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Roundup: NCAA teams coming to Minges; No Memphis

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East Carolina's Jayden Gardner (#1) celebrates after being fouled during a game against Tulane on Jan. 31, 2019.

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ECU, Staff reports

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Each of the four American Athletic Conference basketball teams that participated in the 2019 NCAA tournament will visit Minges Coliseum to play East Carolina during the upcoming season, but talented Memphis is not on ECU’s home schedule.

The American Athletic Conference announced its league pairings on Wednesday, which for ECU includes home-and-away games against UCF, Cincinnati, South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa. The Pirates’ home-only opponents are Connecticut and Houston, and ECU will travel to Memphis and Wichita State.

The AAC’s NCAA tourney teams from last season were UCF, Cincinnati, Houston and Temple. Houston made the Sweet 16.

Burleson accepts invite

East Carolina standout Alec Burleson, who has been playing this summer in the Cape Cod League, accepted an invitation from USA Baseball to the Collegiate National Team’s training camp.

Burleson, a versatile pitcher/outfielder/first baseman, is the fourth Pirate to receive the invitation.

Jake Agnos, Bryant Packard and ECU head coach Cliff Godwin were all part of the USA team last year. Godwin served as third base and hitting coach for the squad that finished with a 12-3 record that included series wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba.

Burleson was a finalist for the John Olerud national player of the year award along with earning inclusion to five All-America teams as a sophomore utility player.

The Collegiate National Team will participate in four intrasquad exhibition games and a game against Coastal Plain League Select before announcing a 26-man roster prior to the eighth annual USA vs. Cuba international friendship series scheduled for July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory.

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July 18, 2019

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July 17, 2019

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The former Elizabeth City Northeastern High School star running back and linebacker signed with ECU in…

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July 16, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — Mike Houston has been in this position before, bracing to prove doubters wrong.

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July 16, 2019

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July 16, 2019

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July 15, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — East Carolina is at American Athletic Conference football media days, equipped with first-year coach Mike Houston, first-year athletics director Jon Gilbert and senior receiver Deondre Farrier in his first visit to Newport.

Aside from veteran media relations director Tom…

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July 15, 2019

A trio of first-year American Athletic Conference football coaches, including East Carolina's Mike Houston, heads to Newport, R.I., today for a first taste of seafood, interviews and more at AAC media days.

The other two newcomers are Temple's Rod Carey and Dana Holgorsen after his offseason…

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July 14, 2019

The Minges Coliseum court is in under renovation as East Carolina’s basketball coaches also are working to reconstruct their teams that will play this year on a new-look Minges paint scheme.

Fresh from checking out a recent workout of men’s coach Joe Dooley’s squad, which this…

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July 13, 2019

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July 13, 2019

East Carolina University changed its plans to transfer $10 million from ECU Physicians to East Carolina's athletics department to cover years of debt and for other expenses, interim chancellor Dan Gerlach emphasized on Friday during ECU Board of Trustees meetings.

No money was transferred from ECU…

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