ECU - South Carolina Football Game Kickoff Set For 7pm

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The kickoff time for East Carolina's season-opening nonconference contest against South Carolina, scheduled for Sept. 3 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, has been set for 7 p.m. (EDT) to accommodate a live FOX Sports Networks regional television broadcast according to an announcement from the Southeastern Conference Wednesday.

The Pirates will open Ruffin McNeill's second season at the helm of the ECU program by playing the first contest of a five-game scheduling agreement with the Gamecocks that was announced in 2006 and extends through 2016.

The meeting against South Carolina, which wrapped up the 2010 season with a 9-5 record, a No. 22 national rank and appearances in both the SEC Championship Game and Chick-fil-A Bowl, will mark the renewal of a series that spans 15 games and dates back to 1977.

East Carolina posted a 6-7 overall mark and stood second in Conference USA’s East Division a year ago. The Pirates opened the campaign winning five of their first seven contests and advanced to a program-record fifth-straight bowl game, but fell to Maryland 51-20 in the Military Bowl.

The Pirates' matchup against the Gamecocks represents ECU's fifth trip to Charlotte for a neutral site contest, following wins against Virginia Tech (2008), West Virginia (1999) and N.C. State (1996), and a setback to the Wolfpack in 2004.

FOX Sports Networks, a new C-USA television partner, will also air the Pirates' home opener against Virginia Tech a week later (Sept. 10) and a pivotal league intra-divisional matchup against UCF on Nov. 19.

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  • by Daniel Location: Harker's Island on Jul 25, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    This is the deal. The pirates will go 12-0 this season, will win the conference championship game and then go to a BCS Bowl this year. Yes East Carolina WILL beat South Carolina and Virginia Tech, and will turn around and cream both UAB and UNC. East Carolina will see a better year than the 1991-1992 season and will go undefeated without a problem. That is just it cause they will be that team to refuse to lose. This is the only statement that matters is that they will go undefeated.
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      by Rob on Jul 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM in reply to Daniel
      Wake up. ECU is a 7-5 team at best.
  • by Dave Location: Parts Unknown on Jul 23, 2011 at 03:09 PM
    Go Pirates!!!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 22, 2011 at 02:32 PM
    My name is Sam I'm a big ham. I live under a dam and dig for clams. I play with rams and listen to Wham! Wam bam cause I'm Sam.
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      by PK on Jul 24, 2011 at 12:46 PM in reply to Sam
      Everybody should know by now that this is a fake Sam. The real Sam is an accountant, family man, surfer, and overall great guy.
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        by Sam on Jul 25, 2011 at 07:51 AM in reply to PK
        Thank you PK. I also like to go fishing as well, but here as of lately, have been tied down with us having a newborn son. Hopefully he will be a future pirate, but regardless, he has been a bundle of joy to us.
  • by LOL on Jul 21, 2011 at 09:12 PM
    0-1 for the team in lavender and yellow.
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      by JDLadd on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM in reply to LOL
      It's not lavender, it's indigo.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 21, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    Me and my band Steamboat Sam and the Salmons will be playing at the wedding too. We also play gigs at some beach bars locally at the OBX. Either way, I wouldn't miss this game for the world and watch my Pirates prove the haters wrong.
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      by Bud on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:12 AM in reply to Sam
      Hey Sam! Does your band have a website? I googled you but nothing came up.
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        by Sam on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:15 AM in reply to Bud
        Hey Bud, I'm not in a band. That's just some jealous troll (probably some UNC-Cheater Hill, MooU fan, or Dave more likely) trying to trick you. I don't play any music. I just get into the outdoor stuff and the sports scene. Disgusted, if you see this don't respond to this like you did before.
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          by Bud on Jul 25, 2011 at 09:59 AM in reply to Sam
          Ahh gotcha Sam, they didn't do a good job insulting you. Really it just shows the last desperation act of a fan base that has no class or legitimate information to defend themselves from the scrutiny we can assume their program has come under from the NCAA. Instead of maintaining some shred of integrity, the fans of those teams choose instead to attack others to try and deflect the negativity and decades of irrelevancy which has befallen their program. Actually it's too bad you don't have a band, I'm sure that'd be good entertainment!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM in reply to Sam
      That is the dumbest name of a band that I have ever heard.
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        by Sam on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM in reply to
        Someone else has tried to put my name at 5:50 p.m. of July 21st. That's not really me. I don't play any music as I've never been really good when it comes to the music stuff.
  • by pirate/hawk Location: G-vegas on Jul 21, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    Thats right keep it up... south Carolina this South Carolina that. I cant wait to hear all the haters try to explain it when we paint charlotte purple... AARRGGHH
  • by Joanne on Jul 21, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    I went to Wal Mart and got me a nice $6.00 ECU T-shirt to wear at the game. What a great deal AAAARRRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!
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      by Sam on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:27 AM in reply to Joanne
      You must have got that on a 60% discount.
  • by TruthBTold on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    After an 0-2 start and a 5-7 finish, ECU fans will be calling for Ruffin to be fired.
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      by Bud on Jul 21, 2011 at 01:59 PM in reply to TruthBTold
      Didn't you say that last year and every year Skip Holtz was coach as ECU got better and better? Hmmmm...maybe the UNC fans are the jealous ones of an undertalented team going above expectations while their super recruits can't even do better than .500 in the ACC! How's that for truth?
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    Keep on talking trash talking about how ECU was going to get beat down. I heard the same spew of garbage last year when N.C. State came into town, when we played #17 Virginia Tech and #8 West Virginia back to back weeks. I heard the same garbage when we played #12 Miami at Miami in 1996 and #3 Miami in Raleigh in 1999. I also heard that when we played #14 Boise State in Hawaii. I heard this garbage every time, but yet we still won and made lots of these cowardly bozos shut their trash talking large mouths. Face it trash talking cowards, your trash talking is nothing more than pure ignorance and stupidity. That saying, it's going to be really tough to win this game as South Carolina has what it takes to win the national championship if all cylendars click right for them. They have a great shot at going undefeated. That saying, I'll be in Charlotte with my purple and gold and yelling out GO PIRATES.
  • by Guru on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:23 AM
    South Carolina will score a bunch against the lousy ECU defense. I'm thinking the score will be SC 55 ECU 27.
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