Kiel returns to lead Cincinnati past East Carolina, 31-19

CINCINNATI (AP) Gunner Kiel made his first start of the season and led Cincinnati to its first American Athletic Conference win, 31-19 over East Carolina on Saturday night. Kiel completed 23 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns. He was third on the depth chart at the start of the season behind Hayden Moore and Ross Trail. Cincinnati (4-3, 1-3) came up with two key defensive...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

East Carolina @ Cincinnati: Q&A with DownTheDrive.com’s Phil Neuffer

A closer look at this weekend’s match-up between the Pirates and Bearcats from a UC perspective Following open dates, the Pirates and Bearcats should be primed and ready to go in a game that both teams really need to win in order to change the direction of their season. Cincinnati was picked third in the East in the preseason and received six first-place votes, but is now 3-3 overall...
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9 days ago

East Carolina @ USF: Q&A with TheDailyStampede.com’s Collin Sherwin

The Pirates seek to snap three-game skid as they head to Tampa Following three straight losses, East Carolina heads to USF seeking to snap its current skid with the first road victory of the Scottie Montgomery Era. The Pirates are nearly a three touchdown underdog against the talented Bulls and may be going into the game without multiple starters. Today, we're joined by Collin...
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21 days ago

Virginia forces 6 turnovers in 34-20 win over Duke

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Kurt Benkert threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns, and Virginia forced six turnovers in beating Duke 34-20 on Saturday. The East Carolina transfer was 23 of 41 with touchdowns covering 28 yards to David Eldridge, 12 yards to Olamide Zaccheaus and 3 yards to Richard Burney. Albert Reid also had a short TD run to help the Cavaliers (2-3, 1-0 Atlantic Coast...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

UCF Knights vs East Carolina Pirates: Preview, Game Time, TV, Betting Line

Will it be another close one between the Pirates and the Knights in Greenville? Start Time: 12 P.M. EST, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Location: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina. The home of the best mid-field logo in college sports. TV/Streaming: CBS Sports Network; CBSSports.com/live Radio: 96.9 FM/740 AM (Orlando) or a whole bunch of choices in North Carolina...
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27 days ago

East Carolina Pirates defeat NC State, prove they are expansion worthy

When the Big 12 recently trimmed its list of expansion candidates, East Carolina Pirates didn’t make the cut. Based on the Pirates’ play this afternoon, the league might eventually regret that decision. Powered by a high-octane offense, East Carolina defeated NC State 33-30 to move to 2-0. Make no mistake about it: the Pirate offense played a fantastic game. Quarterback Phillip...
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September 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Transfer Benkert wins battle to be Virginia's starting QB

Transfer Kurt Benkert has won the battle to be Virginia's starting quarterback. First-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall made the announcement Wednesday. He says he's been impressed with how Benkert has moved the team in practice and the consistency he has shown in his decision making. A transfer from East Carolina, Benkert beat out incumbent Matt Johns and Connor Brewer, both...
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August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

East Carolina wants chance to join Big 12

Of all the AAC teams that have a chance to leave the conference and join the Big 12, the East Carolina Pirates have not been reported as one of the them. However, that doesn’t mean they want the opportunity to state their case. The team began a social media campaign to state their case for making it into the Big 12 last week and they hope it helps their chances of getting in. Associate...
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July 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Auburn DB Tim Irvin transferring to East Carolina

After a freshman year during which he recorded 18 tackles, defensive back Tim Irvin announced that he would transfer from Auburn. The nephew of NFL great Michael Irvin had been connected to Miami and Texas, but will continue his football career at East Carolina. He made the announcement via Twitter Tuesday evening. I am very excited to announce that I will be playing for East...
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July 19, 2016  |  Discuss

NCAA baseball tournament 2016: East Carolina advances to Super Regional

The 2016 NCAA baseball tournament is well under way and we have already seen a good share of upsets throughout the Regional Round. One of the biggest so far is the East Carolina Pirates as they have gone undefeated through the Charlottesville Regional to clinch the second Super Regional berth this year. EAST CAROLINA IS ON TO SUPER REGIONALS! The Pirates claim the Charlottesville...
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June 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Former ECU QB Kurt Benkert transfers to Virginia

The Virginia Cavaliers still have a pretty glaring problem at the quarterback position going into the 2016 season, but it looks like they will get a tremendous boost soon. Former East Carolina quarterback Kurt Benkert announced he would be transferring to Virginia to continue his collegiate career. Benkert was slated to be the Pirates’ starter in 2015 before tearing his ACL and...
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May 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Miller, Purvis lead UConn to 85-67 win over East Carolina

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Shonn Miller and Rodney Purvis led five UConn players in double figures with 16 points each and the Huskies beat East Carolina 85-67 on Sunday to pick up their third consecutive win and sixth in their last seven games. Daniel Hamilton filled up the scoresheet again, scoring 12 points and grabbing 16 rebounds and dishing out five assists. Jalen Adams added 14...
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February 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Barkley propels East Carolina past Temple 64-61

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) Kentrell Barkley scored 13 points, collected 10 rebounds and his 3-point play with one second left lifted East Carolina to a 64-61 win over Temple Wednesday night. Barkley gathered an offensive rebound off Prince Williams' miss with five seconds left before burying the game winner. Williams - who finished with 18 points - scored seven straight points for...
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January 27, 2016  |  Discuss

UCF holds off East Carolina 71-68

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) A.J. Davis scored 23 points and UCF held off a late rally by East Carolina to win 71-68 Saturday in an American Athletic Conference opener. Tanksley Efianayi scored 12 points, including three key free throws down the stretch. Daiquan Walker added 11 points and Adonys Henriquez 10 for UCF (7-5). Trailing by three at halftime, the Pirates took a 30-28 lead...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

East Carolina picks Duke OC Montgomery as head coach

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) East Carolina hired Duke offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery as its head coach, athletic director Jeff Compher announced Sunday night. Montgomery will be formally introduced Monday and will start his new job Jan. 1. Contract details were not immediately available. In searching for a replacement for the fired Ruffin McNeill, Compher said he wanted '...
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December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Virginia adds former East Carolina coach McNeill to staff

October 19, 2013; Greenville, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates head coach Ruffin McNeill looks on against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. East Carolina Pirates defeated Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 55-14. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports James Guillory USA TODAY SportsJust a week after being fired as coach at East Carolina, Ruffin...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

ECU fans start a petition to bring back coach and fire AD

Last Friday, East Carolina athletic director Jeff Compher fired sixth-year head coach Ruffin McNeill, a former Pirates defensive back from 1976-79, after his team finished 5-7 (3-5) to finish in fifth place in the American Athletic Conference. It was a move that did not sit well with the fan base, who have since started a petition on Change.org titled: East Carolina University: Save...
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December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

East Carolina defeats SC Upstate 82-71, is unbeaten at home

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) B.J Tyson scored a career-high 26 points and East Carolina defeated South Carolina Upstate 82-71 Friday night to go 4-0 at home. East Carolina (5-3) dominated, outscoring Upstate 48-18 in the paint and 17-4 on second-chance points despite only grabbing two more rebounds (33-31) than the Spartans (1-9). Kentrell Barkley scored 18 for the Pirates and Caleb...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

ECU Abruptly Fires Ruffin McNeill After Six Seasons, 42-34 Record

Between all of the jobs opened due to firings and retirements as well as the opening created by candidates taking them, we thought we had a final count on the number of FBS head coaching jobs by now. Turns out, East Carolina University had other ideas. ECU announced Friday that head coach Ruffin McNeill has been fired after a 5-7 season, the school’s first losing record since...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

East Carolina fires Ruffin McNeil as head football coach

The shelf life of a college football coach is as short as one year, one month and even one game. No one may know that better now than Ruffin McNeil, who was fired as the head coach of the East Carolina Pirates after six seasons with the school. After a 5-7 finish to the regular season (just McNeil’s second losing record in the regular season during the tenure), the school is parting...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

East Carolina fires Ruffin McNeill after 5-7 season

The East Carolina Pirates had a pretty up-and-down season this year. The team looked to be on top of the world coming into the season until they lost their starting quarterback Kurt Benkert before the year even began. The team seemed to push through adversity nearly upsetting Florida, who is now playing for an SEC championship this weekend, and beating Virginia Tech. Despite that...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

5-7 ECU to decline bowl invitation

There are a number of 5-7 teams that are awaiting to see if they will be invited a bowl game in the next few days. On Monday, Missouri announced that they would decline a bowl invitation if given one, while Illinois and Nebraska both agreed to accept one. According to College Football Talk, there is another team that will be joining Missouri this bowl season. The East Carolina Pirates...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Tyson helps East Carolina handle Stetson 93-73

LAS VEGAS (AP) B.J. Tyson scored 22 points and East Carolina handled Stetson 93-73 in the Las Vegas Invitational tournament on Friday. Tyson was 7 of 10 from the floor and made three 3-pointers as East Carolina (3-3) shot 54 percent overall and 10 of 21 from beyond the arc. Caleb White and Kentrell Barkley added 14 points apiece, while Barkley pulled down eight rebounds. Stetson...
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November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

UCF scores on first possession but does nothing else in blowout loss to ECU

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- East Carolina quarterback Blake Kemp threw for 448 yards and four touchdowns, both career-highs, as the Pirates routed the Central Florida 44-7 on Thursday night.Junior wide receiver Isaiah Jones caught 13 passes from Kemp for a career-best 164 yards and two touchdowns as the Pirates (5-6, 3-4 American) snapped a 3-game losing streak. Chris Hairston picked up...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Fred Taylor: Why he chose Florida over Florida State

This past Saturday, Florida junior running back Kelvin Taylor was berated by head coach Jim McElwain after a costly unsportsmanlike penalty during the team’s game against East Carolina. Naturally, fans were wondering how Taylor’s father, former NFL star running back Fred Taylor, was reacting to the news. Well, Taylor joined Dan LeBatard on his radio show Monday morning to...
Via College Spun
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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