Pack to Battle Pirates

Today’s News & Observer shares the news that we already knew — NC State and East Carolina will be doing more battle on the gridiron in the coming years.

“NCSU senior associate athletics director David Horning confirmed that State will play the Pirates in Raleigh in 2007 and 2013 and in Greenville in 2010 and 2016.”

Most recently, Pitt was added to the Wolfpack’s schedule for a home and home series to take place anytime between 2008 and 2012.

Tentative Non-Conference Football Opponents:

2006: Akron, Appalachian State, @ Southern Miss

2007: ECU, @ UConn

2008: @ Tennessee, Pitt/@ Pitt?

2009: @ Notre Dame, Pitt/@ Pitt?

2010: Notre Dame, @ ECU, Cincinnati, Pitt/@ Pitt?

2011: Tennessee, Pitt/@ Pitt?, @ Cincinnati


2013: ECU

2016: @ ECU

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5 Responses to Pack to Battle Pirates

  1. BJD95 06/23/2005 at 8:27 AM #

    Once again, the opportunity is PERFECT to add the South Carolina Gamecocks to the 2006 and 2007 schedule. If it goes well (and it will), pick it up again when the Pitt/Tennessee/ND games run out.

    But if everything breaks as I fear it will, the 2006 and 2007 schedules have the chance to be bad enough to make Bill Snyder (Kansas State head coach, for those who don’t know the name) blush.

    The worst thing about the ECU games is the potential to keep us from scheduling decent home-and-home series every year. At least, assuming the athletic department will NEVER agree to have a home slate of less than 7 games a year. I’ll hope for the best, but expect the worst.

  2. Jeff 06/23/2005 at 8:39 AM #

    I would disagree about the Bill Snyder comment because of the perspective of the entire schedule. Snyder doesn’t go out and schedule Ohio State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Pitt, and VPI (before they joined the ACC).

    K-State has OU, Texas, &/or Nebraska (but doesn’t play them all each year). Texas Tech, Colordao and A&M occassionally provide solid competition…but, recently these “6” (whom K-State doesn’t play every year) as a group have not been that challenging after the first 2 or 3. The Big 12 has a HUGE drop-off after this, whereas the ACC is much stronger in the middle than the Big 12.

    IMHO, Clemson, Maryland, State, Boston College, Virginia provide enough balance and challenge with games #4-#9 on our schedule that we deserve to be more prudent about gettnig some W’s with our OOC schedule.

    Ultimately, however…I TOTALLY AGREE about the opportunity to play South Carolina. It would be wonderful.

  3. BJD95 06/23/2005 at 1:49 PM #

    Of course, when the ACC expanded, the only team we committed to playing EVERY year was Boston College. Plus, the new teams now make the ACC a power conference equal to the Big 12 (agree it’s more balanced), but not necessarily a stronger one, year in and year out. So, if making fun of Snyder’s schedules is warranted, so would our schedules in 2006 and 2007, if we just add cupcakes.

  4. Trout 06/24/2005 at 7:33 AM #

    You guys think politics played any part in this for UNC and NC State?

  5. Jeff 06/24/2005 at 10:57 AM #

    Of course politics is a big issue here…but, in this case, I believe that — others have only the amount of power that you allow them to have.

    Maybe I am wrong…but I feel like the political “pressure” for State and Carolina to play ECU is (1) exaggerated and (2) not that big of a deal to most.

    10-15 years ago, this ECU movement had legislative names and faces attached to them – like Ed Warren from Pitt county and John (I forgot the other guy) from New Bern. These were selfish pet projects of these guys who were willing to risk political capital on the issue.

    As misguided ast there initiative was…and embarassingly off-base as their analysis to promote it was…at least ECU could spin their program is worthy of mention. This stature & perspective certainly didn’t hurt their push.

    In today’s environment…ECU is so far off the radar that they have no “football clout” to have much political power. Additionally, I don’t know any legislators publicly taking up this mantle and making that big of a deal of it.

    CTC has made it clear that he is not in favor of the scheduling.

    I fear that this is just another manifestation of our Athletics Director’s fatal flaw of not wanting to take a stand on any issue that may offend anyone (outside of the peon NC State fans that he already sits on top of). Fowler is is not from around here and doesn’t have any true historical understanding of the issue….so, when he starts to hear that “some politicians” would like for us to do the scheduling…then he certainly isn’t going to stand up and say, “No. Wasting a non-conference game playing in Greenville, NC is not in the best interest of NC State”.

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