ECU - BYU Agree To Two-Year Football Series

GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina and BYU have agreed to a two-year home-and-home football series in 2017 and 2018 according to a joint announcement by both institutions Wednesday.

In 2017, the Pirates will open the series by welcoming the Cougars to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium before following with a trip to LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, a year later.

"BYU’s national athletic profile and the beauty of the campus and surrounding area make both of these games ones that every Pirate will want to see - here in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium as well as at LaVell Edwards Stadium," ECU Director of Athletics Terry Holland said. "This series will provide first-class football and terrific sportsmanship for all Pirate and Cougar fans. This is a relationship that we would like to continue in the future, possibly with competitions in other sports."

BYU is coming off its first season as a football independent in 2011 with a 10-3 record and a 24-21 victory over Conference USA member Tulsa in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The Cougars finished the year ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, earning a spot in the final top-25 poll for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

The Cougars began playing football in 1922. In 87 seasons, BYU has earned 23 conference titles and appeared in 30 bowl games, winning five of its last six bowl appearances. The Cougars won the National Championship in 1984.

“We’re excited about this series with East Carolina. It allows both schools to have a unique travel experience and play very good competition,” said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe. “Our football team has never played in North Carolina, so I’m excited that BYU fans in that part of the country will have an opportunity to see our team play in person.”

East Carolina posted a 5-7 record and third-place finish in C-USA's East Division during the 2011 campaign. Despite having 25 players start their first career games in 2011, the Pirates rebounded from a 1-4 start to a 4-3 finish and narrowly missed making their sixth-straight bowl appearance.

The series will feature two programs that have ranked among the top three nationally in average attendance outside automatic-qualifying Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference members for the past two seasons. BYU (26th overall) and East Carolina (40th) drew 60,265 and 50,012 fans per game last fall, respectively, trailing only Notre Dame's mark of 80,795. In 2010, the Cougars averaged 61,381 per contest while the Pirates recorded a turnstile count of 49,665 a game in their first season inside an expanded 50,000-seat Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Additional details including broadcast plans, game times and ticket information will be released at a later date.

BYU will join North Carolina (2012-13), South Carolina (2012, 2014-16), Navy (2012), Appalachian State (2012), West Virginia (2013-2018), N.C State (2013, 2016), The Citadel (2013) and Virginia Tech (2014-17) on East Carolina's list of non-conference opponents through 2018.

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  • by Ric Location: Greenville on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:15 AM
    Rhetorical question here but, Holland has stated that he does not like traveling to UTEP, Houston, etc. because of lost revenue, why would he schedule a game in Provo? The exposure can’t be that good.
  • by Alpha Location: Lenoir on Jan 26, 2012 at 02:47 AM
    The prestige of BYU. The idea that you can have a good a concept that needs to come back to ECU. My first thought...its gonna be a great game. My second thought....maybe Ohio State in the future? Or Michigan? Way to build your program.
  • by chocowinity_pirate on Jan 25, 2012 at 07:13 PM
    Sam, if your comment was directed towards me, I respect that. I'm 38, my mom has been dead for 23 years. My father died 38 years ago next month. I am a lifelong Pirate fan. My favorite two players are Larry Shannon, and Charlie Libretto. Favorite coach, Logan.
    Be honest with yourself and me about the language and actions of Some not all of our fans. I would make the same comment if Liberty or Notre Dame were the opponent. They would embarrass us.
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      by Sam on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM in reply to chocowinity_pirate
      I don't recall responding to a Chocowinity Pirate, but I'll agree BYU is definately a holy school, like Liberty and Bob Jones. I wouldn't call Notre Dame all that religious since most of their alumni are from up north, and that the northerners curse a lot more than the southerners. I do agree that lots of our fans need to clean their act up, especially since there are children around. That saying, until ECU has finishes in the Top 25 at the end of a season, then I'll still say ECU should have never fired Logan. Logan was great for ECU and dedicated to ECU.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 25, 2012 at 03:09 PM
    I like this idea. It's great to play programs we rarely play, if ECU has ever played them before. BYU has always been very respectable.
  • by chocowinity_pirate on Jan 25, 2012 at 03:01 PM
    This could be another embarrassing moment at ECU.
    I'm not totally familiar with the Mormon religion, but can you imagine the way they will look at ECU after our drunk fans shoe their tails.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:14 AM in reply to chocowinity_pirate
      How do you shoe a tail? I thought shoes went on feet...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    Just another OOC loss.
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      by Sam on Jan 25, 2012 at 03:10 PM in reply to
      Tell us who you really are before talking junk behind your mom's computer.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:13 AM in reply to Sam
        and who the heck are you? do you know how many Sams there are in the world? practice what you preach
      • reply
        by Sam on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:10 PM in reply to Sam
        I'm the same Sam who graduated from ECU and lives in the Outer Banks. I stated my name, whereas you stated yourself as an anonymous person who is too scared to put at least your name down. I don't expect someone to put their last name down, due to their careers.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    Just another OOC loss.
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      by Chuck on Jan 25, 2012 at 02:20 PM in reply to
      This should be a competive series.This is probably scheduled as a part of the CUSA.Mountain west merger?
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        by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 06:23 PM in reply to Chuck
        BYU is an independent.
  • by Formerly Pirateman on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

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