EAST CAROLINA RUMORS

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...
Via Campus Sports Net
2 days ago  |  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...
Via Associated Press
February 07, 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...
Via Associated Press
January 02, 2016  |  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...
Via Fox Sports
December 12, 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...
Via Gamedayr
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

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

Photo: East Carolina unveils new black uniforms

One of the most popular uniform trends in all of sports is adding an all-black alternate to your team’s variety of look. The latest team to unveil their blacked out scheme is the East Carolina Pirates. East Carolina has previously worn all-blacks, but they were still eager to unveil the new look from Nike on social media. We'd like to introduce @ECUAthletics @ECUPiratesFB fans...
Via Campus Sports Net
July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Memories of Dean Smith:East Carolina Coach Jeff Lebo

Jeff Lebo and Dean Smith/couriertribune.comby Josh Adams @NCAAHoopsDigest As a young kid in the 1980's growing up in Central Pennsylvania, high school basketball was the most exciting thing in my life. I would stay up until 11:15 on Friday's waiting for the WGAl-8 highlights of all the games around the region. The team that usually lead off the highlights was Carlisle High School...
Via College Hoops Digest
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: UCF beats ECU with game-ending Hail Mary

UCF beat East Carolina on Thursday night 32-30 on a Hail Mary that is certain to be one of the wildest finishes of the college football season. East Carolina was up 30-26 and was facing a 4th-and-19 with 16 seconds left. Instead of a punt or run, Shane Carden took a sack. That gave the Knights the ball and one last chance to win the game. And they did as Breshad Perriman hauled...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

East Carolina WR Hardy breaks FBS career receptions record

After a late-season downswing, the East Carolina Pirates' dreams of breaking into a major FBS bowl fell off a couple weeks ago. The school's 2014 season will still go down in history, however, if only for wide receiver Justin Hardy's career production. The senior from Vanceboro, N.C., has been a model of consistency for the high-powered East Carolina offense over the past three-plus...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

5 Bold Predictions for East Carolina’s Game vs. Tulane

The 2014 campaign hasn’t been going according to plan for the East Carolina Pirates. Back-to-back losses have set back the dream season, but there couldn’t be a better recipe for success this weekend than to face Tulane. Tulane’s season hasn’t panned out the way it would have wanted either. As the losses mount up for the […] The post 5 Bold Predictions for East Carolina’s...
Via AAC Football Fever
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

With Second AAC Loss, Where Does East Carolina Go from Here?

The East Carolina Pirates‘ early season form had many pegging them for an American Athletic Conference championship and an invitation to an Access Bowl this year. But after consecutive losses to Temple and Cincinnati, the questions are being asked about what went wrong, and where the team goes now. I’ll tell you where: The Pirates will […] The post With Second AAC Loss, Where...
Via AAC Football Fever
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

ECU Pirates Have Argument for Nation’s Best Offense

There’s the old cliche in football that defenses win championships. East Carolina does have a great defense, but has an even better offense that runs at a high level and leads the Pirates to many victories. So far this season, the lone loss has come when the offense hasn’t played well. Photo used courtesy of kansascity.com. If you haven’t followed ECU this season, shame on...
Via AAC Football Fever
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dynamic Dozen Heisman Contenders Week Four: Carden in the race

East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden is back in the Dozen after being just outside it in week three's ranking and he was previously named to the Preseason Dynamic Dozen Heisman Trophy Contenders. Carden definitely earned a spot this week with the underdog victory at Virginia Tech and a game-winning rushing touchdown along with four total touchdowns. Oregon quarterback Marcus...
Via College Football Universe
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

CFU Top 128 College Football Ranking Week Four: ECU leaps into top 25

East Carolina leaps into top 25 CFU Top 128 Week Four1. Florida State (1)2. Auburn (2)3. Oklahoma (3)4. Oregon (4)5. Alabama (5)6. Ole Miss (6)7. LSU (7)8. Texas A&M (8)9. Baylor (10)10. Missouri (11)11. Notre Dame (12)12. BYU (13)13. South Carolina (24)14. Michigan State (14)15. Duke (17)16. Georgia (9)17. UCLA (15)18. Arizona State (19)19. Mississippi State (21)20. Nebraska...
Via College Football Universe
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

East Carolina demonstrates how NOT to down a punt (GIF)

The East Carolina Pirates were able to pull off an upset victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday, but their punt team skills need a little work. This failure of ECU to down a punt on the 1-yard line despite having five players in position to do so is awfully painful to watch.GIF via SBNation. H/T NIS. This post appeared first on Holdout Sports. Check us out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
Via Holdout Sports
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

East Carolina Fails Miserably On Punt Return Against Virginia Tech (GIF)

The East Carolina Pirates are probably going to work on downing punts this week during practice. After Virginia Tech’s punter drilled a beautiful punt Saturday, which bounced near the goal line and could’ve been downed inside the five yard line, five Pirates tried to field the ball, but none of them were able to execute the routine operation. First, two players went for a jump...
Via NESN.com
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: East Carolina laughably fails to down punt

Shane Carden and the ECU Pirates went into Blacksburg and took care of business against Virginia Tech, beating the Hokies 28-21 after a last-minute touchdown drive that took the lead with just :16 remaining in the game. It was a colossal win for ECU, which came off a hard-fought loss to South Carolina in Columbia the week prior, and is now seemingly in great position to contend...
Via AAC Football Fever
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

East Carolina Pirates season preview

East Carolina looks to be a program on the rise at just the right time as the Pirates make the move to the American Athletic Conference this season. ECU had a record breaking 2013 year with their first bowl victory since 2007 and first 10-win season since 1991 while also scoring the most points for a season in school history. The ECU offense brings in the dynamic duo of quarterback...
Via College Football Universe
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Preseason American Athletic All-Conference Team: Houston stacks team, ECU brings talent

The 2014 Preseason American Athletic All-Conference Team by College Football Universe is listed below. Houston has the highest number of first team players selected with six. The rest of the first team is assorted as follows: Cincinnati (two), Connecticut (two), East Carolina (three), Memphis (three), SMU (one), South Florida (one), Temple (one), Tulane (three), and UCF ...
Via College Football Universe
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Richmond leads East Carolina over Rice 67-55

Akeem Richmond scored 23 points as East Carolina won back-to-back games for the first time since December with a 67-55 victory over Rice on Saturday. East Carolina used a 15-0 run to build a 24-3 lead with 8:43 remaining in the first half. Richmond scored 14 points during the span. Rice eventually pulled with two points, 46-44 with 9:46 to play. East Carolina answered with an 11...
Via Associated Press
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

ECU kicker nails 50-yard field goal blindfolded

It's the offseason and still a few more weeks before spring practices kick off across college football. In the meantime, East Carolina kicker Davis Plowman and a few of his Pirates teammates are having a little fun. With his shirt over his head and the ball spinning freely after the snap, Plowman nails a 50-yard field goal. Plowman only had one field goal attempt last season, but...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2 ECU players involved in single-car accident

East Carolina says defensive end Terrell Stanley is in critical condition after he and a teammate were involved in a single-car accident in Greenville. The school said Wednesday that Stanley was being treated at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville after the accident Wednesday morning. Offensive tackle Isaac Harris was a passenger in a car driven by Stanley to school from their...
Via Associated Press
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

East Carolina runs away from NC A&T, 84-71

Akeem Richmond and Paris Roberts-Campbell each scored 21 points to power East Carolina to an 84-71 win over North Carolina A&T Saturday night. The Pirates (9-2), coming off a week-long break for final exams, built a 17-point lead in the first half behind Richmond's 15-point effort. Roberts-Campbell had 15 of his points in the second half to help seal the win. Caleb White...
Via Associated Press
December 14, 2013  |  Discuss
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