December 14th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

New ECU athletics director Jon Gilbert is inheriting a number of items at East Carolina – some good and bad. One of the biggest areas of concern is the Pirates’ relationship with long-time foe Virginia Tech going forward. It was just this past season in September when ECU backed out and cancelled a road game at Virginia Tech on its own due to safety concerns with Hurricane Florence bearing down on the east coast. The two schools had been in discussions throughout the week in regards to whether or not the game should be played. Virginia Tech wanted to wait until Wednesday, Sept. 12 to see the hurricane’s updated track before making a final call on the game in Blacksburg. But ECU officials, having dealt with similar storms that have ravaged Eastern North Carolina in the past, opted to take the precautionary route and cancel the game on its own. The Pirate football team then traveled to Florida to avoid getting stuck in the path of the storm ahead of the following weekend’s game at South Florida. – STEPHEN IGOE, 247sports – Read More

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