In a joint press release, BYU and East Carolina announced that the two school have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series.
The Cougars will travel to Greenville in 2017 for the first game, while the Pirates will return the travel favor to Provo in 2018. The specific time and dates will be set at a future point in time.
“We’re excited about this series with East Carolina. It allows both schools to have a unique travel experience and play very good competition,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. “Our football team has never played in North Carolina, so I’m excited that BYU fans in that part of the country will have an opportunity to see our team play in person.”
“BYU’s national athletic profile and the beauty of the campus and surrounding area make both of these games ones that every Pirate will want to see – here in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium as well as at LaVell Edwards Stadium,” Holmoe’s ECU counterpart Terry Holland said. “This series will provide first-class football and terrific sportsmanship for all Pirate and Cougar fans. This is a relationship that we would like to continue in the future, possibly with competitions in other sports.”
The 2017 game will mark the first time the two schools have faced each other on a football field.