GREENVILLE, N.C. - Seven East Carolina football games, four at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and three on the road, are scheduled for live television coverage in 2011 according to Conference USA's release of initial broadcast selections Tuesday.
FOX Sports Networks, a new C-USA television partner, will air the Pirates' home opener against Virginia Tech on Sept. 10 - the network's first visit to Greenville for a contest since 2002 - and a pivotal league intra-divisional matchup against UCF on Nov. 19.
ECU will open the month of October with consecutive appearances on the CBS Sports Network when it hosts North Carolina on Oct. 1 and travels to C-USA rival Houston on Oct. 8. CBSSN will also carry the Pirates' final non-conference game of the season at Navy on Oct. 22.
Kickoff times have been established for all three of the CBSSN contests, including an 8 p.m. start time for East Carolina's battle against the Tar Heels. The Pirates will follow with 7 p.m. (ET) and 3:30 p.m. road kicks against the Cougars and Midshipmen, respectively.
In addition, league officials announced Comcast Sports South (CSS) will broadcast East Carolina's clash against Southern Miss from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Nov. 5 and Time Warner-El Paso will air the action from the Sun Bowl when the Pirates visit UTEP a week later.
ECU's local television package, which is coordinated by IMG College, and possible additional selections by FSN, CBSSN or other networks will be announced at a later date.
2011 ECU FOOTBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE (as of June 7)
09/10 Virginia Tech, TBA (FSN)
10/01 North Carolina, 8:00 p.m. (CBSSN)
10/08 at Houston*, 7:00 p.m. (CBSSN)
10/22 at Navy, 3:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
11/05 Southern Miss*, 12 noon (CSS)
11/12 at UTEP*, 8:05 p.m. (TW El Paso)
11/19 UCF*, TBA (FSN)
*Conference USA game; all times Eastern