East Carolina fires defensive coordinator
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Brian Mitchell is out after three seasons as East Carolina's defensive coordinator.
Coach Ruffin McNeill announced Thursday that the school will not renew Mitchell's contract.
Mitchell also coached their secondary and presided over a defense that ranked 104th in the Bowl Subdivision against the pass.
The Pirates ranked no better than 52nd nationally in any major defensive stat category, and allowed 591 total yards in a 43-34 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl.
McNeill says "there's never a good time to make a coaching change" involving a friend, but adds that the move was made in the program's best interests.
Mitchell came with McNeill from Texas Tech in 2010.