NC State hires ex-ECU head coach McNeill in advisory role

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Ruffin McNeill has joined the N.C. State coaching staff. (Photo: WNCN)) N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren has announced on Tuesday that McNeill would serve as the special assistant to the head coach. “I’ve known Ruffin since the beginning of my coaching career,” Doeren said. “Not only is he one of my closest friends in the profession, but he’s been a mentor to me since I was 24 years old.”

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has hired former East Carolina head coach and Oklahoma assistant Ruffin McNeill for an advisory role on its football staff.

The school said Tuesday that McNeill would serve as a special assistant to head coach Dave Doeren. Duties include assisting player development analysis, leading special projects and outreach to alumni, campus and community groups.

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Doeren says McNeill has been “a mentor to me since I was 24 years old.” McNeill was the Pirates’ head coach from 2010-15 and guided his alma mater to four bowl appearances.

He later joined Oklahoma’s staff for three seasons as assistant head coach.