Former ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill hired by Virginia

Ruffin McNeill has been hired by Virginia as an assistant.

It didn’t take long for former East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill to land on his feet, following his dismissal last Friday.

The Virginia Cavaliers announced McNeill’s hiring as their assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach Saturday afternoon, a little over a week after his departure from ECU.

McNeill joins newly-hired, former BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall in the staff’s first season Charlottesville, hoping to build off of Mike London’s 4-8 season. 

The Cavaliers finished sixth in the ACC’s Coastal Division a year ago. Mendenhall was brought in after leading BYU to a 9-3 season, including a 45-38 victory over McNeill’s Pirates.

It’s no surprise that McNeill landed on his feet so quickly, as he is well thought of in the coaching ranks. It’s not known if McNeill had other offers on the table, but his return to an assistant position seems like the first step in finding another head coaching gig somewhere down the road.

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