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ECU receivers Webster, Smyre suspended indefinitely

Posted October 8, 2013

East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Danny Webster (33)during todays game. Southern Miss defeats East Carolina 48-28 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville North Carolina.

— East Carolina wide receivers Danny Webster and Quataye Smyre have been suspended indefinitely for "a violation of team policy," according to the school.

"While this situation is contrary to the progress we've made, and certainly not indicative of the many right choices we make as a collective group, I'm disappointed any time we have to address issues like this," Pirates head coach Ruffin McNeill said in a statement Tuesday. "We always talk about being accountable as a program and any behavior that contradicts that is unacceptable. Our priority is to put people in a position to succeed."

Webster, a junior, is the Pirates' third-leading receiver with 18 catches for 144 yards. He has also experienced action on both the punt and kickoff return units this year, starting four of five games.

Smyre, a redshirt freshman, has played in the last two contests and has three receptions for 19 yards.

McNeill said true freshman Isaiah Jones, who opened the campaign as an inside receiver before moving to an outside slot three weeks ago, would return to his original position.

East Carolina (4-1, 2-0 C-USA) will travel to New Orleans Saturday to meet Tulane (4-2, 2-0) at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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  • tcoutouzis Oct 9, 1:24 p.m.

    Good Job coach!

    Does anyone know if Terry Williams is still out? I think he has been out for 2 games now.

  • RaleighPirate Oct 9, 8:02 a.m.

    Tough to see these players not taking care of business, I assume, off the field. But I am glad Coach McNeill does take discipline seriously and will not let anyone slide.

    By the way, today is Coach's birthday.

    So Happy Birthday Coach McNeill!

    I'm sorry this was the early present two of your players handed to you yesterday.

  • eYore Oct 9, 5:58 a.m.

    This story is yet another example of the conundrum facing coaches today. They have to balance the talent needed on the field with the maturity of the individual along with academic skills, and good citizenship. Most kids who rise up to become college athletes do work hard at all those facets, but occasionally, they show a lack of maturity which results in poor choices. That is where a good coach and support system can help the kid grow. I hope these young men take their lessons to heart and become better people.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Oct 8, 10:51 p.m.

    Oh well, at least they got to woop up on the Holes before being suspended. :)

  • hsiflee Oct 8, 9:39 p.m.

    in other news, the head unc men's b-ball coach had no comment...

    — Posted by rushbot

    baseball coach?

  • rushbot Oct 8, 8:41 p.m.

    in other news, the head unc men's b-ball coach had no comment...

  • PirateGrad2009 Oct 8, 8:26 p.m.

    Even though losing these young men on the field hurts our team, I applaud Coach Ruffin for AGAIN taking a stand and being a mentor first rather than obsessing with Wins & Losses. Coach Ruffin is taking the best approach to establishing a disciplined culture at ECU by stomping the problem out upon first sight. This just means it's time for a young talented man like Isaiah Jones to step up and seize the opportunity.

    Keep it up Coach and GO PIRATES!

  • shakennotstirred Oct 8, 7:49 p.m.

    Word is they were hanging around with some of UNC's brain trust.

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