Coach McNeill Responds To Citations Issued To Players

ECU Football coach Ruffin McNeill says junior linebacker Matt Thompson and sophomore cornerback Rahkeem Morgan will face internal disciplinary action and will not play in Saturday's spring game because of unprofessional conduct that resulted in citations for both players by the Greenville Police Department late Saturday.

Greenville Police report Morgan was issued a possession of a malt beverage underage citation. They also say Thompson was given a citation for urination in public.

McNeill says, "Until last weekend, Matt and Rahkeem met, even exceeded every obligation we have asked of them since I've been here," McNeill explained. "However, with that said, I expect those to be followed unconditionally. We are handling this situation internally, and as long as they carry out their responsibilities and conduct themselves in a professional manner, they will have the opportunity to remain in our program and work their way back. "We have so many players on our team that I'm really proud of and have achieved great things on and off the field, and in the classroom in my short time here, and this only takes away from those accomplishments."


Two ECU Football players are the latest from the university to face law infractions.

According to Greenville Police, 20-year-old Rahkeem Morgan, a Junior defensive back, and 21-year-old Matt Thompson, a Sophomore defensive back, were cited for misconduct.

Greenville Police report Morgan was issued a possession of a malt beverage underage citation. They also say Thompson was given a citation for urination in public.

The citations were issued this weekend.

Just last month, 20-year-old Brandon Jackson and 21-year-old Giavanni Ruffin were arrested following an incident with police in downtown Greenville. It was Jackson’s third alcohol-related arrest. Jackson was kicked off the team a few days later.

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  • by deadfish Location: NC on May 7, 2010 at 02:47 AM
    Sam:CONTINUE: Continuing with the racial issue there's also prejudice against Latinos, Asians and other ethnic groups. Question how many are impressed about your FSU story, etc.? My only comment is that the Heisman trophy is still the premier CFB most distinguished award. Just for kicks I'll throw-in that USA,Ret BG Peter Dawkins is the ONLY flag officer to win the Heisman(1958) trophy. Unfortunately you failed to make any points on your two posts. Finally you need to research extensively about black athletes specifically CFB players. Thank you
  • by deadfish Location: NC on May 7, 2010 at 02:16 AM
    Sam: You are very naive and childish. Stick to your accounting in your cave playing with your adding machine! Sports specifically CFB is NOT your forté and neither are your suspect writing skills infected with frightening grammar and horrendous spelling. Yes, the players are young adults responsible for their actions. Then comes the school leadership from the AD to the coaches which had been discussed here extensively. LEO's are doing their jobs. IF laws are broken an arrest is expected and yes that includes ECU students and everybody else for that matter. Very few will buy into your bellyaching allegation that GPD is biased against ECU students. Responsible citizens and students do NOT get into any trouble. That's what needs to be told to the student athletes instead of your sorry statement that GPD is biased against them. That statement is negative and counterproductive, period. Racism still exist in the USA. It is NOT a simple issue. I will continue.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 6, 2010 at 01:18 PM
    Ballplayer, it's stupid and senseless to bring up any kind of racial issue when it comes to athletes and sports. That's something you should only say when it comes to politics. To Public Relations, it would be dumb for one of the football players to just leave the team and ruin their own football career, just so they will have a lower profile. Jeremy C, have you ever heard of Chris Weinke who went to Florida State, won the Heisman and a national championship, along with getting drafted by the Panthers, at age 32 I beleive? Yeah, he was an old Heisman winner and was still the QB at Florida State back when they were good. He also had some real good grades at FSU, hearing that from what a FSU alum told me one time.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 6, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    All I can say is that I hope that the players will understand and comply with what will not be tolerated by this coaching staff. What conduct comes from these players off the field is something these guys need to realize. This has a lot to do with the reputation. The more that they think about this, the better off they will be as not only football players but gentlemen in general. I will say yes Greenville and Charlotte has the strictest policemen in the state, and Greenville police are very biased against college kids, but these players also need to stick with their focus and that is #1 Academics #2 Football and #3 Getting involved with the community, which helps them stay away from trouble. Kyle of La Grange, those NC State fans have no business taking a shot at ECU as one of their own students went and killed a marine for just telling them to calm down while they were out tailgating. Hey Deej, how about move to the other side of I-95 if you are so tired of all the purple.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Apr 19, 2010 at 01:09 PM
    Major Dad: Ay, ay Sir, I am with you Major Dad>ATTENTION ON DECK! I sincerely appreciate and thank you for the punctuality of your response. I am surprised you did NOT mention leadership seminars for ALL the coaches. I am NOT picking. With ALL due respect it's a constructive criticism. I hope Mr. Terry Holland has read your posts. I also hope that some of the ECU biggest boosters have read your posts as well. As a reviewing officer what would you tell Mr. Holland? Semper Fi, deadfish
  • by Major Dad Location: ENC on Apr 19, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    Deadfish; Continued: d) Drunk & Disruptive: 1st Viol: One game suspension, 2nd Viol: Dismissal, e) RDO: 1st Viol: One game suspension, 2nd Viol: Dismissal, f) Public Urination: 1st Viol: One game suspension, 2nd Viol: Dismissal. g) Assault on LEO: 1st Viol: Indefinate suspension while awaiting court date -- Dismissal upon Conviction. h) DWI: 1st Viol: Three game suspension, 2nd Viol: Dismissal Although NOT a downtown problem: Drug use, Aggravated Assaults and Larceny of property would receive Indefinite suspensions until case heard in court: Dismissals upon Conviction !! 3. Meetings with each team and coaches to explain the policy. Each athlete would sign a "NO Tolerance" document indicating they have been instructed on and understand the disciplinaty policy to be received for crimimal violations. 4. Then publically publish the policy AND stick to it. This would stop the foolishness. 3 or 4 percent of the athletes are making ECU look bad, while the other 96 percent are great kids
  • by Major Dad Location: ENC on Apr 19, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    Deadfish: Took awhile, as I had to contact some forks with my own questions. This is purely an OPINION. 1. Meet with the Greenville & ECU Police Chiefs to identify the type citations and arrest charges that are routinely made to the student population of ECU. The reoccuring charges are: a) Under Age Comsumption, b) Under Age Possession, c) Simple Assault, d)Fake ID, e) Drunk & Disruptive, f) Resist , Obstruct & Delay-- RDO, g) Public Urination, h) Assault on LEO, i) DWI. 2. Meeting with ALL ECU coaches and present the list of identified downtown violations. Work to establish consistent disciplinary actions to be applied across the board to ALL athletes in ALL sport. Penalties are: a) Under Age Consumption or Possession: 1st Violation: One game suspension, 2nd Violation: Two game suspension, 3rd Violation: Dismissal. b) Simple Assault: 1st Violation: Two game suspension, 2nd Violation: Dismissal c) Fake ID: 1st Violation: Two game suspension, 2nd Violation: Dismissal. (Cont.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Apr 18, 2010 at 09:13 PM
    Georgia FB team KO 18YO redshirt FR QB Zach Mettenberger. According to Rivals was a 2009 three stars recruit, four by Scout. He has ETOH problems, check ESPN site. If ECU needs a QB that can be rehabbed there you have it Pirate fans. I'm just saying...
  • by A1 on Apr 16, 2010 at 04:02 AM
    Deadfish, I know you knew what the rule is, I didn't say that you didn't. WITN most likely will not report on this rule until football season, if then. I was just saying that I liked it. Just friendly discussion, that's all.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Apr 15, 2010 at 07:24 PM
    Major Dad:Thanks A1: With ALL due respect I know that. I will NOT opine hoping that the WITN moderator opens or posts the proper thread. In fairness to this thread and ECU it is NOT right to do it here.

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