East Carolina pursuing LSU assistants

The (Charlotte) News-Observer is reporting that East Carolina University plans to interview LSU assistant head coach Kirk Doll for its head coaching job. LSU athletics director Skip Bertman was contacted by ECU for permission to speak with Doll along with offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher.

According to a story in Saturday's edition of the News-Observer, the interview with Doll may have already taken place over the weekend. ECU athletics director Mike Hamrick says it will probably be another week before the Pirates hire a replacement for Steve Logan, who resigned as head coach on Dec. 7 after eleven years in charge of the football program.


"I am interested in the job at East Carolina," Doll told the News-Observer. "...I know the facilities have improved greatly since I was there. I've been around some great people and have had the opportunity to represent assistant coaches on the board of the American Football Coaches Association, which makes me feel I could put together a very good coaching staff. It would be a great way to pay back the university for all they did for me. I hope the opportunity comes up."


Bertman told the newspaper Friday that LSU head coach Nick Saban said Doll and Fisher had been granted permission to talk to the Pirates. No comment was available from Fisher.


Doll, a 1974 graduate of East Carolina, came to LSU in March as an assistant head coach and linebackers coach after serving in the same capacity at Notre Dame from 1994 to 2001. Before working with the Irish, he was the outside linebackers coach at Texas A&M from 1988 to 93.


Doll's other college coaching stops include Arizona State, Tulsa and Iowa State.


Fisher was the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati in 1999 before Saban made him part of his first-year staff at LSU. Fisher had coached quarterbacks at Auburn from 1993 to 1998, when current ECU chancellor William Muse served as president at Auburn. Muse has said he will take an active role in hiring the Pirates' next head coach.


Other candidates being named as possible replacements for Logan include defensive coordinators Bud Foster of Virginia Tech, Paul Rhoads of Pittsburgh, Randy Shannon of Miami and Charlie Strong of South Carolina.


Head coaches Paul Johnson of Navy and Mike Kruczek of Central Florida have also been mentioned as prospects with Georgia offensive coordinator Neil Callaway.

The Birmingham News has reported that Alabama defensive coordinator Carl Torbush is interested in the ECU job, especially after being passed over as a replacement for Dennis Franchione as head coach of the Crimson Tide. Torbush was the head coach at North Carolina for three seasons.

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