Jan. 21, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -East Carolina will turn to former Texas Tech assistant and alumnus Ruffin McNeill to replace Skip Holtz.

A person with knowledge of the decision says a committee for the school's board of trustees will meet Thursday afternoon to approve McNeill's hiring. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement had not yet been made.

McNeill spent 10 seasons at Texas Tech as an assistant, then served as interim coach when Mike Leach was suspended and later fired. He coached Texas Tech to a win against Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl, but left the program after Tommy Tuberville was hired as coach.

McNeill played defensive back for the Pirates from 1976-79.

Holtz left Greenville for South Florida earlier this month.