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McNeill and Riley redefine the old boy network

McNeill and Riley redefine the old boy network

The decade-long coaching bond linking Ruffin McNeill and Lincoln Riley is — on its surface — a typical old-boy network story. McNeill twice appointed Riley his offensive coordinator. When Riley was named a head coach, he hired McNeill.And you say, So what?Head coaches routinely...

ECU reaches out to Ruffin McNeill to honor him

ECU reaches out to Ruffin McNeill to honor him

During the offseason, East Carolina offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick went to Oklahoma to pick the brain of Sooners’ head coach and former Pirates’ assistant Lincoln Riley.But Kirkpatrick also had another assignment on the trip: Patch up the school’s relationship...

This is how diversity is supposed to work

This is how diversity is supposed to work

When Butler chose its new basketball coach, the candidate pool included a former Bulldogs assistant. Two days later, newly named Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley added his former boss at East Carolina to his Sooners’ staff.There’s nothing unusual about last week’s separate...