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Weeks of speculation and rumors turned to reality this past Friday when ECU Director of Athletics Jeff Compher agreed to a buyout to step down from his position, effective May 1. The settlement, … more
ECU NOTEBOOK East Carolina is only a week into spring football practice, but things are beginning to become a bit more clear at the quarterback position. Sophomore Reid Herring has seemingly … more
If ECU wants to get back to its winning ways on the baseball diamond this season, it will need two of its players with heavy ties to the Wilson area to step up and deliver. Former Wilson Hunt and … more
A vision is beginning to become a reality for Jeff Compher and the rest of ECU’s athletic administration. The Pirate athletics director stood in front of a group of dozens of high-ranking ECU … more
It was a wire-to-wire ECU lead in the recruitment of star quarterback Holton Ahlers, but things still got a little tense in the end for all parties involved. On the eve of the opening of the early … more
Jeff Lebo sent shockwaves through the college basketball world Wednesday, stepping down as ECU’s men’s basketball head coach just six games into his eighth season. Lebo surprised Director of … more
As good as ECU’s victory in its home finale felt for the seniors, the Pirates may have showcased their future in the process. Of the six touchdowns ECU scored in the team’s 48-20 victory over … more
ECU NOTEBOOK This season hasn’t gone how any ECU football senior envisioned it, but that doesn’t take away from the emotion that the group playing its final game inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium … more
ECU NOTEBOOK Tahj Deans came to ECU because he grew up watching receivers in the Pirates offense make catch after catch. Now, in the midst of his redshirt freshman season, Deans is getting his … more
Make no mistake about it, ECU’s performance in its last game certainly produced a much-needed good feeling for everyone associated with the program. Entering its Oct. 21 matchup against BYU at … more
ECU NOTEBOOK There’s no doubting ECU’s defense hasn’t been where the Pirates initially envisioned it thus far this season, but the unit took a major step forward this past Saturday during … more
With the struggling on-field results continuing and attendance dropping, ECU head coach Scottie Montgomery made a plea to Pirate fans ahead of this weekend’s homecoming matchup.The message … more
The question has been asked for virtually all of the Scottie Montgomery era to this point. Is it coaching or is it talent? “It” being the constant struggles, the 4-14 record and the … more
ECU Notebook It seems somewhat outlandish for a college football team to be five games into a season and still be struggling with leadership, but it appears that’s exactly where ECU is. The … more
It wasn’t the prettiest win by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a victory that was needed in a major way. The Pirates’ 41-38 triumph over UConn snapped a couple of lengthy streaks … more
When it comes to the quarterback position, it’s been since the days of Shane Carden that the Pirates have had stability at the position. While former head coach Ruffin McNeill managed a juggling … more
It took only two weeks into the season for East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery to re-evaluate and make a major move on his coaching staff. After the Pirates allowed a program-record 49 … more
The optimism of last week has turned into frustration and anger. Following ECU’s unexpected 34-14 loss to FCS foe James Madison in the team’s season opener over the weekend, dropping the Pirates to 1-10 in their last 11 games in the Scottie Montgomery era, the negativity surrounding the program from fans is seemingly at an all-time high, especially considering the circumstances of the previous dismissal of former head coach Ruffin McNeill still linger in some aspects. more
Perhaps it’s the cliché thing to say, but Scottie Montgomery firmly believes his football team wouldn’t be as prepared as it is now if it didn’t go through the adversity and … more
ECU head coach Scottie Montgomery tabbed the starting quarterback he hopes will lead his team to a bounce-back season on Tuesday evening, naming junior quarterback Gardner Minshew the Pirates’ … more
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