After facing four BCS opponents in its first six games, including two programs that were ranked among college footballâ€™s Top 25, East Carolina will return to Conference USA play for the remainder of the
2008 campaign beginning Saturday when the Pirates host Memphis at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. ECU will try to move its league record to 2-1 and bounce back from three straight setbacks suffered against N.C. State (30-24), Houston (41-24) and Virginia (35-20) after posting earlier triumphs against
No. 17 Virginia Tech (27-22), No. 8 West Virginia (24-3) and Tulane (28-24). The matchup against the Tigers will also close out East Carolinaâ€™s brief two-game October schedule and precede the Piratesâ€™ second bye week of the season.
Record â€“ 3-3 (.500); C-USA Record/East Division Standing â€“ 1-1 (.500)/2nd
East Division; Last 5 Games â€“ 2-3; Last 10 Games â€“ 6-4; Last 15 Games â€“ 10-5;
Memphis utilizes a spread offensive attack while employing a multiple 4-3 defensive
alignment. ECU will line up in a multiple offense and use a multiple look when defending.
SKIP HOLTZ (Notre Dame â€˜86) is 23-20 (.535) in his fourth season at East Carolina,
while overall, he is in year nine as a collegiate head coach with a 57-43 (.570) record.
TOMMY WEST (Tennessee â€˜76) is in his eighth season heading the football program
at Memphis and sports a 44-48 (.478) record. Overall, he is in his 14th year as a
collegiate head coach with a 79-83 (.488) mark. Prior to his appointment to the top UM
football position in 2001, West served as head coach at Chattanooga (1993) and
Clemson (1993-98), where he guided the Tigers to a 31-28 mark and three bowl game
appearances (â€˜95 Gator Bowl, â€˜96 and â€˜97 Peach Bowls). There’s that Clemson Tiger/Tommy West connection.
*****from ECU grad Big Jim Modlin, courtesy of Tom McClellan East Carolina Athletic Department*****