the most experienced assistant on the East Carolina football staff, has
been suspended from his job after being charged with one count of
obtaining property by false pretenses, the school announced Tuesday
served as assistant head coach and defensive line coach since
initial ECU staff of head coach Skip Holtz in 2004.
Thompson has also been one of the program's most effective recruiters
during that span.
arrested by campus police Tuesday and was released under an unsecured
$10,000 bond, according to an ECU press release.
A warrant filed
by ECU police said that Thompson created and submitted fictitious
receipts to be reimbursed for money that he claimed he spent while
recruiting student athletes. Thompson had not spent the money and was
not entitled to reimbursement, the warrant said. The total amount of
money involved was $11,373.70, police said.
employment with ECU has been suspended with full pay in accordance with
university policies and procedures, according to school officials.
Director Terry Holland said the university will immediately begin a
search to find a replacement for Thompson as defensive line coach.
Thompson was in
his second stint with the Pirates, having served as defensive
coordinator on the staff of then-head coach Art Baker in 1988-89.
Thompson left ECU after the 1989 season for UNC-Chapel Hill, where he
spent 12 years as defensive line coach.
Thompson back to East Carolina from Illinois, where he was defensive
line coach for four years.
Thompson has 32 years of college coaching experience.
A native of Bogalusa, LA, he began his
coaching career as a linebackers and ends coach at Connecticut, his alma
mater, from 1975 to 1981.
Citing the police
investigation and state personnel laws, ECU officials indicated they
would have no further comment on matters relating to Thompson's arrest