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Thompson resigns from East Carolina

Nov. 17, 2004 at 6:17 PM

GREENVILLE, N.C., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- East Carolina University Wednesday confirmed the resignation of football coach John Thompson, effective at the end of the 2004 season.

The Pirates are 2-7, 2-5 in Conference USA with two games remaining in the season.

"I want to thank the players, staff, families and the entire Pirate Nation for their support and kindness," said Thompson in a message on the university's Web site. "The bottom line is we didn't win enough games and we didn't have enough time."

Thompson was named the school's 18th all-time head football coach Dec. 20, 2002.

In 24 years in coaching, the Forrest City, Ark., native also has been a defensive coordinator at Florida, Alabama, Arkansas and LSU, and did a one-year stint as Florida's defensive coordinator, where he led the Gators to a top 25 national ranking in total defense.

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