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ECU fires head football coach Ruffin McNeill

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Head coach Ruffin McNeill of the East Carolina Pirates talks with an official during the game against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns during the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bow at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Dec. 22, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

GREENVILLE, N.C. — East Carolina University has fired head football coach Ruffin McNeill.

“After deliberate evaluation, the decision has been made to move our football program in a different direction with new leadership,” ECU athletics director, Jeff Compher, said Friday.

ECU had a winning record in McNeill’s six seasons, going 42-34 overall, but a loss last Saturday to Cincinnati that ended the team’s bowl hopes may have sped McNeill’s dismissal. The Pirates finished 5-7 this season.

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