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NCAA denies Nate Harvey a fifth year

NCAA denies Nate Harvey a fifth year

By Tom ShanahanGREENVILLE -- East Carolina announced Saturday that the NCAA has denied Nate Harvey’s waiver request for a fifth year of eligibility.New ECU coach Mike Houston had been optimistic Harvey, the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, would...

Houston remakes look of facilities and players

Houston remakes look of facilities and players

By Tom ShanahanGREENVILLE -- East Carolina coach Mike Houston is compiling “before-and-after” pictures to illustrate his new football program’s growth. That explained staging not one but two media sessions to open his first spring football.Friday marked the Pirates’ initial...

Pirates motivation in place for spring football

Pirates motivation in place for spring football

My News & Observer storyBy Tom ShanahanAn early task first-year coaches contemplate is identifying a rally cry that bonds players and coaches new to each other, but East Carolina’s Mike Houston took over with that check-list item gift-wrapped.The final chapter to ECU’s 3-9...

ECU adds more than three new recruits

ECU adds more than three new recruits

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina coach Mike Houston added three players to his first recruiting class on Wednesday to go with 18 signatures gained in the early December signing period. But that’s not all.Houston said Branden Pena, who started four games...

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...