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Reformulated defense may surprise

We’ve all heard that offense sells tickets, so it shouldn’t come as a great surprise that earlier this week, East Carolina – which already ranks first in attendance among programs in non-“Power Five” conferences – announced that it has surpassed the 20,000 mark in season ticket sales again this year. ... More from Brett Friedlander...


Post-Manziel era eclipses post-Clowney era ... Temple throttles Vandy in opener ... More trouble for Trojans ... Josh Shaw may be able to come back ... How Shaw fooled USC ... Beamer gets contract extension ... Four Tar Heel players suspended ... NFL game capsules ... Peyton fined for taunting ... Bortles punctuates preseason with exclamation point ... Manziel unveils new persona in Snickers commercial ... NFL gets tougher on domestic violence ... Avila lifts Tigers ... Stewart returning to racing ... More from Al Myatt...



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Eye patch symbolizes blind spots

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Season openers have provided some special moments in the career of East Carolina football coach Ruffin McNeill. In his first start at strong safety for the Pirates at N.C. State in 1977, he made a touchdown-saving tackle in the final seconds of a 28-23 win. ... More from Al Myatt...



Fifteen Questions for Davon Grayson

Davon Grayson (6-2, 196) looks to rebound in the 2014 East Carolina football campaign from a knee injury that ended a promising true freshman season in which he had 18 catches for 176 yards and four touchdowns in six games. The sophomore outside wide receiver is from the talent-rich Tidewater Virginia area, by way of Kings Fork High School. ... More from W.A. Myatt...

Pictured: Devon Grayson is back in form after rehabbing from an injury last season that cut short a spectacular start in his freshman campaign. The Suffolk, VA, product is listed as East Carolina's starter at the "Z" position (outside receiver) for Saturday's opener with N.C. Central . (ECU Media Relations photo)



'Intensity' changes for Ruff & Co.

The summer seems to drag each year, unless you’re at the beach enjoying the fun in the sun. The East Carolina Pirates' version of that fun in the sun comes in August, in preparing for the upcoming college football season. ... 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 ECU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley (right): Replay show...


Audio: Coach Ruff Weekly Presser...

East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill addressed the media on Monday at his inaugural weekly press conference of the 2014 season (courtesy of Pirate Radio 1250): Select clip...


Offensive encore ready to roll

About a year ago, East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley – in our annual pow-wow that would be better titled, "Please coach, open up and tell me what you really got there" – told me several things that played out almost prophetically.

In no uncertain terms, the rising star OC declared – in his manner – that wide receiver Justin Hardy and quarterback Shane Carden would re-write the record books at ECU. Check. ... More from Ron Cherubini...

Photo: Fifth-year East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, pictured along the sideline at Southern Miss in 2012, spoke recently with Bonesville's Ron Cherubini about the talent on his unit heading into the 2014 season. (Bonesville archive photo by Al Myatt)



Captain Carden is leaving his mark

Al Myatt

Shane Carden provides quite a few advantages for East Carolina. A fifth-year senior, Carden has an intricate understanding of the Pirates offense. If Lincoln Riley, ECU offensive coordinator, doesn't feel comfortable dialing up any call in the playbook, he never will. ... More from Al Myatt...



Pirates relish being underestimated

Preseason coaches’ polls are a rite of late summer for fall sports, but that doesn’t mean coaches, players or fans have to put much stock in them. If anything, East Carolina soccer coach Rob Donnenwirth looks at his team’s name, sitting at No. 8 out of 10 teams in their new American Athletic Conference, and he is delighted. ... More from Bethany Bradsher...



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