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Montgomery names Ahlers starting QB

Montgomery names Ahlers starting QB

East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery confirmed on Monday a quarterback switch to Holton Ahlers. He had hinted at the move following Saturday’s loss to Houston.Ahlers makes his first career start against UCF, the American Athletic Conference defending champion riding a 19-game...

ECU improving but unable to overcome errors

ECU improving but unable to overcome errors

GREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s rebuilding football program has shown signs of improvement from back-to-back 3-9 seasons the past two years, but the margin of error is so slim the Pirates are slipping deeper under .500.Houston took an early two-touchdown lead, held off an ECU rally...

Oliver best Montgomery has seen since Donald

Oliver best Montgomery has seen since Donald

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s Nate Harvey is leading the nation in tackles for loss and sacks, but he could be overshadowed Saturday by Houston junior defensive tackle Ed Oliver.Oliver, who’s 6-2 and 292 pounds, is the nation’s top lineman....

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

“The option is still revered at certain high schools, but – despite the zeal of some coaches – the once venerated scheme has been languishing at the college level for years. Now rule changes may doom it there too.” – Sports Illustrated, Oct. 8, 2018 issue.   By Tom...

Two throwbacks of another kind protect Jones

Two throwbacks of another kind protect Jones

DURHAM, N.C. -- These days, college football verbiage often turns to claims the billion-dollar industry exploits athletes. Once in awhile, though, we’re reminded of the sport’s innocent roots before money hardened the game. They grew when some Princeton and Rutgers students...

From walk on to leading the nation

From walk on to leading the nation

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s Nate Harvey leads the nation in both tackles for loss and sacks.Harvey, a senior defensive end who played at Knightdale High School, has both a higher tackles for loss total (14) and average through five games (2.8) than...

The lost San Diego legacy of Alex Spanos

The lost San Diego legacy of Alex Spanos

Alex Spanos died on Tuesday at age 95 and reports across the nation identified him as owner of the Los Angeles Chargers. What a complicated yet fittingly sterile final chapter to his legacy as a National Football League franchise owner.He should be remembered for the team's...

The Irish stars finally align for Ian Book

The Irish stars finally align for Ian Book

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly no longer has to explain away speculation he settled for Ian Book as a Plan B recruit. Not after Book's third-straight win as a starter that has lifted the Irish into the College Football Playoff picture.The stars have finally aligned for Notre Dame...

Ernest Green as homecoming grand marshal

Ernest Green as homecoming grand marshal

NOTE: Michigan State president John Hannah did much more than provide Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty the backing that established Michigan State as the college football leader of the integration. Hannah brought Ernest Green, a Little Rock Nine graduate, to Michigan State with a...

The State News story on Jimmy Raye

The State News story on Jimmy Raye

Thanks to The State News and Jonathan LeBlanc for a great story on Jimmy Raye's Michigan State Hall of Fame induction and Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad teams. As a State News alum (sports editor, 1978) fun to be a part of the story. Great fun back on campus visiting old...