The East Carolina Pirates had a pretty up-and-down season this year. The team looked to be on top of the world coming into the season until they lost their starting quarterback Kurt Benkert before the year even began.
The team seemed to push through adversity nearly upsetting Florida, who is now playing for an SEC championship this weekend, and beating Virginia Tech.
Despite that, the Pirates finished 5-7 and will not make a bowl game.
Because of that, East Carolina announced that head coach Ruffin McNeill had been fired Friday morning.
“After deliberate evaluation, the decision has been made to move our football program in a different direction with new leadership,” athletic director Jeff Compher said in a statement. “We are appreciative of the hard work, dedication and contributions Coach McNeill and his staff have made to both East Carolina University and our community. …
“Our expectations are to compete for championships. Our goal will be to move expediently in the search process, and based on the outstanding support of our Pirate fan base and enhanced visibility in the American Athletic Conference, I am confident our candidate pool will be deep.”
McNeill had been with the Pirates since 2010 and led them to three straight bowl appearances from 2012-2014. The team won the Conference USA East division in 2012, but eventually lost that championship game and the New Orleans Bowl.
With the firing, there are now eight vacancies in the FBS.
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