"It's a sad day, an unfortunate day, a day that I didn't think had to happen," said ECU Offesnsive Coordinator Noah Brindise.
Many of them say less than two years was not enough time for Coach Thompson to turn around the pirate football program.
"That's not long enough for anybody.I don't care whether you are in the NFL, college or high school," said Brindise
"Are you angry about it?
We don't come to their jobs everyday and yell at them and tell them they should be fired," said Brindise