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Answer at QB may be surprise

Ruffin McNeill may or may not have been a Boy Scout, but he is a firm believer in the organization’s motto of “Be Prepared.” It’s a philosophy that’s going to be severely tested ... More from Brett Friedlander...


Pirates must adjust at QB

Al MyattThe concept of developing depth and position competition at East Carolina may be facing its biggest test in the tenure of Ruffin McNeill as he enters his sixth season as football coach of the Pirates. ... More from Al Myatt...


Sarah Palin defends Curt Schilling ... Arbitrator rules against Bonds ... Mariners dismiss GM ... Florida left tackle to have surgery ... Illinois fires coach ... Baylor victim hires lawyers ... Lawrence Phillips faces charges in prison death ... Hornets heading overseas in preseason ... World's tallest man dwarfs NBA center ... Watson takes 1-shot lead at Barclays ... Trump denies he wants to buy 'Pope's team' ... More from Al Myatt...



What a difference a week makes

The offensive timing was back for East Carolina’s final scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday. That timing was a big part of five scores for the offense in the scrimmage. It was a far cry from a week before, when the Pirate defense dominated play. ... 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 Dave Nichol (right): Replay show...



Pirates generate alarming numbers

Al MyattFor a fan base that counts the hours to the start of the football season, there is a paucity of statistics this time of year. The only numbers generated since preseason camp started at East Carolina earlier this month were from a scrimmage Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. ... More from Al Myatt...



Questions surface about offense

The East Carolina offense hit the snooze button one time too many on Saturday morning. The Pirate defense dominated the first scrimmage of the 2015 fall campaign. ... 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 athletic director Jeff Compher: Replay show...



Pirates rigging for difficult seas

Al MyattThe 2015 East Carolina football schedule is quite a conversation piece. There's a rematch with Florida from the Birmingham Bowl in the Swamp on Sept. 12. The trip to Navy for the Midshipmen's first ever American Athletic Conference contest ensues Sept. 19. ... More from Al Myatt...



Pirates pad up and pop

East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill says camp is flying by. I’m not sure if the players agree, but the calendar continues to peel off the dates as we get closer to the season opener. ... More from Brian Bailey...

Audio: The Brian Bailey Show

The Brian Bailey Show airs on Pirate Radio 1250 on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Brian's guests this week were ECU assistant head football coach Donnie Kirkpatrick (left), ECU QB Kurt Benkert (right) and Eastern Carolina 4A/3A high school coaches: Replay show...



Pirates have questions to answer

GREENVILLE — The pertinent questions were asked at East Carolina's football media day on Saturday. The Pirate coaches essentially said we'll have to get back to you.

The quarterback situation in the absence of Shane Carden and the potential impact of Minnesota/Rutgers transfer Philip Nelson as well as the competition for placekicker are among the issues ECU is dealing with as the 2015 season approaches. Nelson walked on with the Pirates and his status for this season is to be determined. ... Story & pictures from Al Myatt...

Pictured: ECU Coach Ruffin McNeill expressed his excitement that the program is into preseason camp while addressing reporters on media day. (Photo by Al Myatt)



Links of Interest from ECU & Beyond

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"After a play in the field Casey would turn (to the players on the bench) and say 'What did he do wrong?' or 'You're better than that guy.' Either way, he'd keep them from getting stale." — Mickey Mantle, baseball player, on Casey Stengel, baseball manager [Archives]


ECU Pirates 2015 Football Schedule

Sept 5 6 pm Towson ESPN3
Sept 12 7 pm at Florida ESPN2
Sept 19 3:30 pm at Navy CBSSN
Sept 26 TBA Virginia Tech TBA
Oct 3 TBA at SMU TBA
Oct 10 TBA at BYU TBA
Oct 17 TBA Tulsa TBA
Oct 22 7 pm Temple ESPN2
Oct 30 7 pm at UConn ESPNU
Nov 19 7:30 pm at UCF ESPN
Nov 28 TBA Cincinnati TBA
Dec 5 12 pm Championship ABC/ESPN



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