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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...


Female Little Leaguer boosts ratings ... Pete Rose wants second chance ... Washington Nationals' 10-game run making history ... Price loses one-hitter to former club ... Steelers running back duo busted ... Under Armour offers Kevin Durant rich deal... Dwyane Wade facing foreclosure ... Rory suffers woeful start at Barclays ... NCAA planning appeal on O'Bannon ruling ... Carden among players to watch... RB Davis questionable for Gamecocks ... Tim Howard taking break ... 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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Carden & Co. clicking... or not so much?

The East Carolina offense looks like it’s in mid-season form, or maybe better. Scrimmages always provide a catch-22 though. Perhaps the Pirate defense has some catching up to do. ... 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 East Carolina strength and conditioning sage Jeff Connors (right): Replay show...



Pirates finally perform on bigger stage

There’s no telling what Steve Spurrier actually meant by the comment. The Ol’ Ball Coach is, after all, a master of both the verbal head game and the not-so-subtle dig. ... More from Brett Friedlander...


Transfer from Tide punting for Pirates

Al Myatt

Worth Gregory spent a year in the storied football program at Alabama before bringing his punting ability to East Carolina. When Trent Tignor completed his eligibility in 2013 with a 42.8-yard average for two seasons, Gregory gave the Pirates someone ready to continue providing an edge ... More from Al Myatt...


Audio: Coach Ruff post-practice...

East Carolina football coach Ruffin McNeill spoke briefly with the press after Thursday's practice session. (Recorded by Brian Bailey; archive photo by W.A. Myatt.) ... Select audio clip...


Fifteen Questions for Devaris Brunson

Devaris Brunson (6-1,230) heads into his sophomore year with the Pirates after a true freshman campaign in which he helped the team in several different roles. The South Carolina native played all four years of high school football on the varsity level for Lake City High School. He was rated a four-star prospect by ... More from W.A. Myatt...

Pictured: Devaris Brunson basked in the glow of victory after East Carolina's win over Ohio in last December's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in Tampa, FL. The blue chip recruit experienced action on offense, defense and special teams in 11 contests as a true freshman. (W.A. Myatt file photo)



Time to transition from Cozumel to kickoff

It is indeed time to crank it up again. The greatest of all of the seasons is just about upon us. Football season is the greatest season hands down. ... More from Brian Bailey...



Mom knew best for Strozier

Justin Strozier grew up around a father with experience as a college football player. But it was actually a mother's influence that started Strozier on the road to gridiron success in spite of his own protests. ... More from Sammy Batten...

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New first teamers in secondary

East Carolina has more starting experience in the secondary on its coaching staff than on the 2014 roster. Coach Ruffin McNeill was a multi-year starter in the defensive backfield for the Pirates before graduating in 1980 and new defensive staff assistant Kyle Chase was a starter at strong safety as well during his career from 2003 to 2006. ... Story & pictures...

Pictured: Wide receiver Justin Hardy, an All-America candidate, refines his pass-catching skills after practice on Tuesday by catching tennis balls launched from a machine. The Pirates worked out as a team before ECU's annual media day activities. (Photo by W.A. Myatt.)


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