UPDATE: Beamer, Hoke, Withers, Canada have all interviewed with ECU (Reports)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The search for Ruffin McNeill’s replacement is heating up as at least four candidates have been in talks with East Carolina University, according to multiple media reports.

Athletic Director Jeff Compher, who announced the firing of McNeill on Friday, has been out of the office, stationed in Raleigh to conduct the search for the 21st head football coach.

Compher announced during the Friday press conference that he is using a search firm to help fill the opening.

According to Bruce Feldman (FOX Sports), ECU has conducted interviews with Shane Beamer (Virginia Tech Associate Head Coach), Brady Hoke (former head coach at Michigan), and Everett Withers (head coach at JMU).

Earlier on Thursday Brett McMurphy (ESPN) reported the Matt Canada, North Carolina State Offensive Coordinator, had also been interviewed for the job.

Multiple sources within the athletic department confirmed with WNCT earlier this week that Compher and the athletic department were hoping to have a decision by Monday, December 14.

It’s worth mentioning, the dead period in college football recruiting begins December 14 and extends until January 13.

During this time, according to the NCAA, ” a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools.”

East Carolina would obviously like to have a coach inked sooner rather than later to help solidify the 2016 recruiting class, as National Signing Day is February 3rd.

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