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ECU chancellor waiting until season complete

ECU chancellor waiting until season complete

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentEast Carolina Chancellor Cecil Staton issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon clarifying that football coach Scottie Montgomery’s future won’t be decided until the final three games are played.Montgomery’s three-year record is 8-25 overall and...

Four observations for final four ECU games

Four observations for final four ECU games

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s 59-41 loss last week to Memphis left the Pirates four wins shy of bowl eligibility with four to play. Normally, a 2-6 record doesn’t prompt bowl questions.But a year ago coach Scottie Montgomery promised the post-season...

Pirates improving but without wins to show

Pirates improving but without wins to show

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina can point to statistical and intangible improvements, but the Pirates continue to come up short in categories that matters most: the win-loss columns.ECU (2-6, 0-5 AAC East) lost its fourth straight, falling 59-41 to...

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...

Central Florida presents blue blood challenge

Central Florida presents blue blood challenge

Think back to the off-season. Imagine the team that Scott Frost coaches -- college football blue blood Nebraska – playing East Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.The drumbeat of anticipation would be deafeningClick here for the rest of my N&O story

ECU players say they back their coaches

ECU players say they back their coaches

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s losses and margins of defeat are mounting. Midway through the 2018, ECU is starting to resemble its 2016 and 2017 back-to-back 3-9 seasons.The Pirates (2-4, 0-3 AAC) have lost three of four with the latest being a...

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...

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....

From walk on to leading the nation

From walk on to leading the nation

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s Nate Harvey leads the nation in both tackles for loss and sacks.Harvey, a senior defensive end who played at Knightdale High School, has both a higher tackles for loss total (14) and average through five games (2.8) than...