The kickoff time for East Carolina's non-conference contest against South Carolina, scheduled for Sept. 8 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, has been set for 12:21 p.m. (EDT) to accommodate a live SEC Network regional television broadcast according to an announcement from the Southeastern Conference Monday.
WITN 7.2 carries the complete SEC Network schedule but we will air this match-up on WITN 7.1.
The Pirates will open their road schedule of Ruffin McNeill's third season at the helm of the ECU program by playing the second game of a five-contest scheduling agreement with the Gamecocks that was announced in 2007 and extends through 2016.
The visit to Columbia will be ECU's first appearance at an SEC stadium 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 was 5-7 and stood third in Conference USA's East Division a year ago. The Pirates opened the campaign by dropping four of their first five contests before producing a 4-3 mark the remainder of the year and falling short of bowl eligibility for the first time since 2005.
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