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Ruffin McNeill set for interview with Mike Leach on Friday

When Ruffin McNeill and East Carolina host NC State on Saturday at 12 pm EST, former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach will be the game-analyst for CBS-College Sports.

Six current East Carolina assistant coaches served under Mike Leach at Texas Tech. Lincoln Riley, Brian Mitchell, Clay McGuire, Duane Price, Brandon Jones, and Dennis Simmons each worked at Texas Tech.

McNeill says, "We (Leach) had an interview on satellite radio. He's talked to Lincoln and those guys a couple times to check up on them. It'll be neat Friday. I know I have an interview with him then. That'll be wild. I'll put him on the fire during that. I'll ask him about being on the other side.”

"I'm looking forward to seeing him. He's a knowledgeable guy. He's an offensive genius. He understands the offensive thought processes in general."

East Carolina (3-2) is coming off a 44-43 win at Southern Miss, but the Pirates rank 117th nationally in total defense and 101st nationally in turnover margin.

McNeill was glad the defense made several big stops at Southern Miss. He said, “I think our defense stepped up and swung the bat. Looking back at the game, the defense held Southern Miss to field goals at times with tough field position. Our defense did a great job stepping up and holding them to field goals early. Looking at the final score, that was big.”

"Defensively, third-down conversions were big for us. Southern Miss was 3-out-of-17. Facing that team, I thought that was enormous.”

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