Former Ford assistant backs up
By Denny O'Brien
the replay of Terry Holland's Tuesday Press Conference,
in which he discussed East Carolina's search for a
football coach (recorded by Brian Bailey):
report in The Post and Courier of Charleston, SC, that
former Clemson and Arkansas head coach Danny Ford has been offered the
East Carolina coaching job apparently has credence, if a contention by a
one-time Ford employee turns out to be substantiated.
A former Ford assistant at
Clemson has confirmed that ECU athletics director Terry Holland has
offered the job to Ford and that Ford is interested, a well-connected
source has told Bonesville.net.
According to the account,
the former assistant says that Holland did not issue a timetable with
the offer and that Ford is taking a couple of days to ponder the
Conversely, sources close
to East Carolina say that Ford has not been offered the job.
Ford, 56, spent 11 years
as the head coach at Clemson, a period that included the 1981 national
title and five Atlantic Coast Conference crowns.
reported on Monday that Ford had
apparently contacted former ECU coach Ed Emory, now head coach at
Richmond County High, to relay his interest in the Pirates job.
Ford has been absent from
the game since 1997, when he retired from coaching after a five-year run
at Arkansas. The Razorbacks finished with consecutive 4-7 seasons to
close out his tenure in Fayetteville.
The report in The Post and
Courier casts a new dimension on speculation surrounding East Carolina's
search for a successor to recently fired football coach John Thompson.
According to several
sources, it was believed that former South Carolina assistant Skip
Holtz, who visited Greenville for an interview, was the frontrunner for
Outgoing Florida Gators
coach Ron Zook and William & Mary coach Jimmye Laycock also were
believed to be in the running, while sources have said that ECU had
initiated a dialogue with former Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham, an
Eastern North Carolina native. Willingham was fired by the Irish on
02/23/07 11:30 AM
Compiled from Bonesville.net
staff reports. A story from The (Charleston, SC) Post and Courier was used
as a reference in writing this article.
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