Loading...
Our family member was at VMC for cirrhosis at 67. They decided to just give up and send him home with...

Cutcliffe offers support for Montgomery

IMG_1556 (1).jpg
1 of 2

Duke football coach David Cutcliffe, right, talks with East Carolina's Scottie Montgomery before they are introduced Monday in Cary at the Bill Dooley Pigskin Preview.

IMG_1545 (1).jpg
Loading…

By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

CARY — Duke football coach David Cutcliffe was asked Monday during the Bill Dooley Pigskin Preview about nightmares he has in his profession.

He joked that one involves facing a North Carolina offense and N.C. State defense during the same game. He was sitting next to East Carolina third-year coach Scottie Montgomery while telling the story to the crowd.

“Scottie, thank goodness we are so close,” Cutcliffe said as he looked over to Montgomery and they shared a laugh.

Cutcliffe was serious about their relationship when he was asked later about the ECU coach’s struggles so far with the Pirates. Montgomery has a 6-18 record in two seasons at ECU.

“It’s so gut-wrenching and we all live it, because that is what people look at most,” Cutcliffe said of a coach’s win-loss record.

They are good friends because Montgomery, a Duke player during the 1990s, served as a Blue Devils offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and receivers coach under Cutcliffe.

He was hired away by ECU in December of 2015 and after consecutive losing seasons has been a popular name in coaching hot seat articles this offseason. But Montgomery and his staff also have hit a surge this summer in recruiting to help ease the minds of some fans.

“What you can’t do and what I keep encouraging Scottie is you never lose by strengthening your program,” said Cutcliffe, who was a 2013 national coach of the year and spent most of his career as an offensive assistant at Tennessee. “Whether it’s the discipline of your program or the growth of your program or recruiting, and I don’t know of anybody more committed to those things than Scottie Montgomery. It’s a difficult era for people to be patient, but I know what he is doing with his program and that is extremely important.”

Cutcliffe and the other Atlantic Coast Conference coaches will begin ACC media days in Charlotte today. Montgomery will be in Rhode Island next week for the American Athletic Conference preseason media event.

Montgomery made a splash early in 2016 with an upset of N.C. State in Greenville to highlight a 2-0 start to his head coaching career. The Pirates struggled late in that campaign during American play, and last year was defined by lopsided defeats, concluding with a 70-13 rout at Memphis for a second straight 3-9 record.

It was after the Memphis game when Montgomery guaranteed that East Carolina will make the postseason this year.

The guarantee could add to the pressure on Montgomery this season. He was asked Monday about what the Pirates are facing this year and he didn’t back down from the expectations.

“I’ve been feeling pressure since I was probably 9 or 10 years old and stepped on to the football field or a basketball court,” Montgomery said. “I love the way it feels to be able to go out and perform every single day. As far as pressure, some people say you apply it and we are going to apply a lot of pressure to our guys and our program this year to make sure that we grow to where we need to be at the end of the year.”

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

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

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

ECU

August 17, 2018

Marcus Holton can look around during East Carolina football practices and quickly feel surrounded by youth.

In front of him is the sophomore linebacking duo of Bruce Bivens and Aaron Ramseur ready to pounce. Beside Holton, a senior and the Pirates’ projected starting strong safety, will…

081618ECUFootball-7.jpg

August 15, 2018

As much pressure as there is on the East Carolina running backs to make big plays when they are in space, there is possibly even more pressure on the Pirates’ offensive line to create adequate space for the backs to roam.

Linemen and running backs working cohesively is paramount for a…

081618ECUFootball-8.jpg

August 15, 2018

Check out some video clips from the start of East Carolina football practice Wednesday morning, featuring heavy special teams work and some other position-specific drills.

Some fumble drill action this morning at #ECU practice. Defense also was doing similar drills ... pic.twitter.…

080818ECUfootball-12.jpg

August 14, 2018

A theme from Saturday’s East Carolina football scrimmage continued Tuesday when the Pirates began their final week of preseason camp and coach Scottie Montgomery said the defense was overall more productive than the offense.

Part of it was because of the defense winning a lot of battles in…

042317ecufootball-1.jpg

August 14, 2018

Dave Hart’s role as special athletics adviser to East Carolina Chancellor Cecil Staton has been extended through football season, in part because of the difficulties the Pirates are facing financially as they prepare for another scholastic and athletics year.

Hart’s original six-month…

081518HART-1.jpg

August 14, 2018

Jack Reinheimer is with the New York Mets, giving East Carolina two former players currently on active Major League Baseball rosters. Pitcher Mike Wright (Baltimore Orioles) is the other player.

Former ECU pitcher Jharel Cotton is on the Oakland Athletics’ 40-man roster, but not active as he…

021613ecubaseball4_0.jpg

August 14, 2018

Of all the statistics that doomed East Carolina’s football team in 2017, and on defense in particular, a glaring disparity was that ECU scored 31 points off turnovers and opponents finished with 121.

Third-year head coach Scottie Montgomery has stressed for ECU defenders to be more aggressive…

081218ECUfootball-7.jpg

August 13, 2018

East Carolina connecting on deep passes Saturday during a preseason scrimmage was sometimes directly tied to quarterback scrambles.

There were no quarterback-designed runs as suggested by the coaching staff to protect the passers from injury, but the ECU trio of Reid Herring, Holton Ahlers and…

081218ECUfootball-4.jpg

August 11, 2018

It remains difficult for East Carolina’s offense to run against the ECU defensive front, which led to the team airing it out Saturday during the first scrimmage of the preseason.

Defensive backs and receivers battled for the football often to highlight the 100-plus play scrimmage at Dowdy-…

081218ECUfootball-9.jpg

August 11, 2018

There is no question that Trevon Brown is East Carolina’s best receiver, and big production will be needed out of him again for the Pirates to reach their goal of making a bowl game, but opportunity also remains behind Brown.

Brown is a senior and bound to see double-teams and plenty of…

080818ECUfootball-11.jpg
180 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 18
        Next Page»   Last Page»