N.C. State, ECU won't face each other in football in 2009
Posted October 1, 2008
N.C. State will not play East Carolina in 2009 in football, senior men’s athletics director David Horning said Wednesday.
Horning said the Wolfpack has eight home games scheduled for 2009, including a home opener on a Thursday night against South Carolina on ESPN. He said the entire NCSU schedule would be released later, but that it would not include East Carolina.
State will have only six home games in 2010, and six on the road. One of those road trips will be to ECU.
State and East Carolina will also play in 2013 and 2016. Horning said the schools would continue to talk about whether a 2012 game is feasible.
“We’ll continue to work together to resolve the schedule in the best interests of everybody,” Horning said.
The issue of when the schools would play became a news story last week, when NCSU athletics director Lee Fowler told 99.9 FM The Fan that the schools were scheduled to play three more times through 2016.
ECU athletics director Terry Holland responded by saying the schools had a signed contract to play five games.
A letter from Holland to N.C. State on June 18 listed three games. Holland later told WRAL that the letter summarized discussions between the schools and was not a final, official document.
Holland said ECU was willing to not play in 2009 if that was best for N.C. State’s schedule, but the Pirates prefer to play.