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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...

Houston banks on young talent paying off soon

Houston banks on young talent paying off soon

At the midway point of Mike Houston’s first 12-game regular season at East Carolina, the Pirates are relying increasingly on young players, including true freshmen.True freshman cornerback Ja’Quan McMillian has started every game, true freshman wide receiver C.J. Johnson has...

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,...