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Brady Hoke a ‘Leading Candidate’ for ECU Coaching Vacancy

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Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has become a leading candidate for the vacancy at East Carolina and will interview for a second time this Saturday, according to ESPN College Football Insider Brett McMurphy.

Hoke spent 2011-14 in Ann Arbor, compiling a 31-20 (18-14 Big Ten) in four years before being fired last December after leading the Wolverines to a losing season — just the school’s third since 1968. He started his head coaching career at Ball State, where he won 34 games from 2003-08. Before Michigan, he took a two-year pit stop to San Diego State (2009-10), posting 4-8 and 9-4 records.

As McMurphy pointed out, Hoke is also a candidate for the Tulane opening.

Last Friday, ECU made one of the more surprising decisions of this season’s infamous coaching carousel, firing beloved head coach Ruffin McNeill after a 5-7 (3-5 American) campaign that was considered a transition year following the losses of many star players, including quarterback Shane Carden and wide receiver Justin Hardy.

McNeill won 42 games in six seasons with the Pirates, including the program’s first 10-win mark (2013) since 1991. The announcement to relieve McNeill has not gone over well with ECU fans, who have reportedly started a petition with nearly 6,000 signatures to bring him back and fire athletic director Jeff Compher.

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