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


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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August 22, 2019 - 44 minutes ago

East Carolina’s first athletic event of the academic year started and stopped and continued again and stopped again, then was canceled because of inclement weather.

ECU’s women’s soccer team was not able to finish Thursday night’s match against George Mason, even with the…


August 22, 2019

First-year East Carolina defensive coordinator Bob Trott and first-year Pirate football head coach Mike Houston were similar with their words Wednesday that they think they know what to expect from N.C. State's offense, but they said preparing for an opponent during Week 1 of the season is…


August 21, 2019

Many intricacies and focuses for East Carolina football players have changed with Monday's start to the fall semester and the N.C. State game a little more than a week away, but Pirate coach Mike Houston had no plans of intensity dipping with the transition from preseason workouts to in-season and…


August 20, 2019

No more waiting for Holton Ahlers or the rest of the East Carolina football team or Pirate fans.

With next Saturday’s noon kickoff at N.C. State getting closer and closer, first-year Pirate coach Mike Houston officially announced after Tuesday’s practice that Ahlers will be his…


August 20, 2019

Quarterback Holton Ahlers led East Carolina’s football team in rushing last season with 592 yards and six touchdowns on 119 carries.

New offensive principles are in place at ECU under a new coaching staff, leading to some intrigue about Ahlers and his run availability. Would this staff, led…


August 19, 2019

East Carolina first-year football coach Mike Houston described the Pirates' No. 1 center, Branden Pena, as a "tough joker" on Saturday.

The football-centric praise showed how far the relationship has come between Pena and Houston since December.

"Branden Pena is a guy that I didn't know his name…


August 17, 2019

Moments of reflection Saturday brought East Carolina first-year head football coach Mike Houston back to the spring.

The physicality he saw Saturday during the Pirates' final preseason scrimmage was vastly different from the spring Purple-Gold Game.

Darius Pinnix displayed his punishing rushing…


August 17, 2019

East Carolina’s football players were asked about their favorite ice cream flavor Saturday and they got the opportunity to pick on teammates, but there also were serious questions pointed their way about the Aug. 31 opener at N.C. State and the rest of an important season for the Pirates…


August 17, 2019

In an exhibition match defined by defense, Jenna Dages scored the only goal for the East Carolina women’s soccer team to top VCU 1-0 on Friday night inside Johnson Stadium.

Dages’ goal came at the 45:34 mark. From there, goalie Meaghan Haley and ECU's defense helped to maintain the lead.…


August 17, 2019

Here are five East Carolina football players who have stepped up during preseason camp and will be looking to continue their momentum when the Pirates complete camp with a scrimmage Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium:

1. Xavier Smith, linebacker: Smith has kind of quietly morphed from a tight end…

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