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GREENVILLE, NC - SEPTEMBER 05:  A general view of the Appalachian State Mountaineers versus the East Carolina Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Greenville, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Flooding forces East Carolina to reschedule game vs. Navy


The lasting impact of Hurricane Matthew will continue to affect the college football schedule this week. East Carolina has already announced it will have to reschedule this week’s game against Navy due to flooding expected in Greenville and the surrounding region this week.

“Based on the latest information and projections we have received regarding the rising water level and subsequent adverse travel conditions in eastern North Carolina the remainder of the week, we feel it is necessary to ensure the safety of everyone involved,” ECU Director of Athletics Jeff Compher said in a released statement. “We are thankful for our colleagues at the U.S. Naval Academy for their compassion and understanding to assist us with this situation. Additionally, we are appreciative of American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco and his staff for their support throughout this process.”

Because flooding is expected to be an issue through Saturday, the game being pushed back from its original Thursday night to two days later was not an option. Instead, the two schools have moved their game to November 19. Both schools had open dates on the schedule that weekend. A specific kickoff time will be announced later.

ECU’s Nyhre Quinerly dismissed after arrest for stealing a car

COLUMBIA,SC - SEPTEMBER 17: Head Coach Scottie Montgomery of the East Carolina Pirates looks at the scoreboard as his team huddles on the sidelines during the first half of the their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 17, 2016  in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Mary Ann Chastain/ Getty Images)
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As you sip on your morning cup of coffee, how about some arrest news to jumpstart your morning?

Wednesday, East Carolina announced that it had dismissed Nhyre Quinerly from Scottie Montgomery‘s football program.  The school cited “disciplinary reasons” as the trigger for the dismissal.

However, WITN-TV in Greenville is reporting that Quinerly was arrested earlier Wednesday for stealing a car.  From the television station’s website:

Police say they were notified by a towing company this afternoon that they were in possession of a car stolen from University Park Apartments on August 28th.  The car’s tags were switched out with New Jersey plates that police say were stolen from another car at a local funeral home the next day.  The stolen car ended up being towed from another Greenville apartment complex because it didn’t have any parking permits.

Officers say the former football player told the towing company he owned the car and was met by detectives when he arrived to retrieve the vehicle.  Police say Quinerly lives at University Park Apartments where the car was stolen from.

“One of our top priorities is to promote responsible citizenship in our community and I emphasize those directives on a continual basis,” Montgomery said in a statement. “While this behavior is contrary to the progress we’ve made, I think how we respond to issues such as this will say more about our program than the actions of an individual who chose not to act in a responsible manner.”

A three-star member of ECU’s 2015 recruiting class, Quinerly was rated as the No. 123 cornerback in the country and the No. 43 player at any position in the state of Virginia.  After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, he has played in five games this season, with all of his action coming on special teams.


ESPN affiliate won’t broadcast ECU’s next game because of band’s Week 5 anthem protest

GREENVILLE, NC - SEPTEMBER 05:  A general view of the Appalachian State Mountaineers versus the East Carolina Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Greenville, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Colonial Media and Entertainment, which owns and operates an ESPN affiliate radio station in Fayetteville, announced Tuesday that it has chosen not to air East Carolina’s game against USF this Saturday, the company announced in a press release.

Prior to ECU’s game last Saturday against UCF, more than a dozen members of the school’s marching band either knelt or didn’t play their instruments during the playing of the national anthem, continuing the string of protests that have gained steam the past several weeks.  In the release, CME stated that not airing ECU’s game this weekend is an attempt to “protest the protest,” and after “taking a knee” for the game they will resume broadcasts of Pirates games the remainder of the season.

Company chairman/CEO Jeff Andrulonis said he “fully supports the rights of the band members to protest,” the release read, “but they need to understand that the US Constitution’s ‘freedom of speech’ protections gives them freedom to speak without fear of the government but not the right to say or do whatever they want with no repercussions.”

“The band members could have quietly protested in the early morning hours before the game.  But that would’ve required them to wake up early,” a statement attributed to Andrulonis began. “So instead they chose to make a spectacle of themselves in front of the big crowd at Dowdy-Ficklen.  They’re college students and it’s about time they got an education on the concept that their actions have consequences.”

Andrulonis added that the band members who took part in the “shameful” protest “disgraced themselves,” and that every sponsor he has spoken to supports the boycott of this weekend’s game.

Monday afternoon, prior to the decision not to air the upcoming game, ECU athletic director Jeff Compher released a statement addressing the situation.

We are working with the University and the School of Music in response to the incident with the band prior to the game on Saturday. While the Marching Band does not report to Athletics, we do count on them to be an important part of the game day experience.

There are ongoing conversations with the University, the School of Music and the band, and we are confident that there will be a positive resolution for future games.

Our football program relies on the passion of our fan base and we will continue to proudly lead our team out of the tunnel with the American Flag for each and every game.

Sackless in South Bend: Irish lone remaining FBS team without a sack

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And then there was one.

Entering Week 4, Nevada and Notre Dame were the lone FBS teams that had yet to register a sack during the first quarter of the 2016 season.  Midway through the second quarter of the game against Purdue today, however, Nevada’s Korey Rush sacked David Blough for a four-yard loss.

With Notre Dame not playing until 3:30 ET this afternoon (on NBC), that leaves the Irish standing alone as the only sackless team left at the FBS level.

Ironically enough, Purdue entered today’s game as one of five FBS teams, along with East Carolina, Northern Illinois, Texas State and West Virginia, that had recorded just one sack on the year.  And, for those who are curious, Florida came into Week 4 leading the nation in sacks with 16.

No. 2 in that category?  The Irish’s opponent this afternoon, the Blue Devils (tied with Ball State).

UPDATED 6:11 p.m. ET: And then there were none.

Early in the third quarter of the game with Duke, Nyles Morgan sacked Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones, giving the Irish their first sack of the season 14 quarters after it started.

East Carolina’s Zay Jones just misses single-game FBS record for receptions in loss to South Carolina

Eastern Carolina's Zay Jones dives into the end zone tailed by Western Carolina's Tra Hardy during an NCAA college football game in Greenville, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (Joe Pellegrino/The Daily Reflector via AP)
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It looked like Oklahoma State’s James Washington would be challenging the single-game FBS record for receiving yards.  While that still may or may not happen — OSU-Pittsburgh is in a weather delay and Washington has 296 yards at the beginning of the fourth quarter — another FBS wide receiver came tantalizingly close to matching a little history in Week 3.

In East Carolina’s 20-15 loss to South Carolina, Zay Jones hauled in a staggering 22 receptions.  That number was just one off the single-game FBS record first set by UNLV’s Randy Gatewood in 1994 and matched by Eastern Michigan’s Tyler Jones during the 2008 season.

Jones had originally been credited with 23 receptions, although that was later amended as a catch was changed to a run.

Jones came into the game with 17 receptions this season.  His previous career-high was 14, which he accomplished twice in 2015 (loss to Florida, win over UCF).

The 22 receptions are more than the number of completions 17 teams had accumulated entering Week 3.