GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina and South Carolina will renew a
football series which features 15 prior meetings and dates back to 1977
with a five-game agreement beginning in 2011 and ending in 2016
according to a joint announcement made by the two schools Friday.
Three of the five games will take place in the state of North Carolina
as the Pirates and Gamecocks will meet in Charlotte in 2011 and 2014
before taking the series back to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville
during the 2015 season. South Carolina will host ECU at Williams-Brice
Stadium in Columbia in 2012 and 2016.
As part of the agreement, Raycom Sports secured operating rights for the
two contests scheduled to be played in Charlotte. While the dates are
still tentative based on the availability of Bank of America Stadium
from the Carolina Panthers' National Football League schedule, the
Pirates will serve as the visiting team on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011
before acting as the home team three years later on Saturday, August 30,
"We look forward to resuming our football relationship with South
Carolina," ECU Executive Associate Athletics Director Nick Floyd said.
"These are games our fans look forward to with a great deal of
anticipation and will further complement our future non-conference
schedules which have previously been announced."
While the Gamecocks lead the overall series 10-5, the Pirates have
enjoyed the upper hand lately - winning three of the last four and five
of the last seven matchups beginning with a 31-20 triumph in 1991. The
two programs last met Sept. 18, 1999 at Williams-Brice Stadium where
East Carolina posted a 21-3 victory. However, the Pirates' stay in
Columbia lasted an additional week because of the flooding associated
with Hurricane Floyd in the Greenville area and ECU was extended workout
privileges on the South Carolina campus in preparation for its next game
against Miami (Fla.).
In all, 12 of the previous 15 meetings have taken place in Columbia
while East Carolina played host roles in 1985, 1991 and 1997. In
addition, the future games against South Carolina will mark a return of
Southeastern Conference opponents to the Pirates' schedule, which
includes prior contests against Alabama (1998), Auburn (1985, 1986,
1994), Florida (1983), Georgia (1990), Kentucky (1993), LSU (1981) and
East Carolina posted a 7-6 overall record last year, which marked the
program's highest win total since an 8-4 ledger in 2000. The Pirates
also made their first bowl appearance since 2001 when they accepted an
invitation to the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. ECU closed the
season by winning five of its last seven games and finished league play
with a 5-3 record to earn a second-place standing in Conference USA's
The Pirates have won two of the three prior contests played in
Charlotte, recording 50-29 and 30-23 victories over N.C. State and West
Virginia in 1996 and 1999, respectively, before falling to the Wolfpack
52-14 in 2004. In addition, East Carolina is scheduled to play Virginia
Tech at Bank of America Stadium to open the 2008 season.
South Carolina, led by third-year head coach Steve Spurrier, finished
8-5 last year and capped off the season with a win over Houston in the
AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis. The Gamecocks have played in two
straight bowls under Spurrier but have never played a football game in
The five-game contract with South Carolina enhances ECU's unprecedented
future non-conference scheduling agreements originally announced by
Holland in June, 2005 that features nine remaining meetings against
Virginia Tech, seven against N.C. State, four against North Carolina,
three against West Virginia and Navy and one more vs. Virginia. The
Hokies (four times), Wolfpack (three), Tar Heels (two), Midshipmen (two)
and Mountaineers (one) are scheduled to visit Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
either in 2007 or during future campaigns.