ECU Announces 2012 Football Schedule

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Contests against five bowl qualifiers, games versus a trio of programs that finished in the Top 25 and home matchups with Navy and Conference USA West Division champion Houston highlight East Carolina’s 2012 football schedule released Thursday by C-USA officials.

After the Pirates kick off the campaign Sept. 1 by renewing an in-state football rivalry with Appalachian State that covers 30 games and spans 80 years, ECU will open a three-game road swing that begins with a Sept. 8 trip to Columbia to face South Carolina.

It will be the Pirates’ first visit to a Southeastern Conference program since a 21-3 victory over the Gamecocks on Sept. 18, 1999. Head coach Steve Spurrier’s club ended the 2011 season ranked No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll after posting an 11-2 record and 30-13 victory over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.

East Carolina will continue its September journey by opening C-USA play against defending champion Southern Miss on Sept. 15 before closing out the trek by facing North Carolina on Sept. 22.

The Golden Eagles earned the league title last December after defeating Houston 49-28 and went on to top Nevada in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl to end the campaign with a 12-2 record and No. 19 ranking. In the Pirates' last meeting against USM in Hattiesburg, ECU came back to claim a 44-43 victory after trailing 20-0 in the first quarter.

East Carolina's short voyage to Chapel Hill will mark the fourth-straight season the two in-state programs have squared off. The Tar Heels finished last year with a 7-6 mark and fell to Missouri 41-24 in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl.

The Pirates will return to league action by welcoming UTEP to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for the first time since 2008 a week later to close out the month of September. C-USA East Division clashes against UCF, Memphis and UAB will follow on successive weeks before East Carolina wraps up non-conference play by hosting Navy on Oct. 27. The Pirates will try to even the four-game series after edging the Midshipmen 38-35 in Annapolis last fall.

Houston, which rolled to an unblemished 8-0 regular season league record on the way to a 13-1 overall mark in 2011, returns to Greenville on Nov. 3 for the first time since the 2009 C-USA Championship Game. The Cougars stood 14th in the final USA Today Coaches' Poll after their 30-14 win over No. 22 Penn State in the Ticket City Bowl.

Following an off week, East Carolina will travel to Tulane on Nov. 17 before wrapping up regular season play at home for the fifth time in the last six years when it meets Marshall on Nov. 24.

"It's pretty obvious we'll need to come of out the gate ready to go," third-year ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill said. "Although challenging, we're all excited to open the season against four teams that earned the right to go to the postseason. I like the way our Conference USA schedule is set up and consider it an honor to have Navy back at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium,"

The Pirates will play three of the last four and four of their last six at home after enduring identical stretches on the road to open the campaign. Additionally, half (six) of ECU's opponents in 2012 will feature first-year head coaches at their respective schools - Southern Miss, North Carolina, Memphis, UAB, Houston and Tulane.

Season ticket packages will go on-sale Wednesday, February 22. Fans who purchased season tickets in 2011 will receive their renewal application in mid-February with a priority deadline of April 1.

Sept. 1 - APPALACHIAN STATE
Sept. 8 - at South Carolina
Sept. 15 - *at Southern Miss
Sept. 22 - at North Carolina
Sept. 29 - *UTEP (FW)
Oct. 6 - *at UCF
Oct. 13 - *MEMPHIS (HC)
Oct. 20 - *at UAB
Oct. 27 - NAVY (MIL)
Nov. 3 - *HOUSTON (HOF)
Nov. 17 - *at Tulane
Nov. 24 - *MARSHALL (SD)

Home games in ALL CAPS; *Conference USA game; FW-Family Weekend, HC-Homecoming, MIL-Military Appreciation Day, HOF-Hall of Fame/Letterwinners Day, SD-Senior Day; Dates and designations subject to change pending finalization of television scheduling.


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  • by pirate_fan Location: greenville on Jan 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM
    I agree the games against App State are good for selling tickets here but thats it and must stop. You need to play either solid Div-1 teams or rival type games. We would have been better off playing NC State if we just want to sell tickets. Which I know i a huge thing as we are know nationally for selling and being a not-so well known school.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2012 at 07:57 PM
    Terry or "Coach" Holland as the nation calls him is not a crook as you insist. Coach Holland loves the Pirate Nation and is seen at every football game tailgateing with the nation. I have the utmost highest respect for the man. so get your facts straight before you open your mouth,, oh by the way AARRGGHH..
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
    0-12
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      by Sam on Jan 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM in reply to
      Says somebody who don't even watch football or know anything about football!
  • by D_nice Location: Manhattaan on Jan 27, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    They wil go undefeated and play LSU in the Orange Bowl.
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      by Sam on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM in reply to D_nice
      I wish I could say that, but that wont happen. South Carolina I highly expect to beat us out, especially with us being at their house, and those guys have a shot at a SEC championship and a national championship, especially if Alshon Jefferey returns for his senior year. 11-1 is the best our guys will do and 6-6 is the worst our guys will do.
  • by Petey Pirate on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:54 PM
    4 wins & the search for the new head coach begins. Keep patting ole Terry Holland on the back and telling him how much good he is doing. You people should be tearing holland apart and you cant see that the programs are going backwards. Holland is to ECU what Randy Parton was to Roanoke rapids.
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      by Sam-Kitty Hawk on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM in reply to Petey Pirate
      Holland to ECU as what Randy Parton is to Roanoke Rapids? Are you high on crack? I have an uncle who lives up in Roanoke Rapids, who by the way his wife went to ECU, and I'll tell you Randy Parton is a crook and a scum where as Terry Holland can be trusted and is a great guy as well as a great AD.
  • by Guru on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:17 PM
    4-8 This team is weak!
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      by Chuck on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:45 PM in reply to Guru
      This years ECU team is not weak.You are weak in the brain dept.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:07 PM
    Anybody who thinks that ECU will finish 5-7 at best is an idiot who knows nothing about college sports.
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      by Get real Sam on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:41 PM in reply to Sam
      This is coming from the guy who predicted a 9-3 season last year! HA HA HA!
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        by Sam on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:28 PM in reply to Get real Sam
        I NEVER predicted a 9-3 year last year. Where did you make this up at? You sure didn't get it from me. I said 7-5 or 6-6 as that would be a down year for ECU. I'll tell you like Terrell Suggs told Skip Bayless to do and that is to get your facts straight before you put words in someone's mouth.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:45 AM in reply to Sam
      I agree, they will be 4-8
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    ECU could possibly go undefeated at home this year. I'm saying 8-4, depending on how the next quarterback is. Losses to South Carolina, Southern Miss, Central Florida, and I'll say Navy! We better not have another losing season again. Also this better be the last time we play App State. That kind of game puts us in a lose-lose situation. A Sun Belt or MAC team would have been better to schedule. Also we BETTER beat UNC this this year. I'm sick and tired of the losses to those scums.
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      by Chuck on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:43 PM in reply to Sam
      Hi Sam, I Agree.The S Carolina game will be a loss,UNC will be a tough one & Probably a loss,Navy will be a tough team & Probably a loss(But A ECU Home game & Who knows?). I Think ECU will be ok in other 9 Games. So i am saying 8 to 9 wins & Maybe 10 wins if chips fall ECU'S way.To get 9-10 wins will mean ECU must beat UNC & Navy "It all depends on ECU Q-back.Who will it be & How good will he be? How good will offensive line be. If ECU is weak in these 2 areas it could be a long season.- Defense should be much better,New Special teams coach should make this area better,Running backs & Receivers are very talented. Houston lost Q-back & Has New Coach,C Fla is not going to be as good,& S miss lost davis the great Q-Back & New Coach.Navy will be seeking revenge for last years loss. Might be a very interesting year if ECU Q-Back is good,If Offensive line is good,& If ECU cuts back on Turnovers & Penaties. ECU better get it together in 2012 becuse 2013-2015 non-conference schedules are going to be tougher.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    ECU could possibly go undefeated at home this year. I'm saying 8-4, depending on how the next quarterback is. Losses to South Carolina, Southern Miss, Central Florida, and I'll say Navy! We better not have another losing season again. Also this better be the last time we play App State. That kind of game puts us in a lose-lose situation. A Sun Belt or MAC team would have been better to schedule. Also we BETTER beat UNC this this year. I'm sick and tired of the losses to those scums.
  • by Arggghhh on Jan 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
    8-4 is my prediction. Losses to SC, Houston, Southern Miss, and Navy. Trip to conference championship, and a loss to Houston. Bounce back and win whatever bowl game to finish 9-5. Fans will be happy with Ruff and the ship will be on track. Go Pirates!!
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      by Laughinig on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:17 PM in reply to Arggghhh
      What sad expectations you EZU fans have.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 05:38 AM in reply to Laughinig
        ... "sad" from a guy that can't spell "laughing". A degree from UNC- Chapel Wal-Mart?
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