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Building defense from the bottom up

Building defense from the bottom up

By Tom ShanahanGREENVILLE -- The ageless good news/bad news joke fits East Carolina football. The good news: seven defensive starters return. The bad news: the defense finished dead last in the nation in both yards and points allowed. ... Click here for the rest of the...

My News and Observer story on Reid Herring

My News and Observer story on Reid Herring

By Tom ShanahanGREENVILLE -- All little kids playing football in a backyard or a youth league dream they can grow up to be a college quarterback. But for Reid Herring it has been more than fantasy since he was 9 years old.“My Pop Warner coach told me I had potential with my arm...

Montgomery looks and sounds undaunted

Montgomery looks and sounds undaunted

CARY, N.C. -- Scottie Montgomery returned to the annual Pigskin Preview where he first arrived two years ago as East Carolina’s rookie head coach. He oozed confidence and optimism in 2016. He was nattily dressed in a grey suit with a purple tie. He stood ramrod straight. He...

Dooley coaches on their sport and profession

Dooley coaches on their sport and profession

CARY, N.C. -- David Cutcliffe called for a show of hands.The Duke football coach was the veteran attending the 16th annual Pigskin Preview presented by the Bill Dooley Chapter of the National Football Foundation on Monday at the Embassy Suites Hotel. While seated at the dais...

Another reason Cutcliffe has remained at Duke

Another reason Cutcliffe has remained at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke coach David Cutcliffe surveyed the Blue Devils’ recent pro day at Pascal Field House. The pride was palpable. His smile could have bridged the gap that is the school's program before-and-after Cutcliffe’s arrival 10 years ago. Pre-Cutcliffe, Duke won 10 games...

Thomas Sirk doubles up on pro day chances

Thomas Sirk doubles up on pro day chances

DURHAM, N.C. -- Thomas Sirk is sending a message for NFL scouts: Good things come in pairs. Sirk played quarterback at two colleges, Duke and East Carolina. He earned two degrees, a bachelor’s in political science and masters in liberal arts. Now he’s trying to show NFL scouts...

Wolfpack defensive line threatens Notre Dame

Wolfpack defensive line threatens Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s rout of USC last week changed more than the Irish’s national ranking with a climb into the top 10. The Irish are no longer underrated.Old Notre Dame historically has received the benefit of doubt if not overrated, but a 5-1 start...

Montgomery opens second camp with second look

Montgomery opens second camp with second look

Scottie Montgomery’s first few games at East Carolina began smoothly. A young head coach’s first encounters with the weight of responsibility — and a job held by fewer than 130 men — exceeded expectations. The Pirates routed Western Carolina, 52-7, and upset North Carolina State,...

Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf

Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf

Isaiah “Zay” Jones and his East Carolina teammates missed out on a bowl game, but the senior wide receiver did his best to earn a trip with NCAA records for receptions in a season and a career.He won’t be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation on Dec. 10 in New York, although...

AAC West keeps Navy busy before Army game

AAC West keeps Navy busy before Army game

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Navy’s players celebrated like never before once they overwhelmed East Carolina 66-31 on Saturday afternoon and gathered in the visitors’ locker room beneath the stands of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.It was nothing new for them to sing “Anchors Aweigh,” the Naval...