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Pirates are weathered by past hurricanes

Pirates are weathered by past hurricanes

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentThreatening weather and canceled football games used to be a rare combination.Not so much anymore. ... Click here for the rest of my News and Observer storyClick here for more ECU football and Hurricane Florence* * *I invite you...

Montgomery comments on Virginia Tech tweet

Montgomery comments on Virginia Tech tweet

In the era of social media, there’s little doubt that East Carolina’s football team knew about a Virginia Tech tweet that seemed to question the Pirates’ decision to cancel their Sept. 15 game against the Hokies.ECU last Tuesday announced its football team would not be traveling...

How Montgomery prepared ECU for big boys

How Montgomery prepared ECU for big boys

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- Scottie Montgomery understood East Carolina football’s history upon being named head coach in 2016. And he hasn’t backed away from “playing up” against Power 5 schools with their recruiting resource advantages.“We play Power 5 opponents...

Blake Proehl motivated to face North Carolina

Blake Proehl motivated to face North Carolina

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s players thrive on chances to show ACC schools they were overlooked, but the Pirates were beaten last week by another team motivated by the desire to prove themselves.North Carolina A&T, a Football Championship...

Pirates squander opportunities in loss

Pirates squander opportunities in loss

By Tom Shanahan, Correspondent GREENVILLE -- East Carolina needed any kind of season-opening victory for encouragement following back-to-back 3-9 seasons in head coach Scottie Montgomery’s first two seasons, but the Pirates are still searching.ECU left too many points on the...

Montgomery and Herring finally team up

Montgomery and Herring finally team up

GREENVILLE -- Scottie Montgomery long hoped to coach Reid Herring, but the former Duke offensive coordinator didn’t expect the Millbrook High alum would be his starting quarterback as East Carolina’s head coach.“I recruited Reid at Duke; we recruited him hard,” Montgomery said....

Pirates add impact player without transfer

Pirates add impact player without transfer

GREENVILLE -- Scottie Montgomery spoke glowingly of Kendall Futrell early in fall camp. East Carolina’s head coach sounded as if he had added a 5-star prospect that transferred in from recruiting heavyweights Alabama, Clemson or Ohio State.“Two days into camp, what I’ll say...

Building defense from the bottom up

Building defense from the bottom up

By Tom ShanahanGREENVILLE -- The ageless good news/bad news joke fits East Carolina football. The good news: seven defensive starters return. The bad news: the defense finished dead last in the nation in both yards and points allowed. ... Click here for the rest of the...

My News and Observer story on Reid Herring

My News and Observer story on Reid Herring

By Tom ShanahanGREENVILLE -- All little kids playing football in a backyard or a youth league dream they can grow up to be a college quarterback. But for Reid Herring it has been more than fantasy since he was 9 years old.“My Pop Warner coach told me I had potential with my arm...

Montgomery looks and sounds undaunted

Montgomery looks and sounds undaunted

CARY, N.C. -- Scottie Montgomery returned to the annual Pigskin Preview where he first arrived two years ago as East Carolina’s rookie head coach. He oozed confidence and optimism in 2016. He was nattily dressed in a grey suit with a purple tie. He stood ramrod straight. He...