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Wolfpack defensive line threatens Notre Dame

Wolfpack defensive line threatens Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s rout of USC last week changed more than the Irish’s national ranking with a climb into the top 10. The Irish are no longer underrated.Old Notre Dame historically has received the benefit of doubt if not overrated, but a 5-1 start...

Montgomery opens second camp with second look

Montgomery opens second camp with second look

Scottie Montgomery’s first few games at East Carolina began smoothly. A young head coach’s first encounters with the weight of responsibility — and a job held by fewer than 130 men — exceeded expectations. The Pirates routed Western Carolina, 52-7, and upset North Carolina State,...

Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf

Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf

Isaiah “Zay” Jones and his East Carolina teammates missed out on a bowl game, but the senior wide receiver did his best to earn a trip with NCAA records for receptions in a season and a career.He won’t be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation on Dec. 10 in New York, although...

AAC West keeps Navy busy before Army game

AAC West keeps Navy busy before Army game

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Navy’s players celebrated like never before once they overwhelmed East Carolina 66-31 on Saturday afternoon and gathered in the visitors’ locker room beneath the stands of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.It was nothing new for them to sing “Anchors Aweigh,” the Naval...

Tillman one of many seniors to fill ranks

Tillman one of many seniors to fill ranks

Navy’s Jamir Tillman should have felt the weight of the world like an elephant jumped on his shoulders coming into this season. He was the offense’s only returning starter from a team that finished 11-2 and ranked No. 18 in the nation.Imagine that leadership responsibility at...

East Carolina needs time to work on losing streak

East Carolina needs time to work on losing streak

The damage Hurricane Matthew left behind over the weekend has provided East Carolina an unanticipated yet much-needed break from another swirling storm – a four-game losing streak.The reeling Pirates were scheduled to meet a hot Navy team that is coming off an upset of No. 6...

North Carolina offense comes to life

North Carolina offense comes to life

With North Carolina’s offense coming to life, let us honor the late Gene Wilder with his legendary words from “Young Frankenstein.” They apply to the Tar Heels’ 48-23 win Saturday night at Illinois.“Alive! It’s alive! IT’S ALIVE!” ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U...

East Carolina hands NC State big loss

East Carolina hands NC State big loss

Any East Carolina victory against North Carolina State is titanic for the Pirates. They again proved themselves shipworthy with a 33-30 victory Saturday before a sellout crowd of 50,719 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.Of all the losses ACC member N.C. State has suffered to its neighbor...

Doeren understands playing with chip on shoulder

Doeren understands playing with chip on shoulder

Dave Doeren spent two successful seasons at Mid-American Conference member Northern Illinois in the shadow of the Big Ten. It’s easy for North Carolina State’s head coach to understand why East Carolina plays so well against ACC teams.“Anytime you have a situation where there are...

East Carolina and NC State transfer QBs meet

East Carolina and NC State transfer QBs meet

College football now exists in an era of free agency, especially for quarterbacks. QBs sign on with new schools — not for money, but in search of playing time.One theory so many head coaches waited until the last minute to name a starting quarterback for their openers – Alabama’s...