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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...

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...

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...

ECU snaps losing streak with O and D

ECU snaps losing streak with O and D

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- Thank goodness Connecticut and its defense, ranked the worst in the nation, came to town.East Carolina shredded the Huskies to end a five-game losing streak for its third win and first in American Athletic Conference play with a 55-21...

Holton Ahlers takes command of offense

Holton Ahlers takes command of offense

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- Holton Ahlers delved deep into the playbook during the bye week then practiced Tuesday in preparation for Memphis. East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery likes what he has seen.“We had a good day at quarterback,” he said of the true...

Oliver best Montgomery has seen since Donald

Oliver best Montgomery has seen since Donald

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s Nate Harvey is leading the nation in tackles for loss and sacks, but he could be overshadowed Saturday by Houston junior defensive tackle Ed Oliver.Oliver, who’s 6-2 and 292 pounds, is the nation’s top lineman....