Build the wall, or end Well Fare. Either one will work for me...

Hit the road: BYU's visit makes history

BYU Mississippi St Football-4

BYU's Zayne Anderson tries to tackle Mississippi State receiver Keith Mixon (23) last Saturday in Starkville, Miss., in a game that was 2,706 miles round-trip for BYU. Playing at ECU on Saturday is 3,772 miles round-trip.


The Daily Reflector

Friday, October 20, 2017

East Carolina football coach Scottie Montgomery and ECU athletics director Jeff Compher have both urged fans this week to show up in great force for Saturday’s homecoming game against BYU.

The atmosphere is likely to get a boost, compared to the past few games, with it being a 7 p.m. kickoff, and an added home field advantage should come naturally in the fact that BYU is located in Provo, Utah, and is set for a round-trip of almost 3,800 miles.

The one-way distance of 1,886 miles marks the longest trip by a visiting team to ever visit Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

“Definitely a home field advantage with our fans is one thing, but anytime you have to travel with a team and all the moving parts that go with that to come play a game, it makes it challenging,” Montgomery said when asked about the travel involved in the BYU-ECU matchup. “It would probably be even more challenging if it was a noon game. … If I were traveling out to Provo, then of course you would have concerns.”

This will be only the second time ECU has played BYU. The Pirates went there in 2015 — coach Ruffin McNeill’s final year — and lost 45-38 with an announced attendance of 60,186 at BYU’s LaVell Edwards Stadium.

What could hurt the Cougars in Saturday’s game of scuffling 1-6 teams is they played at Mississippi State last week, losing 35-10. That equals a two-week stretch of about 6,500 miles traveled.

BYU coach Kalani Sitake said Monday during his weekly news conference that his team typically leaves a day early when coming to the Eastern time zone, and that was the case again this week when it left Utah on Thursday. But the coach also didn’t want to overplay the travel factor.

“It is a Saturday night game, which will be fun and it won’t be as hot,” Sitake said. “I was very appreciative that we had great fans at the Mississippi State game that were there. It’s nice to see our fans at different places in the country, so we’re looking forward to that and having our guys regroup and going out a day early might be good for us.”

With six road games and a neutral-site contest, the Cougs are set for about 17,246 total miles away from home during the regular season.

The combined record of 2-12 by ECU and BYU has been in part because of difficult schedules thus far, which for BYU is less regulated because it is an independent and does not play conference games. The USA Today Sagarin rankings have the Pirates with the No. 28 toughest schedule in the country, and BYU at No. 16.

That combined with injuries have played into the teams’ struggles and depth concerns.

“I can’t really speak for if it’s similar or just alike (to ECU), but I will say that they have had a tough schedule,” Montgomery said. “Just look at it, and who plays LSU, Wisconsin, Mississippi State and Boise (State) and teams of those likes all in the first six weeks? That’s quite a schedule to have to play, especially when you are trying to get yourself going every week and all the injuries that go with playing physical teams like those teams.”

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


December 13, 2018

East Carolina’s women’s basketball team will be looking to continue an unbeaten run in Education Day games when it hosts Liberty today at 11:30 a.m. in Minges Coliseum.

The contest will bring thousands of school children into Minges for the annual late-morning tip-off. ECU is 5-0 all-…


December 12, 2018

Dave Hart wants unity and success for East Carolina athletics as much as anyone, which is part of the reason why he is continuing in his role as special athletics adviser for ECU for another year.

Hart has been in the role since March 15, helping with a critical transition as the Pirates parted…


December 11, 2018

East Carolina basketball forward Jayden Gardner completed the final academic exam of his freshman fall semester on Tuesday, and now he can turn most of his attention to basketball, but that means more practices than games for him and the Pirates.

ECU (6-4) is near the middle of its oddest…


December 11, 2018

Two East Carolina football recruits are experiencing the unique blend of high school football glory and college football recruiting to the fullest extent this week, including the multi-talented Traveon Freshwater from Elizabeth City.

Freshwater and his teammates at Northeastern High will play in…


December 09, 2018

Jon Gilbert’s experience in athletics ranges from being an administrator at big-time Southeastern Conference schools Alabama and Tennessee to holding his first athletics director position last year at Southern Miss, a school that in many ways is similar to East Carolina and used to be a rival…


December 07, 2018

Pitt County East Carolina football recruits Jeremy Lewis of South Central and CJ Johnson of D.H. Conley doubled down on their commitments following the arrival of new head coach Mike Houston this week.

Attempts to reach Farmville Central’s Keziah Everett for comment were unsuccessful.



December 07, 2018

First-year East Carolina head football coach Mike Houston announced the addition of 10 members to his initial Pirates’ staff on Friday.

All have assumed their duties immediately.

Among the additions are eight coaches who were on Houston's staff at James Madison, five on the offensive side of…


December 07, 2018

The difference in total yards — 614 to 362 in favor of James Madison — tells a lot of the story of JMU’s 34-14 win over East Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to begin the 2017 season for both teams.

Coach Mike Houston, who posted a 37-6 record at JMU in three seasons before…


December 06, 2018

East Carolina University has designated $20 million in university money to settle a deficit in its athletics budget and to make significant capital improvements to athletics facilities, officials said Wednesday.

The funds are available immediately, with one $10 million transfer intended to nullify…


December 06, 2018

Coach Mike Houston didn’t leave James Madison for East Carolina because of Holton Ahlers, but he is aware of the Pirates’ talented quarterback.

Ahlers, a left-hander standing 6-foot-3 and 236 pounds, was one of the top freshman QBs in the country this year even during a third straight 3-…

311 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 32
        Next Page»   Last Page»