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Recruiting report card: Offense

January push pays talent dividends

Less than a month remained before college football's national signing day by the time new East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery finalized his staff in early January. ... More from Sammy Batten...

Thumbnail sketches: ECU's football recruiting class of 2016...


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Pirates worked fast on recruiting class

GREENVILLE — Certain elements of a real pirate's lifestyle such as attacking, plundering and escaping probably had to be done with a relatively high degree of speed. Time was of the essence as Scottie Montgomery assembled his staff and put together his first recruiting class as East Carolina football coach. ... More from Al Myatt...

Pictured: ECU football coach Scottie Montgomery discussed his first crop of recruits at Wednesday's signing day press conference. (W.A. Myatt photo) | Replay audio...

Thumbnail sketches: ECU's recruiting class of 2016...

Audio: Signing Day Presser

ECU football coach Scottie Montgomery met with the press on Wednesday to talk about the Pirates' recruiting class of 2016 (recorded by Al Myatt): Select clip...


Weber shores up thin tight end ranks

New East Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams returned to familiar territory to land one of his first recruits for the Pirates. Adams spent the last three seasons in Columbia, South Carolina, where he was defensive line coach for Hall of Fame coach Steve Spurrier at the University of South Carolina. ... More from Sammy Batten...

Thumbnails: ECU's recruiting class of 2016...



Purvis finally got the offer he wanted

Raequan Purvis took a gamble that paid off with an opportunity he'd dreamed about. A defensive end/linebacker from tiny Plymouth, a town of about 4,000 residents in Northeastern North Carolina, Purvis had wanted to play for East Carolina since making the high school varsity as a freshman. ... More from Sammy Batten...

Thumbnails: ECU's recruiting class of 2016...



Pirates' confidence intact after loss

East Carolina's double-overtime loss to Houston on Saturday looked just like an old-fashioned, western shootout. The Pirates were riding a two-game winning streak when the Cougars came to town. ... More from Brian Bailey...

Audio: The Brian Bailey Show

The Brian Bailey Show airs on Pirate Radio 1250 on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Brian's guest this week was football recruiting analyst Sammy Batten: Replay show...



Houston finds help in double-OT

GREENVILLE — After Houston's Rob Gray Jr. scored 31 points before leaving Saturday's American Athletic Conference game at East Carolina with a left ankle injury, the Cougars got 11 points in two overtimes from Wes VanBeck in a 97-93 win. ... Story & pictures...

Pictured: Houston's Rob Gray Jr. is surrounded by Pirates. Gray had a game-high 31 points before going out of the game with an ankle injury. The Cougars didn't miss a beat in his absence as backup Wes VanBeck was the difference-maker in the two overtimes. (Photo by Al Myatt.)

Post-game audio: Jeff Lebo, Kelvin Sampson & players...

Next: ECU at UConn | Sunday, Feb. 7 | 12 pm | CBSSN



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