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Spring ball is over and summer work underway

Spring ball is over and summer work underway

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- East Carolina football returns some promising young wideouts, but whether one enjoys a breakout season to extend the Pirates’ streak of seven consecutive seasons with a 1,000-yard receiver remains to be seen. Even in this pass-happy era that today’s relaxed...

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...

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...

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...

Five observations as Pirates enter bye week

Five observations as Pirates enter bye week

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- Holton Ahlers provided East Carolina fans hope as the hometown kid that turned down ACC, SEC and Big Ten schools. The D.H. Conley High gradute was a recruiting coup for coach Scottie Montgomery.Now, Montgomery is holding on to that hope...

Montgomery names Ahlers starting QB

Montgomery names Ahlers starting QB

East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery confirmed on Monday a quarterback switch to Holton Ahlers. He had hinted at the move following Saturday’s loss to Houston.Ahlers makes his first career start against UCF, the American Athletic Conference defending champion riding a 19-game...

ECU improving but unable to overcome errors

ECU improving but unable to overcome errors

GREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s rebuilding football program has shown signs of improvement from back-to-back 3-9 seasons the past two years, but the margin of error is so slim the Pirates are slipping deeper under .500.Houston took an early two-touchdown lead, held off an ECU rally...

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...

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...

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....