staffs, I know very few people who thought this was a good decision. In fact, some people bailed on the program out of loyalty to Ruffin McNeil...not sure who you talked to


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