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Ruffin McNeill steps away from Oklahoma and football to be with family


Family will always be more important than football, which is why Ruffin McNeill will be putting football on hold for an undetermined amount of time. Oklahoma announced on Thursday that assistant head coach and outside linebackers coach McNeill will leave football to help take care of his father.

“This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make,” McNeill said in a statement released by Oklahoma. “But in the end, being near my dad was a necessary choice. Right now I need to be a son again and I need to help my brother and other family members take care of my dad, who is battling significant health issues. This is not retirement for me. I still want to coach in some form or fashion. But right now that can’t be the case. My focus needs to be on my dad back in North Carolina.”

“Ruffin means so much to me and to my family, and his family means so much to him,” Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley said in a statement. “I know his decision to leave OU was a very difficult one, but was one he felt he had to make.”

Although McNeill said this is not a retirement decision and expressed a desire to continue coaching when the time is right, Riley confirmed the Sooners will be looking for a replacement on the staff.

“I still want to coach in some form or fashion,” McNeill said. “But right now that can’t be the case.”

McNeill joined the Oklahoma coaching staff under Riley in 2017.

East Carolina makes receiver walk the plank after DWI charge

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Three strikes and you are out, right? Such is the case for East Carolina wide receiver Danny Webster.

Following an arrest and DWI charge earlier this month, East Carolina has kicked Webster off the team. East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill confirmed the news Thursday.

Webster may have deserved to be kicked off the team just based on the driving while intoxicated charge, but his past certainly left little room for error. Webster was suspended by East Carolina twice before, most recently last October for a violation of team rules. He was also suspended in August 2012, which made him miss the season opener that season.

“We really do not have any other option than to dismiss him from the team,” McNeil said, referring to Webster’s checkered past since joining the program.