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McCarthy stepping down as coach at East Carolina

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina coach Mack McCarthy will step down as coach after the Conference USA tournament to take a fundraising job in the school's athletics department.

The school announced McCarthy's decision on Saturday, after the Pirates' final regular-season game against Southern Mississippi. His new job will focus on helping to build an on-campus basketball practice facility.

McCarthy has a 34-56 record since the 2007-08 season, when he spent a year as acting head coach before getting the permanent job at the end of the year. McCarthy has a 342-233 coaching record with previous stops at Virginia Commonwealth and Chattanooga, and has three years left on a five-year deal.

East Carolina is 10-20 this season.