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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...

Capra steadily rose up ranks to his opportunity

Capra steadily rose up ranks to his opportunity

Micah Capra practiced dutifully yet watched on Saturdays from the sidelines his first two seasons. Now, though, he is another uncanny example among academy athletes that overcome their inexperience when called upon in the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series. Capra, an Air Force...

Niumatalolo thinks Irish can Book postseason

Niumatalolo thinks Irish can Book postseason

A week ago Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, while studying video to face Notre Dame, judged Irish quarterback Ian Book a dynamic difference between coach Brian Kelly’s 2018 team and recent seasons. Well, now what does he think? With a chance to see Notre Dame (8-0) up close in the...

Coach K postgame concerns included Ferris

Coach K postgame concerns included Ferris

DURHAM, N.C. – Mike Krzyzewski’s post-game concerns ranged beyond grading his No. 4-ranked basketball team’s performance as the Blue Devils prepared for their season opener with Kentucky on Nov. 6 in the Champions Classic. The venerable Coach K wanted to know if the Bulldogs,...

Ferris treasures experience visiting Duke

Ferris treasures experience visiting Duke

DURHAM, N.C. — If anyone wonders what Ferris State was doing on the court with Duke in a 132-48 exhibition game loss Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium, it was coach Mike Krzyzewski’s idea.Coach K has been inviting the reigning NCAA Division II champion for the past nine...

Ideal San Diego homecoming for Navy OL

Ideal San Diego homecoming for Navy OL

As homecomings go, Navy football player Chris Gesell touches all the bases, including jumping with two feet on his metaphorical home plate, San Diego. Aside from using a baseball metaphor for a football game, that's quite a story and lifetime memory. Gesell grew up in San Diego...

Bryce landed at NC State with luck and skill

Bryce landed at NC State with luck and skill

CHARLOTTE -- N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts grinned a cunning smile when asked if C.J. Bryce, an All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team pick for him at UNC-Wilmington, was an overlooked ACC player coming out of high school or one that has blossomed.Keatts, seated at a table...

Navy and Notre Dame rivalry visits Navy town

Navy and Notre Dame rivalry visits Navy town

Navy-Notre Dame is a time-honored college football tradition with continuity strengthened through American history. The specific epochal period was World War II. It's the reason the rivalry, renewed for the 92nd time Saturday night in San Diego, remains the nation’s longest...

Blocking is secret Jackson learned in college

Blocking is secret Jackson learned in college

DURHAM, N.C. -- More is being asked of Deon Jackson these days, especially with starting running back Brittain Brown injured. Jackson ran the ball only 32 times last year, but it’s more than the number of carries that have altered his work load. No matter how many times Jackson...

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...