Danny Ford Mulls ECU Offer

The ball is in Danny Ford's court. The head coaching job at East Carolina is his if he wants it. <br><br>

All Ford has to do is inform Pirates athletics director Terry Holland of his decision to take it. And that announcement could come as early as today.

Ford has been offered a contract worth $800,000 a year to coach at ECU, the Charleston Post and Courier first reported Wednesday. Holland denied the report Wednesday and said the search is on-going. But independent sources said the report is correct.

Ford, 56, was initially expected to have his decision made by Wednesday night, but he was granted more time to come to the conclusion. If he decides not to take the job, someone very familiar with Clemson fans is likely next in line for the position.

Former South Carolina offensive coordinator Skip Holtz interviewed for the job Tuesday. The job likely would be offered to Holtz should Ford not accept it.

Regardless of what happens Ford will always hold special meaning for Clemson fans. To this day, there is a constant grassroots effort to bring Ford back to Clemson. If he returns to coaching, this will do nothing but fuel that fire.

Ford became the youngest coach to win a national championship when, at 33, his 1981 Clemson team beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl and finished 12-0.

He dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference and went 6-2 in bowl games, while beating some of college football's biggest coaches – Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden and Barry Switzer.

But Ford's 11-year tenure with the Tigers ended under a cloud of NCAA violations.

Ford then surfaced as head coach in Arkansas in 1993, where he never came close to enjoying the same success he did with Clemson. During his five seasons with the Razorbacks, he finished 4-7 three times, 6-4-1 once and 8-5 in 1995.

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