Lincoln Riley wasn't immediately sold on East Carolina, at least not from a distance.
In fact, in the immediate aftermath of his agreement to uproot himself and his wife from their home in Texas and take a job at ECU two winters ago, Riley didn't even know where his new job was.
“I got lucky being able to coach in a great conference, the Big 12, for seven years,” said Riley, who left his job as a football assistant at Texas Tech after the 2009 season to join new ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill. “I got to play at Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, all that, and when I first took this job, I had a preconceived notion. Honestly, I didn't know that East Carolina was in Greenville. I didn't know where it was.”
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