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ECU hires Houston from James Madison and an AD

ECU hires Houston from James Madison and an AD

East Carolina put an end to last weekend’s chaotic events by acting swiftly on Monday with announcements of two hires. Chancellor Cecil Staton named Jon Gilbert athletic director and Gilbert followed with Mike Houston as football coach.Gilbert arrives from Southern Mississippi,...

NC State ends long season for Pirates

NC State ends long season for Pirates

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentRALEIGH -- East Carolina thought it was a good idea to schedule a 12th game at N.C. State, but that was two months ago. Long before its tattered program arrived without a head coach and starting quarterback – not to mention an athletic director.The...

Blackwell on status of Ahlers and Snead

Blackwell on status of Ahlers and Snead

ECU defensive coordinator David Blackwell, who will lead the Pirates against N.C. State following Thursday’s dismissal of Scottie Montgomery, addressed the status of two true freshmen, quarterback Holton Ahlers of D.H. Conley High and wide receiver Tyler Snead of Millbrook...

Harvey rises from obscurity to shot at NFL

Harvey rises from obscurity to shot at NFL

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s Nate Harvey enjoys an unlikely homecoming this week that no one anticipated. Not even the Knightdale High graduate and his mother, Zelinka Harvey, dreamed of it in their wildest imaginations.First of all, ECU (3-8)...

Scottie Montgomery fired with one game left

Scottie Montgomery fired with one game left

For East Carolina’s last two home games, a loss to Memphis and a win over Connecticut, Lee Workman stood with a poker face at a side door to a team meeting room that doubles for post-game media sessions.Workman has been serving as the ECU athletic department’s acting chief...

Pirates believe more to season than record

Pirates believe more to season than record

GREENVILLE – Garrett McGhin, seated on an East Carolina team room chair, leaned forward his 6-foot-6, 302-pound frame. The senior offensive tackle earnestly explained reasons beyond last week’s 55-21 win over Connecticut he feels a winning foundation is finally in place. “He has...

ECU snaps losing streak with O and D

ECU snaps losing streak with O and D

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- Thank goodness Connecticut and its defense, ranked the worst in the nation, came to town.East Carolina shredded the Huskies to end a five-game losing streak for its third win and first in American Athletic Conference play with a 55-21...

ECU chancellor waiting until season complete

ECU chancellor waiting until season complete

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentEast Carolina Chancellor Cecil Staton issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon clarifying that football coach Scottie Montgomery’s future won’t be decided until the final three games are played.Montgomery’s three-year record is 8-25 overall and...

Four observations for final four ECU games

Four observations for final four ECU games

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s 59-41 loss last week to Memphis left the Pirates four wins shy of bowl eligibility with four to play. Normally, a 2-6 record doesn’t prompt bowl questions.But a year ago coach Scottie Montgomery promised the post-season...

Pirates improving but without wins to show

Pirates improving but without wins to show

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina can point to statistical and intangible improvements, but the Pirates continue to come up short in categories that matters most: the win-loss columns.ECU (2-6, 0-5 AAC East) lost its fourth straight, falling 59-41 to...