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Nash is a Rambler in Navy defensive scheme

Nash is a Rambler in Navy defensive scheme

As Navy’s Elan Nash answered a question detailing how the senior safety managed to come off the bench to lead his team in tackles, he sounded “Belichickian,” meaning the New England Patriots' vaunted head coach. That’s not necessarily hyperbole. After all, Bill Belichick has...

Commodore Perry slashes way to quarterback

Commodore Perry slashes way to quarterback

Navy’s “Slash” season with Malcolm Perry– a chapter borrowed form Kordell Stewart’s early NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers -- was an intriguing idea.After all, Stewart's nickname was derived from separating his multiple positions with slashes – quarterback/running...

Cutcliffe on his Blue Devils and former OC

Cutcliffe on his Blue Devils and former OC

DURHAM — Finding some middle ground at Middle Tennessee State might help Duke define what type of team it can be this year. So far, the Blue Devils failed to live up to expectations in their opener yet dominated their next opponent.Middle Tennessee State (1-1), a Conference USA...

Verity swing steady first tee through final kick

Verity swing steady first tee through final kick

Something looked and felt different about East Carolina kicker Jason Verity’s field goals in this season’s second game. It wasn’t simply hitting both tries, from 24 and 28 yards, in the Pirates’ 48-9 home-opening win Saturday over Gardner-Webb.He has established a track record...

Finishing drives scoring on ground and in air

Finishing drives scoring on ground and in air

This time East Carolina opened touchdown, field goal, touchdown and touchdown. By the time the Pirates punted, they were en route to a 1-1 record, routing Gardner-Webb 48-9 Saturday night at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.Yes, Gardner-Webb (0-2), a Football Championship Subdivision...

ECU football is a melting pot unlike Trump rally

ECU football is a melting pot unlike Trump rally

By TOM SHANAHANEast Carolina quarterback Reid Herring sat comfortably among an American melting pot of teammates -- white, black and Hispanic -- at the Murphy Center. Campus enthusiasm was palpable under new head coach Mike Houston.But a month earlier, on July 17, ECU’s nearby...

Ruff and Riley illustrate network without race

Ruff and Riley illustrate network without race

BY TOM SHANAHANThe decade-long coaching bond linking Ruffin McNeill and Lincoln Riley is -- on its surface -- a typical old-boy network story. McNeill twice appointed Riley his offensive coordinator. When Riley was named a head coach, he hired McNeill.And you say, So what?Head...

Herring pushed Ahlers in QB competition

Herring pushed Ahlers in QB competition

East Carolina coach Mike Houston's his first day on the job could have named Holton Ahlelrs his starting quarterback and not raised an eyebrow among Pirate Nation faithful. Ahlers, after all, was the returning starter, having earned the job at midseason when Reid Herring...

Pirates want to bring back McNeill for honor

Pirates want to bring back McNeill for honor

By TOM SHANAHANGREENVILLE -- During the offseason, East Carolina offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick went to Oklahoma to pick the brain of Sooners’ head coach and former Pirates’ assistant Lincoln Riley.But Kirkpatrick also had another assignment on the trip: Patch up the...

New coach still writing ECU starting lineup

New coach still writing ECU starting lineup

CARY, N.C. -- The five head coaches representing North Carolina’s schools in the National Football Foundation’s Bill Dooley chapter were seated on the dais for the annual Pigskin Preview at the Embassy Suites in suburban Raleigh.The first prompt from the moderator, WRAL’s Jeff...