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V.I. Pirate

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Put simply Ruff has done more for ECU athletics than 99%

He played here so right there that gives him more skin in the game than 99.9% of this board. He coached here when we damn near were up shits creek without a paddle with Holland scrambling after Stockstill turned us down. He took what could have been a disaster after Skip leaving and ECU having more Seniors graduating than almost any school and quickly turned it around with a 26 year old OC. We had some very solid wins, 10 win season, bowl win and the could of should of would of season of 2014. Like most HC at ECU there was plenty of meat left on the bone but he did what I hope of any coach and that is left ECU better than he found it. There was still energy around the program when he left . All you have to do is look at the first two games of Montgomery tenure. We opened up with FCS Western Carolina and still had 44k in Ficklen. The next week vs NCST we sold out 50,719 in one of the best Ficklen game day atmosphere's ever sporting the Purple Gold patterns. As bad as that season was we averaged over 40k in Ficklen. It wasn't really until year 3, 2018 when attendance took a nose dive that we have yet to recover from.

Ruff did a great job while he was here and as a player and coach he will always be a Pirate in my book. I could not care less what color shirt he has on , he is a Pirate.

(In response to this post by SJCPirate80)

Posted: 11/06/2021 at 07:52AM


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