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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...

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...

Holton Ahlers takes command of offense

Holton Ahlers takes command of offense

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- Holton Ahlers delved deep into the playbook during the bye week then practiced Tuesday in preparation for Memphis. East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery likes what he has seen.“We had a good day at quarterback,” he said of the true...

Five observations as Pirates enter bye week

Five observations as Pirates enter bye week

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- Holton Ahlers provided East Carolina fans hope as the hometown kid that turned down ACC, SEC and Big Ten schools. The D.H. Conley High gradute was a recruiting coup for coach Scottie Montgomery.Now, Montgomery is holding on to that hope...

Ahlers moves ball but turnovers hurt Pirates

Ahlers moves ball but turnovers hurt Pirates

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina quarterback Holton Ahlers threw for 406 yards and sparked a second-half rally in his first career start, but No. 10-ranked Central Florida eventually overwhelmed the Pirates.UCF beat ECU 37-10 to extend its...