Sometimes, there is a coach is fired for a seemingly ridiculous reason and makes the nation scratch their heads in disbelief.
East Carolina Pirates fans and media were not the only people not happy with the decision to fire East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill. We at Underdog Dynasty have also expressed our shock and confusion about the decision.
Many East Carolina players, past an present, have voiced their displeasure with the decision with tweets, but have also paid their respect for the now former head coach.
I love ECU but if this news is true about Ruff being fired, I'm deeply upset about this decision and want to hear an explanation— shane carden (@Capn_Carden5) December 4, 2015
Im furious right now— Justin Hardy (@FreakMagic2) December 4, 2015
SO ECU THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROGRAM I SHEAD BLOOD AND TEARS FOR JUST FIRED COACH RUFFIN MCNEILL #WHATAJOKE!!!!!!!!! #MISTAKE— Brandon Simmons (@BSimmons25) December 4, 2015
Everyone at ECU will always remember that feeling against UCF last season...This is worse.— Worth Gregory (@WorthGregory40) December 4, 2015
Ruff was the reason I transferred here, I love that man to death, this one hits hard #family— Davis Plowman (@DPlowman38) December 4, 2015
I have a lot to say about this... But I'm just going to keep my mouth shut.— Kurt Benkert (@KurtBenkert) December 4, 2015
Ask any player on this team and they will tell you the #1 reason they came here was because of @RuffinMcNeill!— Garrett McGhin (@THEMANGMAC) December 4, 2015
it's more to football than just records. hard to find someone who truly cares for each player and their families beyond race, background,etc— demage' bailey . (@dbailey_x) December 4, 2015
Bad decision @ECUAthletics. Smh I'm lost for words right now— Dominique Davis (@D_DavisECU) December 4, 2015
I could literally go on with several dozen tweets from current and former players about their feelings on this perplexing decision. Of the ones that I saw, none were in favor of the decision by athletic director Jeff Compher. But I think that the tweet of current wide receiver Isaiah Jones says it best.
By far, the greatest loss we've had all year.— Isaiah Jones (@ZayJones7) December 4, 2015
We are still in the beginning stages of sorting through the information and finding out what caused this shocking firing. Whatever the end cause, another football program will be gaining one of the most respected coaches in all of college football. One thing we can say is that McNeill was a man that loved coaching his alma mater.
Stick with us as we attempt to make sense of this firing and keep you posted in the East Carolina search for a coach to replace Ruffin McNeill.