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Montgomery looks and sounds undaunted

Montgomery looks and sounds undaunted

CARY, N.C. -- Scottie Montgomery returned to the annual Pigskin Preview where he first arrived two years ago as East Carolina’s rookie head coach. He oozed confidence and optimism in 2016. He was nattily dressed in a grey suit with a purple tie. He stood ramrod straight. He...

Dooley coaches on their sport and profession

Dooley coaches on their sport and profession

CARY, N.C. -- David Cutcliffe called for a show of hands.The Duke football coach was the veteran attending the 16th annual Pigskin Preview presented by the Bill Dooley Chapter of the National Football Foundation on Monday at the Embassy Suites Hotel. While seated at the dais...

Thomas Sirk doubles up on pro day chances

Thomas Sirk doubles up on pro day chances

DURHAM, N.C. -- Thomas Sirk is sending a message for NFL scouts: Good things come in pairs. Sirk played quarterback at two colleges, Duke and East Carolina. He earned two degrees, a bachelor’s in political science and masters in liberal arts. Now he’s trying to show NFL scouts...

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