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Montgomery opens second camp with second look

Montgomery opens second camp with second look

Scottie Montgomery’s first few games at East Carolina began smoothly. A young head coach’s first encounters with the weight of responsibility — and a job held by fewer than 130 men — exceeded expectations. The Pirates routed Western Carolina, 52-7, and upset North Carolina State,...

East Carolina needs time to work on losing streak

East Carolina needs time to work on losing streak

The damage Hurricane Matthew left behind over the weekend has provided East Carolina an unanticipated yet much-needed break from another swirling storm – a four-game losing streak.The reeling Pirates were scheduled to meet a hot Navy team that is coming off an upset of No. 6...

East Carolina hands NC State big loss

East Carolina hands NC State big loss

Any East Carolina victory against North Carolina State is titanic for the Pirates. They again proved themselves shipworthy with a 33-30 victory Saturday before a sellout crowd of 50,719 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.Of all the losses ACC member N.C. State has suffered to its neighbor...

Doeren understands playing with chip on shoulder

Doeren understands playing with chip on shoulder

Dave Doeren spent two successful seasons at Mid-American Conference member Northern Illinois in the shadow of the Big Ten. It’s easy for North Carolina State’s head coach to understand why East Carolina plays so well against ACC teams.“Anytime you have a situation where there are...

East Carolina and NC State transfer QBs meet

East Carolina and NC State transfer QBs meet

College football now exists in an era of free agency, especially for quarterbacks. QBs sign on with new schools — not for money, but in search of playing time.One theory so many head coaches waited until the last minute to name a starting quarterback for their openers – Alabama’s...

Montgomery values high school coaches

Montgomery values high school coaches

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina’s Scottie Montgomery estimates he interviewed Antonio King 15 times before the Pirates’ new head coach hired him as his running backs coach.The same applies to naming Sedrick Irvin as the Pirates’ Coordinator of Football Operations....

Summers a man for positions

Summers a man for positions

GREENVILLE, N.C. – A glaring sign that James Summers is no longer East Carolina’s quarterback was unavoidable at the Pirates’ recent media day.He sat alone at table in the Murphy Center. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U story

East Carolina expands borders west

East Carolina expands borders west

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina is broader than eastern North Carolina’s boundaries from I-95 to the Atlantic Ocean.That’s one realization new head coach Scottie Montgomery made after he spent the offseason traveling the state to meet fans. He’s completed preseason planning and...

Midsummer dreaming for football fans

Midsummer dreaming for football fans

CARY, N.C. — This time of year football coaches are limited to what they have on paper. Until fall camp opens, they have to stick to returning starters, award candidates and questions coming out of spring football.What they also don’t know, as North Carolina’s Larry Fedora...

Montgomery fitting in at East Carolina

Montgomery fitting in at East Carolina

CARY, N.C. – Scottie Montgomery took his seat on the dais as East Carolina’s new head coach with Duke’s David Cutcliffe, his former boss, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora, N.C. State’s Dave Doeren and N.C. Central’s Jerry Mack.Staring back at him was a crowd of 1,000 fans that...