Pirate Season Opener Against Golden Hurricane

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- One of the few new things for Ruffin McNeill these days is his title.

The surroundings certainly won't be unfamiliar for the new East Carolina coach who's back in his home state to coach in the same stadium where he once played.

And when he looks across the field Sunday, he'll see a familiar face -- Tulsa's Todd Graham.

McNeill's debut at his alma mater comes against a coach he's known for years when his Pirates take on Graham's Golden Hurricane in the Conference USA opener.

McNeill has spent the past three decades as a career assistant. That includes 10 years on Mike Leach's staff at Texas Tech. He returned to East Carolina in January after Skip Holtz left for South Florida.

He's in charge of a program that has won two straight C-USA titles.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 6, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    JD, too bad that our football team proved you and Dave wrong. Dave, there was no golden W that Tulsa was able to get as our football team won it. You must have been embarrased with that Tulsa gear on at the game were you LOL? Or did you decide to ckicken out and not go to the game as you said you would LOL?
  • by Moderators NIGHTMARE and YOURS! on Sep 5, 2010 at 06:42 PM
    Dave and I agree on something! Is the sea parting beach goers?
  • by Dave Location: Ablaze on Sep 5, 2010 at 05:02 PM
    My biggest pet peeve is when people spell LOSE with two O's! LOOSE is what your pants get when you lose a lot of weight.
  • by Ray Location: G-ville! on Sep 5, 2010 at 04:11 PM
    Coach Ruffin is alright with me! Keep doing what you are doing! Everybody thought this would go the other way. You have surrounded yourself with awesome people! Except the defensive coordinator!!!!!!
  • by pirate. Location: ecu. on Sep 5, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    All I gotta say to ALL of yall.... ECU:51 Tulsa:49 :) I'll be there every game day win or loose! GO PIRATES!
  • by Dave Location: The same stone house on Sep 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    Gee, I need to start proofreading my stuff. I keep skipping a letter on a word.
  • by Dave Location: A stone house on Sep 5, 2010 at 10:06 AM
    You would be surprised with the amount of poster on here that I actually have met. Nice people in person, but on here, it's a different story. BESIDES, every site needs the pot stirrer!
  • by Mike Location: Greenville on Sep 5, 2010 at 07:49 AM
    To Dave: People who live in glass houses .................well, you get the picture. You should have written "In my world, they are known" and not know!
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Sep 4, 2010 at 09:41 PM
    You dare us dave. we know who you are, but what we can't figure out is why you are still here. Maybe you have a fling going on with your co-worker. Is that it?
  • by Dave Location: Find out I DARE you! on Sep 4, 2010 at 08:01 PM
    What in the world are "scretching breaks?" In my world they are know an SCREECHING BRAKES. If you want to insult somebody cww, at least spell the words correctly. As for ECU, that low expectations season most of you fans are sticking to will be a 12 week excuse for your lilac and yellow team.
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