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Montgomery values high school coaches

Montgomery values high school coaches

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina’s Scottie Montgomery estimates he interviewed Antonio King 15 times before the Pirates’ new head coach hired him as his running backs coach.The same applies to naming Sedrick Irvin as the Pirates’ Coordinator of Football Operations....

Tony Dungy thanks Jimmy Raye and other pioneers

Tony Dungy thanks Jimmy Raye and other pioneers

Jimmy Raye coached 37 years in the NFL. He worked for 10 different teams and helped several players get to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he had never been to Canton, Ohio, for an enshrinement ceremony until last weekend.Sitting in the crowd, he listened as former Bucs coach...

Indiana swimmer Lilly King sets example

Indiana swimmer Lilly King sets example

Bravo, Lilly King!Whatever they’ve taught the 19-year-old swimmer at the University of Indiana or as a kid growing up in Evansville, Ind., grown men in all sports need to follow her example. ... Click here for the rest of my FanRag Sports.com story

Summers a man for positions

Summers a man for positions

GREENVILLE, N.C. – A glaring sign that James Summers is no longer East Carolina’s quarterback was unavoidable at the Pirates’ recent media day.He sat alone at table in the Murphy Center. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U story

Philip Nelson and his roads taken

Philip Nelson and his roads taken

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The term “limited knowledge” best described new East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery regarding transfer quarterback Philip Nelson. At first he had only Minnesota game film to go by, and then spring drills.Now that fall camp is underway and Montgomery has...

Babers forces Syracuse to pick up pace

Babers forces Syracuse to pick up pace

The first day new Syracuse head coach Dino Babers ran his Orange players through spring drills, the workout ended the same way as his first practices with Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green:with beet-red-faced players tossing their lunches into trash cans. ... Click here for...

Matau adds chapter to Polynesian football

Matau adds chapter to Polynesian football

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The better Christian Matau plays this year, the more the East Carolina center will need to study Polynesian football history.He was named to the watch list for the Polynesian Football Player of the Year Award that is named Dec. 7 and presented Jan. 20 at the...

East Carolina expands borders west

East Carolina expands borders west

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina is broader than eastern North Carolina’s boundaries from I-95 to the Atlantic Ocean.That’s one realization new head coach Scottie Montgomery made after he spent the offseason traveling the state to meet fans. He’s completed preseason planning and...

Babers welcomes Syracuse football climate

Babers welcomes Syracuse football climate

Dino Babers played high school football in San Diego and college ball at Hawaii. He launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. He also spent a year as a San Diego State assistant.Yes, he’s lived in comfortable climates while playing and coaching a...

Clawson recruiting focuses on developing talent

Clawson recruiting focuses on developing talent

Wake Forest’s Dave Clawson enters the third year of his fourth go-round rebuilding a football program in 2016. He knows what improvement looks like from past success at Fordham, Richmond and Bowling Green.Clawson stated at the recent ACC media days in Charlotte the Demon Deacons...