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August 19, 2019

No matter who you ask, most coaches, no matter the sport, will tell you that preseason predictions mean nothing in reference to the game itself, and I agree.

However, the idea of making early guesses as to who will still be playing for something come time for the playoffs is not only entertaining,…


In the trenches: Pena a 'tough joker' at center

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…


ECU second scrimmage: Take a punch, give a punch

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…


Mixing it up at media day

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…