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The real gauntlet begins for Pirates

With all due respect to North Carolina Central, the East Carolina football season commences this weekend in Columbia, South Carolina. ... More from Brian Bailey...


Audio: Brian Bailey Show
The Brian Bailey Show airs on Pirate Radio 1250 on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Brian's guests were ECU defensive coordinator Rick Smith (right) and Mike Steele: Replay show...
Audio: Coach Ruff Presser
ECU coach Ruffin McNeill spoke with the media at his weekly press conference on Monday (recorded by Brian Bailey; Bonesville file photo): Select clip...


Maness wins as Cards move into first ... Four Phillies combine for no-hitter ... Jeter honored with New Yorker cover ... Astros fire manager ... Parity takes a hit in NCAA football ... Baylor QB day to day ... Texas QB out with concussion, could retire ... Chris Kirk wins Deutsche Bank ... More from Al Myatt...



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AAC Scoreboard > ..... Thursday > ..... Tulsa 38, Tulane 31 ..... Temple 37, Vanderbilt 7 ..... ..... Friday > ..... BYU 35, UConn 10 ..... UTSA 27, Houston 7 ..... ..... Saturday > ..... Penn State 26, UCF 24 ..... USF 36, Western Carolina 31 ..... Memphis 63, Austin Peay 0 ..... ECU 52, N.C. Central 7 ..... ..... Sunday > ..... Baylor 45, SMU 0 ..... .....

Pirates check out personnel, systems

Al Myatt

GREENVILLE — College football doesn't have scrimmages like high schools or exhibitions as NFL teams do and financial circumstances haven't always allowed East Carolina a tune-up outing as the 2014 season opener with North Carolina Central provided at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday night. ... More from Al Myatt...

Devaris Brunson (34) and DaShawn Benton (6) have a little fun after East Carolina's season-opening win over N.C. Central Saturday night in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Photo by W.A. Myatt. ... View W.A. Myatt's complete gallery...

Audio: Coach Ruff Post-game...

East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill met with the press after the Pirates won their season opener Saturday night over N.C. Central (recorded by W.A. Myatt; file photo): Select clip...


Kevin's Keys to the Game

The first game of the year is all about fundamentals. No matter the season, the coach or the players, there are certain things that have to happen in order for a team to win. Strategy and schematics are important, but none of that matters without blocking, tackling and protecting the ball. ... More from Kevin Monroe...



Reformulated defense may surprise

We’ve all heard that offense sells tickets, so it shouldn’t come as a great surprise that earlier this week, East Carolina – which already ranks first in attendance among programs in non-“Power Five” conferences – announced that it has surpassed the 20,000 mark in season ticket sales again this year. ... More from Brett Friedlander...



Eye patch symbolizes blind spots

Al Myatt

Season openers have provided some special moments in the career of East Carolina football coach Ruffin McNeill. In his first start at strong safety for the Pirates at N.C. State in 1977, he made a touchdown-saving tackle in the final seconds of a 28-23 win. ... More from Al Myatt...



Fifteen Questions for Davon Grayson

Davon Grayson (6-2, 196) looks to rebound in the 2014 East Carolina football campaign from a knee injury that ended a promising true freshman season in which he had 18 catches for 176 yards and four touchdowns in six games. The sophomore outside wide receiver is from the talent-rich Tidewater Virginia area, by way of Kings Fork High School. ... More from W.A. Myatt...

Pictured: Devon Grayson is back in form after rehabbing from an injury last season that cut short a spectacular start in his freshman campaign. The Suffolk, VA, product is listed as East Carolina's starter at the "Z" position (outside receiver) for Saturday's opener with N.C. Central . (ECU Media Relations photo)



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