Scottie Montgomery

RSS for Scottie Montgomery
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...

Houston holds on to early commits and more

Houston holds on to early commits and more

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- A sense of normalcy appeared to return to the East Carolina football program as newly hired coach Mike Houston stepped to the podium on Wednesday at the Ward Sports Medicine Building.One reason was the recruiting class that looked...

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...

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...