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McNeill Motivates College Bound Participants

ECU football coach Ruffin McNeil encourages College Bound attendees to have a "championship nature" and work hard in everything they do. "Why grasp failure when success is free," he asked.

WINTERVILLE—East Carolina University football coach Ruffin McNeill was at Pitt Community College Wednesday morning, stressing the importance of education to students taking part in the College Bound program.

"You have the pen to design and write your own story; don't let someone else write it," said McNeill, a former ECU football player who took the helm of his alma mater's football program in 2010.

McNeill told the students that, whether they realized it or not, they had already taken an important step toward success by simply getting up in the morning to participate in College Bound. He asked them to surround themselves with good people and told them that he encourages his players “to be good men, so they can be good dads” and to complete their degrees at ECU.

Started in 2007, College Bound is part of PCC’s commitment to removing barriers that may make it difficult for minority males to continue their studies after finishing high school. Each year through the program, a select group of minority male students from each of Pitt County’s six high schools visit the PCC campus to learn more about the college and the importance of higher education.