McNeill good enough for Harbaugh but not ECU
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McNeill good enough for Harbaugh but not ECU

McNeill was bound for Stanford until East Carolina job opened

Photo: Ruffin McNeill

My first thought upon hearing East Carolina fired head coach Ruffin McNeill is the old college athletics expression, “You’re alma mater doesn’t love you as much as you love it.”

That certainly fits Friday’s surprise announcement from East Carolina athletic director Jeff Compher. McNeill played at the Greenville, N.C. school from 1976 to 1980 and he was an assistant coach in 1992. He returned as head coach the past six seasons. ...  

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."