East Carolina brings Smith back to coaching staff
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Rick Smith has returned to East Carolina's coaching staff.
Coach Ruffin McNeill added Smith as defensive coordinator and secondary coach Friday.
Smith was the Pirates' defensive backs coach from 2005-09 under Skip Holtz and spent three seasons with him at South Florida as assistant head coach in charge of cornerbacks and safeties.
The 64-year-old Smith was part of East Carolina's consecutive Conference USA title-winning teams in 2008 and '09.
He replaces the fired Brian Mitchell, who was hired earlier this week by West Virginia.
McNeill says he wanted a defensive coordinator who was experienced and a fit for the school.
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