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A final look back and the view that is ahead

A final look back and the view that is ahead

Flipping the calendar to 2019 seems a good time to empty my East Carolina football notebook. Here is a look back at the chaotic dismissal of Scottie Montgomery followed by the ironically efficient hiring of Mike Houston four days later. Talk about turning the tables. In the...

Houston holds on to early commits and more

Houston holds on to early commits and more

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- A sense of normalcy appeared to return to the East Carolina football program as newly hired coach Mike Houston stepped to the podium on Wednesday at the Ward Sports Medicine Building.One reason was the recruiting class that looked...

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...

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)...

Scottie Montgomery fired with one game left

Scottie Montgomery fired with one game left

For East Carolina’s last two home games, a loss to Memphis and a win over Connecticut, Lee Workman stood with a poker face at a side door to a team meeting room that doubles for post-game media sessions.Workman has been serving as the ECU athletic department’s acting chief...

Pirates believe more to season than record

Pirates believe more to season than record

GREENVILLE – Garrett McGhin, seated on an East Carolina team room chair, leaned forward his 6-foot-6, 302-pound frame. The senior offensive tackle earnestly explained reasons beyond last week’s 55-21 win over Connecticut he feels a winning foundation is finally in place. “He has...