ARCHIVES: Two ECU Football Players Disciplined After Arrests

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Two East Carolina football players, running backs Brandon Jackson and Giavanni Ruffin, have been disciplined following early Sunday morning arrests according to an announcement from head coach Ruffin McNeill Monday afternoon.

The decision came a day after McNeill and ECU athletics officials were made aware of charges filed against both by the Greenville Police Department.

"Because of previous team rule violations, we do not have any other option than to dismiss Brandon from the team for this incident," McNeill said. "Giavanni has been suspended indefinitely and we have established some policy and procedure expectations for him as a condition for returning to our program and representing East Carolina University.”

Jackson, whose charges include underage consumption of alcohol, intoxication and simple affray, finished his sophomore season as the Pirates' second-leading rusher with 316 yards and three touchdowns on 84 carries in nine contests and three starts. He contributed a season-high 88 yards on 20 attempts vs. UCF Sept. 26 in his fourth game after transferring into the ECU program from Kentucky a year earlier.

"When you make mistakes in life, you have to understand there are consequences," McNeill added. "It hurts to see young people lose an opportunity like that, but it's very important to have conduct standards in place we expect to be followed on a consistent basis. We have a commitment to the University, our program and our families to represent ourselves in a professional manner at all times. My hope is that if they learn from this incident, it will serve a good purpose.”

Ruffin, a rising senior who was charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer, stood third among the unit's rushers with 308 yards and five touchdowns on 84 carries in 13 games last fall. The junior college transfer enjoyed his top performance of the 2009 campaign with an 87-yard, 14-attempt effort at Memphis Oct. 27. He played a key role in the Pirates' post-season schedule, scoring twice and adding 55 ground yards against Houston in the Conference USA Championship Game before tallying 44 yards against Arkansas in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.


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Greenville Police say ECU Football players Giavanni Ruffin and Brandon Jackson were arrested following an early morning incident in downtown Greenville.

The police reports say they are both charged with being intoxicated and disruptive and resisting, obstructing and delay.

Greenville police say the charges stem from an incident in downtown after 2:00 a.m.

Police say the two were approached on three separate occasions and it was their continued misconduct that lead to their arrest.

Ruffin, age 21, is a senior running back at ECU. Jackson, age 20, is also a running back.

This is Jackson's third time in trouble with the law. Jackson and cornerback Emanuel Davis were arrested in early January.

Jackson was charged with being intoxicated and disruptive, resisting public officer, consuming alcohol by someone under 21, driving after consuming under the age of 21, and DWI.

Jackson was also cited November 1, 2008, in Greenville by an ECU police officer at 4:40 a.m. and charged with driving while impaired. Davis was charged in the January incident with with disorderly conduct and possession of alcohol under the age of 21.

The Pitt County Detention Center says Ruffin posted a $1,000 bond and has a court date of May 6. Jackson posted a $3,000 bond and
also has a May 6th court date.


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  • by Monique Location: Greenville, NC on Nov 12, 2010 at 08:07 AM
    Giavanni is so sexy . He has the sexiest body and his skin tone is just sexy . Those lips are wheww ! Good To Me !
  • by deadfish Location: NC on May 14, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    You got rid of Holtz by default/luck, whatever. Next should be Mr. Holland the worst AD in college sports. Then ECU sports will begin to have respectability. Once you do that maybe you can dream of facing the best CFB program in the USA! Hooray for Hollywood! When the beat goes on...
  • by vdlk;n on Apr 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    dead head dumb
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Apr 12, 2010 at 08:56 PM
    If the Party U faces USC FB team the final score: ECU 3 USC 47 Bonus: ECU 15 disciplinary infractions(last four months) USC 0 When the beat goes on...
  • by Anonymous1 on Apr 12, 2010 at 05:23 PM
    Worry about your "football team", deadfish, and I will worry about MY school. You see, I actually graduated from a my University while you......didn't. Why are you so worried about ECU? Couldn't get in, could you? Haha! Feel sorry for you...I really do. I understand the pain and hatred that you have in your heart. Hint: don't blame your shortcomings on ECU. You only have yourself to blame.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Apr 12, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    Anonymous1: Have you read about your "FIFTEEN FILTHY?" It's on this WITN page: ECU Football... Fifteen disciplinary infractions in less than four months making headlines and tarnishing ECU and ALL you do is taking shots at another program instead of looking at your Party U full of holes? When the beat goes on!
  • by Anonymous1 on Apr 11, 2010 at 03:29 PM
    Oh yeah, deadhead, I have provided several links for evidence (cbssports.com, cnnsi.com and several others) but for some reason you think you know more than the professionals. I think I will trust the professionals while you stay in your little dream world.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Apr 9, 2010 at 04:24 PM
    A1: Thirteen disciplinary infractions in three months. WHY should be jealous of a school with an undisciplined FB team? A school rated #206 academically in the nation, please? Those two arguments define leadership according to you, wow that is pathetic. cww: 1994 6 speed transm.! According to the WITN article here he had traffic violations and charged with communicating a threat to a Grimesland woman. When the beat goes on...
  • by JKE Location: Alamance, NC on Apr 9, 2010 at 07:15 AM
    Austin Haynes? He had that big hit a couple years ago against UTEP. Man that guy can hit. Anybody know why he was dismissed or why it hasnt been published or spoke about by Coach McNeil?
  • by cww on Apr 9, 2010 at 06:53 AM
    deadfish: No audition for Comedy Central. All jokes aside your vette sounds pretty cool. What model is it? I'm restoring a 1973 Camaro Z28; I guess you could say it's a work in progress. As far as Coach Kiffin goes I spoke my piece and its water under the bridge. You'll have to forgive my lack of knowledge regarding Coach Lewis; I was still in high school at that time. However, I do know that he was at ECU for more than one season. Big business or not our actions speak volumes of our loyalty and integrity or so I was raised to believe. (money isn’t everything)
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