East Carolina University, once an independent football program searching for opponents, is now a member of the American Athletic Conference. This school joined the Conference last year and did extremely well in its inaugural season.
In fact, the Pirates finished 2014 with an excellent Won-Loss record of 8-5. Their record against conference foes was also good. The Pirates won five of the eight games they played.
Head Coach Ruffin McNeill, now in his 6th year at the small school, traveled with his team to the Birmingham Bowl where it lost to the Florida Gators by a final score of 28-20.
Coach McNeill believes his squad has a bright future which will begin this year. His team got off to a very good start last Saturday, September 5th, when it beat Towson University in a season-opening home game by a score of 28-20.
East Carolina has five more home games on this year’s schedule. These include contests against Virginia Tech on September 26th, the University of Tulsa on October 17th, Temple University on October 22nd, the University of South Florida (USF) on November 7th and the Cincinnati Bearcats on November 28th.
The Pirates will face several tough opponents when they “hit the road.” It begins with a game today, September 12th, against the Florida Gators. The following Saturday, September 19th, the Pirates visit Annapolis to take on the Midshipmen of Navy.
Those two difficult opponents serve as “just an appetizer” for East Carolina. This team is also scheduled to travel to Utah where it will play against Brigham Young University (BYU) on October 10th, to the east coast on October 30th for a contest against the Huskies of the University of Connecticut and finally to the “Sunshine State” where a game against the University of Central Florida (UCF) is scheduled for November 19th.
A closer look at this team’s schedule reveals a listing of games that will be competitive for both teams. That means that the Pirates of East Carolina can finish the season with a bunch of wins or, if things go badly, a stack of losses.
Clearly, the new season promises to be exciting for the Pirates and, hopefully, successful, as well. However, the players can’t simply wish for good results. It is going to take strong play on the gridiron and probably a little bit of luck for good things to happen for this developing football program.
It is safe to say that Coach McNeill will keep his players interested, prepared and fully committed to winning. And if he’s successful at that, the East Carolina University Pirates will almost certainly find a good bowl game in their immediate future.
Courtesy of East Carolina University