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Green takes modern path pioneer blazed to Ferris

Green takes modern path pioneer blazed to Ferris

College football mines hundreds of prospects from the talent-rich South, where the sport is religion, to play for northern schools at all levels. An experience on their own attracts some. Others were overlooked by schools closer to home. Adrian Green of Cedar Grove High in...

Army and Navy always live up to expectations

Army and Navy always live up to expectations

The Army-Navy Game never disappoints.That’s what two of us told the other as three old friends from Big Rapids, Mi., gathered for the 119th Army-Navy Game Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. For me, it was my fourth Army-Navy Game but first outside the press box...

JMU alum offers ECU fans a guarantee

JMU alum offers ECU fans a guarantee

Green Bay Packers rookie Raven Greene offers a suggestion for East Carolina football fans who might be disgruntled: if they follow his advice they’ll be confident new head coach Mike Houston can revive the sagging program.“They should watch a video of one of his pre-game...

They commit to football and uncertain future

They commit to football and uncertain future

“I get to work daily with heroes that joined the military AFTER we were attacked on 9/11, AFTER the war started in Afghanistan and AFTER the war started in Iraq. I would like to think I’m that brave, but I’m not so sure."-- Phil McConkey, Navy grad and New York Giants Super Bowl...

Kelvin Hopkins standing tall at West Point

Kelvin Hopkins standing tall at West Point

By Tom ShanahanKelvin Hopkins and Daniel Jones stood out as an odd couple at clinics five summers ago. That observation, though, applied only if viewing the NFL as the end-all-to-be-all for two college-bound high school kids from Charlotte, N.C.Jones has developed into a 6-foot-5...

Houston feels like he is back home at ECU

Houston feels like he is back home at ECU

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- Mike Houston, sporting a purple tie highlighted with East Carolina’s logo, stepped to the podium and said all the right things to win Tuesday’s press conference as the right fit as ECU’s new football coach.He noted he’s from...

ECU hires Houston from James Madison and an AD

ECU hires Houston from James Madison and an AD

East Carolina put an end to last weekend’s chaotic events by acting swiftly on Monday with announcements of two hires. Chancellor Cecil Staton named Jon Gilbert athletic director and Gilbert followed with Mike Houston as football coach.Gilbert arrives from Southern Mississippi,...

NC State ends long season for Pirates

NC State ends long season for Pirates

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentRALEIGH -- East Carolina thought it was a good idea to schedule a 12th game at N.C. State, but that was two months ago. Long before its tattered program arrived without a head coach and starting quarterback – not to mention an athletic director.The...

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...

Harvey rises from obscurity to shot at NFL

Harvey rises from obscurity to shot at NFL

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s Nate Harvey enjoys an unlikely homecoming this week that no one anticipated. Not even the Knightdale High graduate and his mother, Zelinka Harvey, dreamed of it in their wildest imaginations.First of all, ECU (3-8)...