Messiah Rice dismissed from ECU football program

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - ECU junior offensive lineman Messiah Rice has been dismissed from the football program for a violation of athletics department policy according to an announcement from head football coach Scottie Montgomery prior to the Pirates’ contest at Houston on Saturday.

Rice has played in six games this season, starting the last five at the left tackle position. He has opened 15 of 19 career contests dating back to his redshirt freshman season in 2015.

Montgomery indicated sophomore D’Ante Smith would be the probable replacement for Rice during ECU’s American Athletic Conference matchup against the Cougars.