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Ex-Tennessee line coach Don Mahoney takes same job at East Carolina

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Head coach Scottie Montgomery has added a veteran assistant with SEC experience to his East Carolina coaching staff, announcing Wednesday that Don Mahoney has been hired as his new offensive line coach.

From 2013-16, Mahoney served as the line coach for the Tennessee Volunteers.  The longtime assistant spent the 2017 season at a Div. II program in West Virginia.

“Don’s wealth of experience and expertise is synonymous with a foundation we need to have in place on the offensive side of the ball here,” a statement from Montgomery said. “His background features a strong association of development and depth, two qualities which are crucial to the growth, balance and success of our unit.”

Prior to his time on Rocky Top, Mahoney was the line coach for three years at Cincinnati (2010-12).  He also coached the line during stops at Central Michigan (2007-09) and Tulane (1999-2006).

East Carolina names former Pirates player David Blackwell as new DC

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David Blackwell is the latest coach to show that, when it comes to college football, you can indeed go home again.

East Carolina announced Thursday morning that Blackwell has accepted the job as Scottie Montgomery‘s new defensive coordinator.  Blackwell replaces Kenwick Thompson, who was demoted from the post two weeks into the 2017 regular season.

Blackwell was an offensive lineman for the Pirates in the early nineties, and began his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant at ECU.

“While David’s credentials speak volumes about his accomplishments on the defensive side of the ball, his endearment for this program and ingrained Pirate spirit is unequivocal,” Montgomery said in a statement. “We’re excited to welcome him home and ready to embrace a new era of relentless pursuit that uniquely ties into our past.”

Blackwell comes his alma mater from Jacksonville State, where he spent the past four seasons as the FCS program’s coordinator.  He also served as the Gamecocks’ linebackers coach

Prior stops in Blackwell’s 20-year coaching career include USF (co-coordinator, linebackers coach), Clemson (linebackers) and Pitt (linebackers).

Washington State among future series announced by Boise State

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It was quite the busy day on the scheduling front for Boise State.

Boise announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement on a handful of future home-and-home series.  The most noteworthy of the four is Washington State, with the two teams set to meet Sept. 19, 2026, in Pullman and then again Sept. 27, 2027, in Boise.

The Broncos and Cougars completed a home-and-home series earlier this year, and have met four other times.  After splitting that series, Wazzu now owns a 5-1 edge in the miniseries.

“We are pleased to continue our series with Boise State beginning in 2026,” WSU said in a statement. “Our goal is to always add quality, nonconference opponents to our schedule that our fan base enjoys. I expect the same excitement that the last two seasons have generated to continue when the series resumes.”

In addition to Wazzu, Boise also added future home-and-homes against Houston (2021 and 2024), East Carolina (2026 and 2028) and Georgia Southern (2020 and 2024).

“As we set out to fill our future schedules, our primary goal was to find balance that provides the best opportunity for our program to be successful,” Boise athletic director Curt Apsey said in his statement. “We wanted to find home games that would excite our fan base, and allow our team to be in the national conversation each season.”

East Carolina suspends punter charged with drunk-driving, fleeing

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Punters are players too. And apparently drinkers and, in this case, runners as well.

According to multiple media outlets, East Carolina’s Austin Barnes (pictured, No. 17) was arrested on a handful of charges very early Sunday morning following an attempted traffic stop and apparent chase. Specifically, the senior punter was charged with driving under the influence, fleeing/eluding arrest and having no operator’s license.

No details of what led to the arrest and charges have been released.

As a result of the suspension, Barnes has been suspended by Scottie Montgomery. Below is a statement attributed to the head coach:

Representing East Carolina University is a privilege and any behavior that’s not in accordance with that is unacceptable. We have conduct standards and expectations in place for our program for a reason and it’s disappointing when individuals choose not to be accountable for their teammates, especially those who are perceived to be in leadership roles.

As Barnes is in his final season of eligibility, and as the three-win Pirates can’t become bowl-eligible, this ends the collegiate portion of the booter’s collegiate playing career.

With a 44-yard average, Barnes currently leads the AAC and is 19th nationally in yards per punt. Barnes came to ECU s a graduate transfer from Eastern Michigan.

(Tip O’ the Cap: ArrestNation.com)

BYU, East Carolina add two games to football series in 2022 and 2024

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If you wanted to see BYU and East Carolina play some more football, congrats because this is your lucky day.

Prior to the Cougars’ trip to Greenville this week, the two schools announced on Thursday that they will be adding another two game set to their ongoing series. As these schedule announcements usually do, the dates are well into the future — with a game in Provo for Oct. 15, 2022 between the two teams and a return date for Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium back east on Oct. 19, 2024.

“We have enjoyed the opportunity to play teams from the American Athletic Conference, including the current series with East Carolina,” BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe said in a release. “ECU is a great matchup and it was an easy decision to schedule another series with them. It provides our team with a unique travel opportunity, and it gives Cougar fans who live in the southeast another opportunity to see us play.”

The two sides are wrapping up the first two game series on Saturday as BYU travels to East Carolina in a game where the teams combined record is a whopping 2-12. The Cougars won 45-38 last year in Utah during the first meeting.

The upcoming series gives ECU three non-conference opponents for both 2022 and 2024 as a result, and becomes the first team scheduled by BYU for the 2024 slate.