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Pirates rebound to nearly upset Cincinnati

Pirates rebound to nearly upset Cincinnati

By Tom ShanahanGREENVILLE -- East Carolina, with no answers in four previous AAC double-digit losses, came up with two school-record performances and eight scoring responses to take No. 17-ranked Cincinnati down to the final seconds.The AAC East-leading Bearcats needed a 32-yard...

Another AAC opponent overpowers Pirates

Another AAC opponent overpowers Pirates

GREENVILLEAmerican Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco visited East Carolina hoping to see progress in a struggling a Pirates program that new coach Mike Houston inherited. He’ll need to visit another time.Another week of conference play showed ECU isn’t ready to measure...

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...

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,...

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...

NCAA denies Nate Harvey a fifth year

NCAA denies Nate Harvey a fifth year

By Tom ShanahanGREENVILLE -- East Carolina announced Saturday that the NCAA has denied Nate Harvey’s waiver request for a fifth year of eligibility.New ECU coach Mike Houston had been optimistic Harvey, the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, would...

Houston remakes look of facilities and players

Houston remakes look of facilities and players

By Tom ShanahanGREENVILLE -- East Carolina coach Mike Houston is compiling “before-and-after” pictures to illustrate his new football program’s growth. That explained staging not one but two media sessions to open his first spring football.Friday marked the Pirates’ initial...

Pirates motivation in place for spring football

Pirates motivation in place for spring football

My News & Observer storyBy Tom ShanahanAn early task first-year coaches contemplate is identifying a rally cry that bonds players and coaches new to each other, but East Carolina’s Mike Houston took over with that check-list item gift-wrapped.The final chapter to ECU’s 3-9...