East Carolina reportedly interested in Grambling’s Rod Broadway

There’s an interesting connectivity linking one job search involving a former Grambling coach with another that could include the current one.

Follow along now: Doug Williams, who led the GSU program from 1998-2003, interviewed for the open position at the University of South Florida. That job eventually went to East Carolina’s Skip Holtz.

Now, ECU — located in Greenville, N.C. — has apparently asked Grambling athletics director J. Lin Dawson for permission to talk to third-year Tigers coach Rod Broadway about replacing Holtz.

Broadway, a North Carolina native best known for his stint on Steve Spurrier’s FBS national championship winning staff at Florida in the 1990s, most recently led the N.C.-Central staff, and previously worked as an assistant at Duke, North Carolina and, yes, at East Carolina — though that was back in 1979-80.

Broadway has flirted with leaving the FCS program at Grambling before, interviewing with Duke and being linked to the coaching search at Florida A&M. He’s not the only coach on ECU’s wish list, however. Other names circulating include Temple’s Al Golden and Middle Tennessee’s Rick Stockstill.

Holtz took over an East Carolina program that had won just 3 total times in its previous three seasons and led it to two Conference USA titles. ECU had not won a league championship since since 1976. During his five-year tenure, Holtz — son of Lou Holtz, who won a FBS championship at Notre Dame — guiding ECU to four-straight bowl game appearances for the first time in school history.

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22 comments

  1. I figured Broadway was going to leave. I felt he would leave after the 2010 season. Wish him the best of luck if he picked to run ECU. GSU needs to move on and get a good coach to replace him.

  2. I figured Broadway was going to leave. I felt he would leave after the 2010 season. Wish him the best of luck if he picked to run ECU. GSU needs to move on and get a good coach to replace him.

  3. Nick,

    The article's heading states that ECU is interested in B'way…Man, did you set off a fire storm. It doesn't indicate one way or another if B'way was interested or not, but the criticism in some corners has revved up about him "always" interviewing for jobs. Do you care to set the record straight? (Not that it would help)

  4. Nick,

    The article’s heading states that ECU is interested in B’way…Man, did you set off a fire storm. It doesn’t indicate one way or another if B’way was interested or not, but the criticism in some corners has revved up about him “always” interviewing for jobs. Do you care to set the record straight? (Not that it would help)

  5. Thanks Nick, Good luck Broadway. Now GSU, lets get someone who wants to be apart of our legacy, someone that is commented to being apart of our institution and community. Remember we are Grambling. Fight for Dear Old Grambling.

  6. Nick Deriso Said:

    Forgive me if I can’t figure out how someone blames Broadway for a call placed to his boss.

    Comment made on January 19, 2010 at 9:32 am

    It still hasn't registered, Nick… If he leaves for more $$$ it's no different from Grambling or any institution firing him or not renewing him if dissatisfied with his record.

  7. Thanks Nick, Good luck Broadway. Now GSU, lets get someone who wants to be apart of our legacy, someone that is commented to being apart of our institution and community. Remember we are Grambling. Fight for Dear Old Grambling.

  8. Nick Deriso Said:

    Forgive me if I can’t figure out how someone blames Broadway for a call placed to his boss.

    Comment made on January 19, 2010 at 9:32 am

    It still hasn’t registered, Nick… If he leaves for more $$$ it’s no different from Grambling or any institution firing him or not renewing him if dissatisfied with his record.

  9. Has coach taken the job? If i read correctly, it only stated that ECU was interested in him. They are interest in other coaches as well. Can we at least wait until it's published that he has left. That's the business of college football. You have to contact the AD before you talk to the coach. He never said he was interested. Look at it this way, if "everybody" wants your coaches your program must be doing something right!

  10. oh yeah, almost forgot. we do realize that the NCAA rule is that you have to have at least one minority on the interview list. who is to say the really want to hire him. if he had took the job we would have known by now! let's ease up and give coach broadway some slack. some of us may be to young to know this but COACH EDDIE ROBINSON was offered the head coaching job back in the early 70's to caoch th l.a. rams and he stayed. let it play out first, then we speak.

  11. Has coach taken the job? If i read correctly, it only stated that ECU was interested in him. They are interest in other coaches as well. Can we at least wait until it’s published that he has left. That’s the business of college football. You have to contact the AD before you talk to the coach. He never said he was interested. Look at it this way, if “everybody” wants your coaches your program must be doing something right!

  12. oh yeah, almost forgot. we do realize that the NCAA rule is that you have to have at least one minority on the interview list. who is to say the really want to hire him. if he had took the job we would have known by now! let’s ease up and give coach broadway some slack. some of us may be to young to know this but COACH EDDIE ROBINSON was offered the head coaching job back in the early 70’s to caoch th l.a. rams and he stayed. let it play out first, then we speak.

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  14. I think alot of us are not aware Nick as a writer these are your thoughts on what coach broadway may or may not do. Alot of us in an uproar about it and really haven't done any research on other candidates for the job. Truthfully, i don't think he's one of their main candidates. if so, why was stockstill offered the job, and they have extened their list with 6 more coaches. If he is hired maybe out of deperation because of the nat'l signing day drawing to a close. They also want the coach from Bowling Green and Liberty. So let's just see how this plays out. Who knows this may open the doors for more history to made at Grambling.

  15. I think alot of us are not aware Nick as a writer these are your thoughts on what coach broadway may or may not do. Alot of us in an uproar about it and really haven’t done any research on other candidates for the job. Truthfully, i don’t think he’s one of their main candidates. if so, why was stockstill offered the job, and they have extened their list with 6 more coaches. If he is hired maybe out of deperation because of the nat’l signing day drawing to a close. They also want the coach from Bowling Green and Liberty. So let’s just see how this plays out. Who knows this may open the doors for more history to made at Grambling.

  16. well looks like ECU got their man Ruffin Mcneil. i knid of felt coach wasn't leaving. i don't think he wants that type of stress agian with those types of programs.

  17. well looks like ECU got their man Ruffin Mcneil. i knid of felt coach wasn’t leaving. i don’t think he wants that type of stress agian with those types of programs.

  18. Pingback: Rod Broadway Headed to East Carolina? | HBCU Digest


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