Loading...
Bless the heart of the stormwater advisory group that suggested to raise the stormwater fees to record levels. I wonder...

Another marquee, unique matchup for AAC

Navy UCF Football

Central Florida wide receiver Dredrick Snelson (5) celebrates in the end zone after scoring a 34-yard receiving touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Navy, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Loading…

By Nathan Summers
The Daily Reflector

Monday, November 12, 2018

It remains to be seen whether or not the premier team in the American Athletic Conference will again be undefeated and knocking on the door of the College Football Playoff at season’s end, but Central Florida already is very much in the public eye of college football.

Everything will be on the line in prime time on Saturday when the 9-0 Knights host fellow East Division heavyweight Cincinnati (9-1, 5-1).

For the first time, the sport’s biggest traveling roadshow is coming to the their town, as ESPN’s College Game Day is headed to Orlando for the 8 p.m. showdown.

“They understand the opportunity we have this Saturday, but I think they also understand that all that matters is how we prepare each and every day this week, and that will take us to kickoff,” first-year UCF head coach Josh Heupel said during Monday’s weekly AAC coaches teleconference of his team, which scored a tight 35-24 victory last Saturday over struggling Navy.

Heupel said that while the hype surrounding his team is what the Knights strive for, he knows his players will have to block it out as much as possible this week.

Coming to town for the festivities is arguably the hottest other team in the American, as the Bearcats are fresh from upending suddenly struggling South Florida, dealing the Bulls their third straight loss after a 7-0 start.

On the line for Cincy and second-year coach Luke Fickell is the chance to throw a wrench into the works of the conference and forge a tie in the East Division with the Knights. Doing that would mean becoming the first team since 2016 to beat UCF.

“It’s the first time a lot of these guys have been on a stage like this, and we’ve got to be able to control our emotions again and handle the situation, the scene, and what it’s all about is getting to game time and 8 o’clock and being at our best, not throughout all the other hype stuff that’s going to be done throughout this entire week,” Fickell said.

No overlooking

A battle of AAC basement dwellers is on tap in Greenville this week when Connecticut travels to East Carolina with both teams still in search of their first conference win.

There is little doubt that each of the teams will think this game is its best chance to get that win and might have been eyeing this contest, but UConn head coach Randy Edsall said his Huskies (1-9, 0-6) are in no position to look past any team on the schedule to get to another one.

In fact, he laughed aloud when asked if that was a possibility.

“We’re not good enough to look ahead,” Edsall said. “We’re good enough to try and get better each and every day, and that’s all we do. This week just happens to be we have East Carolina, and we’ll prepare the best we can and go down there and try to get a win. ... We never try to look ahead or anything along those lines. That’s for fans to do and for media to do.”

Contact Nathan Summers at nsummers@reflector.com, 252-329-9595 and follow @NateSumm99 on Twitter.

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

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

ECU

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…

120418ECUADGilbert-5.jpg

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.

Houston,…

092918DHCfootball-4.jpg

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…

120518ECUFootballHouston-7.jpg

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…

090317ECUfootball-10.jpg

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…

120518ECUFootballHouston-6.jpg

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-…

111818ECUfootball-20.jpg

December 05, 2018

Donnie Kirkpatrick is returning to East Carolina’s football program to be the first offensive coordinator for Mike Houston as head coach of the Pirates.

ECU has not made Kirkpatrick’s appointment official, but sources have confirmed that Kirkpatrick is expected to be named offensive…

102313ecukirkpatrick1.jpg

December 05, 2018

Dave Hart didn’t even know how to finish his sentence.

He has been in athletics administration since the early 1980s and seen just about everything, except for what happened with him and East Carolina finalizing an athletics director search and football coaching search at the same time.…

120418ECUADGilbert-2.jpg

December 04, 2018

In Mike Houston’s estimation, the key to rebuilding the football team at East Carolina is redefining the team’s identity.

The new face of ECU football laid out his blueprint for the Pirates in a news conference on Tuesday, the same plans he said he had already detailed to the…

120518ECUFootballHouston-3.jpg

December 04, 2018

A public pursuit of sorts played out for former James Madison football coach Mike Houston last week, and it was East Carolina that introduced Houston as the Pirates’ 22nd head football coach at the Murphy Center on Tuesday.

The Charlotte 49ers offered their head coaching position to Houston,…

120518ECUFootballHouston-1.jpg
314 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 32
        Next Page»   Last Page»