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Cincinnati wearing target

NEWPORT, RI — The media voted Cincinnati as the preseason favorite in the American Athletic Conference race for 2014. They used to say that designation and 50 cents would get you a cup of coffee.

It takes more coin than that to java up these days, but the value of being picked as the team to beat remains doubtful. ... More from Al Myatt...
Pictured: Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberbille addresses the press at the American Athletic Conference Media Day in Newport, Rhode Island. Tuberville's Bearcats were picked as favorites to win the league championship in 2014. (Photo by W.A. Myatt. ©

Stars of Media Day take center stage

Coaches and players say their piece at football kickoff event

East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill dropped by the ESPN3 set on Tuesday for a chat with John Rooke (left) and Anthony Becht (middle) at the American Athletic Conference football kickoff event in Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by W.A. Myatt. © All rights reserved.)

Audio clips from the AAC kickoff

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American kicks off Media Day in Newport

NEWPORT, RI — There's an exit to Jamestown, MA as you come back across the bridge to Newport, RI, where the American Athletic Conference kicked off its Media Day on Monday with a round of golf at Newport National and a clambake at the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island. ... More from Al Myatt...

Pictured: Chefs remove seafood from the fire pit on the first day of the American Athletic Conference Media Days in Newport, Rhode Island . (Photo by W.A. Myatt. ©

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Verbal: CB Nhyre Quinerly ...

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ECU eyes pass blocking role for S.C. star

As a taller kid growing up in North Augusta, SC, Victor Johnson naturally gravitated toward basketball. But Johnson's involvement in that sport eventually led him to the football field where the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder has developed into major-college caliber player in a short time. ... More from Sammy Batten...

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Verbal: WR Justin Strozier ...

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Godwin arrives where he began

Cliff Godwin came back home Thursday, taking over the head baseball coaching position at his alma mater, East Carolina. For Godwin, it was the end of a circular route than began in 1997 when he was recruited out of nearby Greene Central High School. ... More from Woody Peele...



Commissioner touts the future

American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco met with the press on Tuesday at East Carolina's Harvey Hall to hail the Pirates' pending July 1st entry into the league. After his introduction by ECU athletic director Jeff Compher, the former CBS Sports and ESPN executive highlighted the AAC's aggressive goals and flaunted the league's contractual arrangement for high-profile TV exposure on ESPN, ABC and CBS Sports. During his remarks, Aresco said of the Pirates, "The country is going to discover ECU in a way that it hasn’t.” (Aresco photo by W.A. Myatt; audio courtesy of Pirate Radio 1250 via Brian Bailey) ... Select audio clip (43 minutes, 15 seconds)...


Verbal Commits: OL Darius Anderson, OL Victor Johnson ...

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McCants could open door for Lebo

Al MyattAllegations from former North Carolina basketball player Rashad McCants could have significant implications for East Carolina. McCants has said he received improper academic assistance while helping the Tar Heels to an NCAA championship in 2005. ... More from Al Myatt...


Taz Richardson: The man with the hands

Often during the recruitment of one player, college football coaches discover another prospect who they wind up pursuing as well. Such was the case for East Carolina last fall as it went about the process of recruiting and signing Mauldin (SC) High School quarterback Dre Massey. ... More from Sammy Batten...

Thumbnail sketches: ECU's recruiting class of 2015...



Linebacker Thomas primed for impact

Danny Thomas could be considered a football nomad because he'll have played for three different schools before graduating from high school. But while Thomas's location has changed frequently, his production on the field has been steadily spectacular. ... More from Sammy Batten...

Thumbnail sketches: ECU's recruiting class of 2015...



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