August 28, 2016

No one loves an unsung hero more than Rick Smith, and the coach has perhaps as keen an eye as anybody when it comes to finding them.

For the better part of the last decade, Smith has kept a potential ace up his sleeve, but he has never been shy about telling people it is there. The veteran…


August 26, 2016

Demetri McGill is spending a lot of time being outnumbered these days.

When he lines up on the East Carolina football team’s defensive line, many times it’s just him and one other guy staring down five or six hulks standing on the opposing line of scrimmage. That is because the Pirates,…


August 25, 2016

For Zay Jones, there is not nearly as much left to learn as there is to perfect.

Already one of the more accomplished wide receivers in East Carolina football history, the senior has had plenty of time to adjust to a new coaching staff, and just as much time to imagine what his final collegiate…


August 24, 2016

In college football, all nonconference schedules are not created equally.

East Carolina has embraced the growing pay-for-play trend to earn big paychecks, mainly from Southeastern Conference schools, and pay Football Championship Subdivision teams to visit Greenville. FCS member Western Carolina is…


August 24, 2016

J.T. Boyd is at the point in his career that he can bust his teammates’ chops when he wants, and can even have a little fun during times of the year that aren’t fun for most of the other guys.

Boyd is a senior in his fifth year on the East Carolina football team, so he has earned the…


August 20, 2016

Playing football is a rush for Dayon Pratt when he is on the field, whether it’s making a key stop on third down or when in coverage on special teams for East Carolina.

This year, the lanky senior linebacker is ready for a whole new rush after making a slow but steady rise over the last two…


August 20, 2016

The East Carolina fall sports season got underway Friday night, though the Pirates’ women’s soccer team failed to net a goal in its first outing of the year.

William & Mary beat ECU 3-0 at Johnson Stadium, scoring all three goals in the opening half and then pulling back to guard…


August 19, 2016

East Carolina’s preparation for its football season opener ramped up considerably this week, and Scottie Montgomery was not shy when talking about the caliber of the first opponent of his head coaching career.

Not pleased with his team’s effort following a midweek practice that he said…


August 19, 2016

When East Carolina athletics created a Snapchat account last month and needed a student-athlete to help draw fans to the account early in its inception, there was Zay Jones.

Jones and DaShaun Amos went to American Athletic Conference media days in Providence, R.I., and fans could follow their two-…


August 19, 2016

On Sept. 3, a longstanding annual eastern North Carolina tradition will be observed, but will be done this year with a slew of new people playing leading roles.

The East Carolina football team will kick off the Scottie Montgomery coaching era when the Pirates play host to Western Carolina at 6 p.m.…

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