ECU-UNC To Continue Series Through 2013

GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina and North Carolina have agreed to a two-year home-and-home football series in 2012 and 2013 according to a joint announcement by both institutions Thursday.

The Pirates and Tar Heels, who will also meet at 8 p.m. Saturday at ECU's sold-out Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, will continue a series that began in 1972 and currently spans 13 games. The new agreement includes a visit to Kenan Stadium on Sept. 22, 2012 before UNC returns to Greenville on Sept. 28, 2013.

"It remains important for us to maintain ties to our regional rivals and continuing our football relationship with North Carolina certainly is in line with that," East Carolina Director of Athletics Terry Holland said. "The anticipation and excitement make this a tough ticket in both stadiums and creates interest throughout the region."

Saturday's contest will mark the third-straight year the two programs have met, but the first at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium since the Pirates' 34-31 victory in 2007.


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  • by Chuck on Oct 2, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    I was at the game.Very Nice Atmosphere. ECU just cannot turn over the ball like they are doing this year. ECU Q-back really put up big numbers on Tarheels. Take away the turnovers & Game would have gone right down to the wire. UNC & ECU are about the same.Turnovers are the difference. UNC Fans were very nice.
  • by Kevin Location: Rocky Mount on Sep 30, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    Why all the negative comments? I love it when all the North Carolina teams play each other. I pull for all of them. Yes, Im a tarheel fan. But if ECU I won't be suicidal. I mean, ECU has a great program. I hope to see them in the Big East soon.
  • by Heather on Sep 30, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    I wish i was i going to be sitting in the stands watching and cheering on my tar heels and pirates! But guess there will also be a next time :(
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      by Marc on Oct 1, 2011 at 04:59 AM in reply to Heather
      Either pull for the holes or the pirates, can't have em both. That is biggest problem with ECU fans, like pirates during football then jump ship and start pulling for holes in basketball. Wonder why no one wants them in their conference, ECU needs a fan base that are just ECU fans. Duke fans dont' pull for the heels at no time, Alabama fans never pull for Auburn fans. Get real Pirates, pick a team and stick with them and get off the fence
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        by Just sayin' on Oct 4, 2011 at 12:06 PM in reply to Marc
        please! do you really just root for the pirates in basketball or are you just not a basketball fan! Ecu barely has a basketball program! You are comparing Ecu to nationally known universities! the biggest problem with Ecu fans is they are dillusional about who they are !ECU is basically a 1-aa athletic program. Stop wasting so much money trying to get into bcs conferences its just stupid! ECU really is not even needed. Think about it, wouldn't these kids going to ecu be better off if they were exposed to something other than just eastern nc! Imagine all the new bern,kinston, washington kids growing up going no farther than to Greenville for college. As far as the medical school all of the growth at pitt county hospital basically comes from taking all the business from other local county hospitals! Think about this if a person in eastern nc has to drive an hour to get to Greenville hospital why not go another hour or so to the world class hospitals of Duke and Chapel Hill. Just sayin'
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          by Bud on Oct 6, 2011 at 07:07 AM in reply to Just sayin'
          Yeah, Chapel Hill and Duke, where they give people AIDS via blood transfusions and simple procedures turn into lifetime handicaps due to malpractice.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 at 01:03 AM
    I'm glad that Terry Holland was able to schedule these games. It is great for the ECU players to compete with the "big boys" in an interstate game. Also it will be fun for the fans. Go Pirates.
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Sep 29, 2011 at 06:53 PM
    Why? We don't need state, carolina or their condesending fans.
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      by !!! on Sep 29, 2011 at 09:51 PM in reply to Jimbo
      Yes you do!! If not what TV time would you get? Did you see the coverage last weekend? Looked like it was filmed from someone's Basement. GO HEELS!!! Ol Yea, could you tell your team to wear the Whole Shirt this weekend. Looked like a Bunch of THUGS wearing those cut off shirt. Well it is Greenville though what do I expect.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 at 04:45 AM in reply to !!!
        Why do half shirts offend you so badly that you have commented on like 3 different stories about it. Half shirts have been worn by football players for many many years.
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        by Jimbo on Sep 30, 2011 at 05:44 AM in reply to !!!
        Thanks "!!!" you made my point for me. Actually we are on TV quite a bit without playing state or carolina.
  • by No Quarter Location: Hyde on Sep 29, 2011 at 06:37 PM
    this will be good for the Pirates... they beat State mostly every time and be competitive with the Tar Heels every year they will past State for best football team in the state
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Sep 29, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    That's if they have a football program the next couple of years, lets hope that the program gets the ax from the NCAA. When you see all the buses rolling into town tomorrow, all of them aren't for the holes, at least 3 of the buses will be carrying NCAA rules committee members to keep up with their infractions from the weekend coming up.
  • by Haha Location: !!! on Sep 29, 2011 at 04:47 PM
    Terry Holland said we needed to keep this Rivalry going. Haha, are you kidding me? 10-2-1 is no rivalry, just another practice game for the Tarheels.
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      by John on Sep 30, 2011 at 05:08 AM in reply to Haha
      Well you know where the win came at???? Big difference in college football where games are played.
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      by Bud on Sep 30, 2011 at 07:44 AM in reply to Haha
      Haha, every in-state team is some form of rival since they compete for the homegrown talent when it comes to recruiting. If you weren't so illiterate maybe you would have read the quote correctly, "maintain ties to our REGIONAL rivals and continuing our football RELATIONSHIP with North Carolina..." West Virginia annually beats Marshall but they're still a rivalry because they are in WV. And didn't UNC just forefit those recent wins against ECU? What's the record now? At the end of the day UNC hasn't won a darn thing in 30 years, what's the deal Tarbabies?
  • by Ric Location: Greenville on Sep 29, 2011 at 04:38 PM
    Sorry Frank but James Madison's schedule was already booked.
  • by Frank Location: Winterville on Sep 29, 2011 at 02:41 PM
    Not good. UNC needs to upgrade their non conference schedule. They have to stop scheduling these weak teams from weak conferences.
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      by Dave on Sep 29, 2011 at 06:11 PM in reply to Frank
      Terry Holland is scared stiff to schedule a team from any of the other BCS conferences so he might as well stick with the weak little ACC.
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        by Hello? on Sep 29, 2011 at 07:15 PM in reply to Dave
        Does scheduling SC from the SEC ring a bell? SEC > Big 10.
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