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Two players suspended after arrests

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East Carolina's head coach Mike Houston talks to players after a scrimmage on Aug. 17, 2019.

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By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Sunday, August 25, 2019

East Carolina football players Juan Powell and Delvontae Harris are suspended indefinitely, first-year Pirate head coach Mike Houston said Sunday, stemming from a breaking and entering incident late Friday night.

Powell, 18, and Harris, 20, were arrested early Saturday with felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. They each had a secured bond of $15,000.

An email from Greenville Police Department public information officer Kristen Hunter said that shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday is when police responded to the area of East 8th Street and Forbes Street to a report of two males pulling on car door handles and breaking into cars.

The email also said that Powell and Harris admitted to breaking into at least one car, but that as of Sunday afternoon, nothing had been reported stolen from any of the vehicles.

“Representing East Carolina University in a negative light is something that we take very seriously, and I am disappointed in the decisions and actions of a couple of our players,” Houston said Sunday from his office. “They are suspended indefinitely. During this time we will continue to support them as they work through the legal process and the processes here on campus. However, they will have no association with our football program.

“Any long-term or permanent decisions will be made at the conclusion of these processes.”

ECU’s season begins Saturday when the Pirates kick off against N.C. State at noon in Raleigh.

Houston said he called a team meeting for Sunday afternoon to address the suspensions with his players, and then the Pirates are turning all of their attention to the Wolfpack.

“We are focused on N.C. State 100 percent,” Houston said.

Powell, an Atlanta native, joined the Pirates in January and made an immediate impact during spring practices, putting him at that time in position to likely earn playing time this year as a talented rookie cornerback in the secondary.

Harris is a sophomore reserve linebacker from Newman, Ga. He played in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2018, mainly working on special teams, and he did not record a tackle.

 

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

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