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ECU finalizes non-conference football schedule

Posted January 10, 2014

East Carolina Pirates Head Coach Ruffin McNeill and East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Cedric Thompson (8) during tonights game.East Carolina defeats Florida Atlantic 31-13 on Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Greenville, NC (Photos By Anthony Barham)

— East Carolina announced Friday that the Pirates have added North Carolina Central University to their 2014 non-conference schedule. The game, which will be played August 30 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, will mark ECU's third matchup against an in-state Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly known as Division I-AA, opponent since 2009.

In addition, East Carolina released tentative playing dates for its other three non-conference contests this fall. After meeting the Eagles in the season opener, the Pirates will travel to South Carolina and Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, respectively, before returning home to host North Carolina a week later on Sept. 20. However, those dates remain subject to change pending future television programming needs.

The single-game contract with N.C. Central represents the first meeting between the two programs, but follows earlier visits by then-FCS member Appalachian State in 2009 and 2012, which drew a combined attendance of over 92,000 to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The Eagles, who opened the 2013 campaign at ACC Coastal Division champion Duke, posted a 5-7 overall record and 3-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference ledger last fall. The contest in Greenville will also mark the debut of first-year head coach Jerry Mack, who was appointed to the lead the NCCU program on Dec. 19.

East Carolina, which compiled a 10-3 record and made its seventh bowl appearance in the last eight years in 2013, will open play in the American Athletic Conference this season after a 17-year membership in Conference USA. The Pirates' first AAC schedule will be released by the league at a later date.

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  • tcoutouzis Jan 10, 2014

    We need an easy game before we play that killer non-con schedule. We could conceivably go 1-3. I would be happy with 2-2.

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