ECU's head football coach isn't going anywhere for a while, the university is extending his contract for another three years and giving him a hefty pay hike.
Ruffin MeNeill's five year contract with East Carolina was set to run out at the end of the 2014 season. It's now been extended to June 30, 2018.
The new contract calls for a base salary hike from $200,000 to $400,000 beginning July 1st, along with other incentives that include bowl participation, and conference championship appearances and titles, for example.
"In my short time here at ECU it is apparent that Coach McNeill is building a football program that will continue to be successful on the field as well as in the classroom and in our community," Athletics Director Jeff Compher said. "He has embraced the concept of comprehensive excellence.
McNeill was named ECU's 20th head football coach in January 2010. The university says in addition to maintaining its hold on Conference USA's top attendance mark for a fifth-straight season, ECU also stood first among all non-automatic qualifying BCS conference member turnstile counts and ranked 35th of all 120 FBS programs nationally with a capacity percentage 94.03 during the 2012 campaign. In all, single-season stadium attendance standards of 300,069 (total) and 50,012 (average) have been established during McNeill's tenure - a time span that also features the top-six single-game draws in East Carolina history.
On the field, the Pirates have made two bowl appearances and enjoyed upper-tier finishes in the Conference USA standings all three years with a combined 11-4 divisional record. In the classroom, his squad's grade point average last fall was the highest ever recorded by the program since ECU implemented a tracking system in 2003.