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.