2009 ECU Football Home Kickoff Times Announced

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Official kickoff times for all six of East Carolina's home games this fall were announced Monday and the schedule features a blend of early and late afternoon starts to accompany one nationally-televised night contest.

In addition, ECU's regional and local television packages were released which extends live broadcast coverage to at least 10 of 12 games in 2009. However, the Pirates' regular season finale, a home matchup against Southern Miss Nov. 28, could become the 11th contest aired after CBS College Sports makes its choice within a 12-day selection window during the week of Nov. 16.

Only East Carolina's battle at West Virginia, scheduled for Sept. 12 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, has not been assigned a start time or television designation.

The Pirates' season and home slate will open Sept. 5 against three-time Football Championship Subdivision national champion Appalachian State at 12 noon and will be carried by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) with local availability through NBC affiliate WITN-TV.

East Carolina will kickoff three of its four Conference USA home contests at 3:30 p.m., beginning with UCF on Sept. 26 and following with Rice (Oct. 17) and UAB (Nov. 21). WITN-TV will provide broadcast coverage of the league opener against the Knights, MASN will call the action against the Owls while both entities will air the Blazers' visit to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The Golden Eagles and Pirates will close out the month of November with a 1:00 p.m. start.

A nationally-televised Thursday night home contest against FedEx Orange Bowl winner Virginia Tech, set for a 7:30 kick on Nov. 5, is one of four regular season appearances on the ESPN family of networks that also includes road games at North Carolina (12 noon/Sept. 19), Memphis (8 p.m./Tuesday, Oct. 27) and Tulsa (8:15 p.m./Sunday, Nov. 15).

Additional road matchups at Marshall (Oct. 3) and SMU (Oct. 10) will be carried back live to Greenville by CBS College Sports and MASN/WITN-TV, respectively. The Pirates and Thundering Herd are scheduled for a 12 noon start from Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va., while action will begin at 8 p.m. during East Carolina's second-ever trip to Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas.

09/05 Appalachian State (MASN/WITN-TV), 12 noon
09/26 UCF (WITN-TV), 3:30 p.m.
10/17 Rice (MASN), 3:30 p.m.
11/05 Virginia Tech (ESPN), 7:30 p.m.
11/21 UAB (MASN/WITN-TV), 3:30 p.m.
11/28 Southern Miss, 1:00 p.m.
all times Eastern; times are still subject to change

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  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jun 24, 2009 at 03:29 PM
    Hello TPL, maybe ESPNU picks-up your ECU VS WV game. OFF topic but I must ask. What is wrong with the Calamity Jock? He stated that he's "officially divorced" from the Smash and Dash. His hunger for his own team identity is obviously too big for his britches... Needless to mention Jim Rome on his show came down hard on him for his comments.
  • by Bob Location: Winterville on Jun 20, 2009 at 08:57 PM
    R-False,I don't think anyone will listen to what you have to say! A bad season for ECU will be 7-5 but probably still win C-USA! I mean aren't you the nut that said Florida would crush Southern Miss in baseball? Anyway ECU's football program has become very good under Skip and should be better this season against a very good schedule.
  • by R-Truth on Jun 18, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    Quit crying ECU football fans. It doesn't matter if they play at 3:00 AM the Pirates will still get mauled by the competition!!!
  • by PirateFan Location: Greenville on Jun 16, 2009 at 07:00 PM
    I agree the noon times stink! Atmosphere is so much better at night. We have a great team. It is time we step up the stadium atmosphere this year. Maybe some new videos instead of the same old same old. Doesnt whoever do the videos look around the NFL and see what they do. What about a video to the song Renegade! Talk about pumping the crowd up!
  • by Pete Location: Greenville on Jun 16, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    Billy, the reason WITN isn't carrying those away games is because ESPN gets first pick of C-USA games, and they chose the Tulsa and Memphis away games. Then, CBS College Sports picks, and they chose the Marshall away game. There's a pecking order with the way the tv contracts work. The bottom line is that 10 out of 12 games will be on tv; with the West Virginia game having a good chance landing on one of the ESPN channels, and CBS College Sports having the ability to pick up the Southern Miss game. So, Pirate fans will still be able to watch the away games on tv. Great tv this year!
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Jun 16, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    Well, so far, only one away game remains to be picked up by a network, and that's the WV game. I'm sure that'll be picked up by someone soon. Ten out of 12 games, not counting the C-USA championship game will be televised in some fashion. That's pretty darn good.
  • by Billy Location: Ahoskie on Jun 16, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    Why is WITN not carrying any of the away games. That is a whole lot moe important than covering the home games which local ECU fans can attend.
  • by Pete Location: Greenville on Jun 15, 2009 at 09:00 PM
    WITN, How do you figure that? Could WITN have pre-empted the 3:30pm Notre Dame game that will air later that day? Because you are pre-empting the UConn-Notre Dame game on November 21st in order to show the UAB-ECU game at 3:30pm. You can pre-empt one, but not the other? Please explain. Thanks.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    6-6 season for the EZU football team.
  • by WITN on Jun 15, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    WITN did not determine the time of this game.
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