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ECU break is time to build through recruiting

ECU break is time to build through recruiting

East Carolina’s 16-day break from the Temple loss on ESPN last Thursday night to its Oct. 19 game at UCF has new coach Mike Houston emphasizing recruiting. He has many holes to fill. Trouble is that talent won’t arrive until next year as freshmen, although Houston did learn on...

Temple wears down Pirates in Thursday game

Temple wears down Pirates in Thursday game

East Carolina opened its “Paint It Black” night on ESPN’s Thursday night national TV game with an impressive 12-play, 90-yard scoring drive. Then reality set in.The Pirates hung around with Temple for about 44 minutes before being worn down by the the Owls, who pounded out 237...

Pirates paint black their Thursday night return

Pirates paint black their Thursday night return

East Carolina football is back on the ESPN Thursday night game radar after a three-year blackout. The Pirates are eagerly promoting their own definition of a blackout, telling fans to dress for a “Paint It Black” night.That includes the players wearing all-black uniforms when the...

Kendall coming off his best performance

Kendall coming off his best performance

GREENVILLE – A year ago, East Carolina’s former coaching staff thought as preseason camp ended it had a special year coming from a rapidly developing defensive end. They were right, but they had the wrong guy.Former head coach Scottie Montgomery predicted a big year from Kendall...

Houston about nose punch not rubbing them

Houston about nose punch not rubbing them

As East Carolina drained time off the fourth-quarter clock with a 19-7 lead, the Pirates moved the ball 62 yards to William & Mary’s 1-yard line. Only seconds remained, but it was time enough to pad the final score.Impressive wins are important for a program trying to climb...

Verity swing steady first tee through final hole

Verity swing steady first tee through final hole

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 a track record for...

ECU break is about building through recruiting

ECU break is about building through recruiting

East Carolina continues its 16-day break between losing to Temple on Thursday night and Oct. 19 game at UCF with new coach Mike Houston taking advantage of the time to emphasize recruiting. He has holes to fill. Trouble is that talent won’t arrive until next year as freshmen,...

McNeill and Riley redefine the old boy network

McNeill and Riley redefine the old boy network

The 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 coaches routinely...

ECU reaches out to Ruffin McNeill to honor him

ECU reaches out to Ruffin McNeill to honor him

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 school’s relationship...

Spring ball is over and summer work underway

Spring ball is over and summer work underway

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- East Carolina football returns some promising young wideouts, but whether one enjoys a breakout season to extend the Pirates’ streak of seven consecutive seasons with a 1,000-yard receiver remains to be seen. Even in this pass-happy era that today’s relaxed...