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BATTLE FOR N.C.: ECU in 5th

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A referee seperates East Carolina's Marcus Holton Jr., left, and North Carolina's Thomas Jackson during their game on Sept. 8, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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The Daily Reflector

Monday, September 10, 2018

The major development this weekend in college football in North Carolina was East Carolina’s 41-19 rout of the North Carolina Tar Heels in Greenville.

ECU replaces UNC in our “Battle for N.C.” rankings.

1. N.C. State

Record: 2-0.

Why No. 1? The Wolfpack rolled to a 41-7 win against Georgia State for a second straight victory against an overmatched opponent. Things pick up in a major way this week when No. 14 West Virginia visits Raleigh.

2. Duke

Record: 2-0.

Why No. 2? Because starting quarterback Daniel Jones got hurt in a 21-7 win at Northwestern. Duke also opened with a nice victory against Army and would be No. 1, but it is a big blow if Jones is facing a lengthy absence with a clavicle injury.

3. Appalachian State

Record: 1-1.

Why No. 3? Appalachian State showed off its firepower in Week 2, cruising to a 45-9 win at lowly Charlotte. Like N.C. State (West Virginia) and Duke (at Baylor), ASU has a big matchup next in Boone against a consistent and quality program in Southern Miss.

4. Wake Forest

Record: 2-0.

Why No. 4? Wake is quietly 2-0 and set for a daunting five-game stretch that includes playing Notre Dame, Clemson and Florida State. It starts Thursday night in beginning Atlantic Coast Conference action at home against Boston College.

5. East Carolina

Record: 1-1.

Why No. 5? The case could be made for North Carolina A&T here, but A&T shouldn’t have defeated ECU and it wouldn't have happened without a few critical giveaways by the Pirates. ECU then proved it was better, on the scoreboard and in reality, than UNC with a signature and needed 41-19 win.

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ECU

September 21, 2018

Raymond James Stadium is set to host two primetime football games in the coming days, beginning Saturday when East Carolina plays at 3-0 South Florida at 8 p.m.

USF stages its home games at the stadium in Tampa more known as the venue for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.…

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

September 20, 2018

Basketball schedules released by East Carolina and the American Athletic Conference this week have East Carolina hosting three men’s-women’s doubleheaders in Minges Coliseum, including two to begin the season.

ECU’s women, who went 16-15 last year for their first winning record…

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September 19, 2018

East Carolina could benefit from touchbacks and fair catches in Saturday night’s football matchup at South Florida.

USF freshman Terrence Horne raced to two kickoff return touchdowns already in a win against Georgia Tech on Sept. 8 to make him the only player in the country this year with…

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September 19, 2018

Joe Dooley’s second stint as East Carolina’s basketball coach will begin Nov. 6 with a home against Delaware State, which is part of the Pirates playing seven games in Minges Coliseum in November and 18 total for the 2018-19 season.

ECU released its schedule Wednesday afternoon and it…

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September 19, 2018

Temple made a big jump in the American Athletic Conference football beat writer rankings, and East Carolina also moved up a spot to eighth this week.

The Sunshine State occupies the top two spots, led again by steady Central Florida. South Florida takes over second place, has a 3-0 record and hosts…

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September 18, 2018

East Carolina’s football team had a rare opportunity to be unified and fully concentrated on watching South Florida play at Illinois last Saturday, a game that ended with the Bulls rallying for 18 points in the fourth quarter for a 25-19 win and 3-0 start to their season.

ECU sought safe…

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September 18, 2018

A win at a Pac-12 opponent, a shutout and then a record-setting outing on offense.

Cincinnati is 3-0 and riding high in the American Athletic Conference football ranks, following a Week 1 upset at UCLA with a 21-0 win against Miami of Ohio and then Saturday it beat Alabama A&M 63-7 behind a…

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September 17, 2018

The use of FaceTime on phones has been invaluable for the East Carolina football team, which avoided the direct hit of Hurricane Florence when it left for Orlando, Fla., last Wednesday but in many ways still is dealing with the aftermath.

That is especially true for players who have family in…

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September 15, 2018

East Carolina football is under reconstruction.

For the first time last Saturday, some progress was evident on the field inside the Pirates' home stadium currently surrounded by scaffolding and temporary fencing. That is evidence of a bold $60 million upgrade in the works.

The men who wear the…

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September 15, 2018

East Carolina was in last place for the first two installments of the American Athletic Conference writers’ power rankings, but after the Pirates’ 41-19 rout of North Carolina they moved up to ninth.

ECU (at Virginia Tech) and league frontrunner UCF (at N.C. State) had their games…

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