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By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Sunday, December 2, 2018

The East Carolina University Board of Trus­tees will meet Monday at 9:30 a.m., which adds to the like­li­hood of South­ern Miss ath­let­ics di­rec­tor Jon Gil­bert being named East Carolina’s next AD and also that Mike Houston is the Pirates’ next football coach.

An ECU re­lease Sun­day af­ter­noon said this emergency meet­ing was called to hear up­dates re­gard­ing per­son­nel mat­ters and take any re­lated ac­tion.

Gil­bert is a grad­u­ate of Lenoir-Rhyne in Hick­ory, where he also played col­lege foot­ball. Hous­ton was head coach at Le­nior-Rhyne from 2011-13 be­fore go­ing to The Ci­tadel and then JMU. James Madison announced Sunday night that Houston is leaving for another school.

ECU had not released anything official as of Sunday night.

A deal be­tween Gil­bert and the Pirates has re­port­edly been pos­si­ble for weeks, dat­ing back to when The Daily Re­flec­tor re­ported on Nov. 16 that Gil­bert was emerg­ing as a lead can­di­date for the po­si­tion that has been va­cant since Jeff Com­pher ac­cepted a buy­out in March.

The Daily Re­flec­tor also re­ported Fri­day that Gil­bert and UNC Wilm­ing­ton’s Jimmy Bass were fi­nal­ists. Bass then posted on Twit­ter on Fri­day night that he was no longer a can­di­date.

ECU spe­cial ath­let­ics ad­viser Dave Hart is lead­ing the Pi­rates’ search for an ath­let­ics di­rec­tor and a new foot­ball coach. Gil­bert was Ten­nessee’s ex­ec­u­tive se­nior as­so­ciate ath­let­ics di­rec­tor from 2011-17, when Hart was the school’s ath­let­ics di­rec­tor. They also worked to­gether at Alabama.

He has been the AD at South­ern Miss since Jan. 24, 2017.

Con­tact Ron­nie Wood­ward at rwood­ward@re­flec­tor.com, 252-329-9592 and fol­low @Ron­nieW11 on Twitter.

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