Former ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill has joined Dave Doeren’s staff at NC State.

The school announced his role as a special assistant to the head coach and shares that McNeill will serve as an advisor to Doeren and lead special projects and provide player development analysis.

McNeill, the former ECU head coach, spent the past few seasons on the Oklahoma staff under Lincoln Riley, first as assistant head coach / defensive tackles coach before being promoted to interim defensive coordinator partway through the 2018 season. McNeill spent the 2019 season with the Sooners coaching the outside linebackers.

McNeill announced back in January that he was leaving the Oklahoma staff to help his family as his father, who is dealing with some health issues. At the time, he was clear to note that the move was not a retirement for him and that he still desired to coach in some capacity. This reunion with longtime friend Dave Doeren will allow him the opportunity to do that in a unique capacity.

Via the school’s release.

“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. We’ve crossed paths on the recruiting trail many times over the past 22 years and have been friends and competitors. Having a former head coach on our staff who I can trust and have known for almost my entire career is a huge benefit for me personally, as well as for our entire program.

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