ECU hires Mitchell as defensive coordinator


Exactly one week after being hired as the cornerbacks coach at Memphis, Brian Mitchell has taken a better offer.

Mitchell left the Tigers to become the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at East Carolina. Mitchell spent the past four years working at Texas Tech with ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill. Mitchell also spent 11 seasons as a defensive assistant at BYU.

“Brian's a very knowledgeable and experienced coach who has the ability to relate exceptionally well with his players," McNeill said. "He's been able to draw on his experiences as a player at BYU, and in the NFL, and bring those leadership qualities into the coaching profession."

Under Mitchell, Texas Tech’s passing defense ranked first in the Big 12 conference in 2006 and 2007. It held opponents to 188.4 yards per game in 2007 -- the only Big 12 program to hold opponents below 200 yards per game.