By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The East Carolina Pirates have fired head coach Scottie Montgomery. He will not coach the team in their season finale on Saturday.
The school has a mutual agreement with Montgomery to leave now. Defensive coordinator David Blackwell will serve as the interim head coach.
The Pirates face the North Carolina Wolfpack on December 1st. This game was rescheduled to December after being postponed in September due to Hurricane Florence.
“As much as we would have liked the outcome to be different, the progress of a program is ultimately measured by its competitiveness, win total and championships,” ECU chancellor Cecil P. Staton said. “It is our decision to move in a different direction with new leadership.
“He cared deeply for his players, was an outstanding mentor, and always focused on the word ‘student’ in student-athlete. We wish him all the best.”
In three seasons, Montgomery went 9-26. This season, the team went 3-8, including 1-7 within the American Athletic Conference.
The Pirates defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels on September 8th with a 41-19 win. They then lost to the USF Bulls, 20-13, on September 22nd.
East Carolina defeated the Old Dominion Monarchs 37-35 on September 29th. The team then lost five straight games, before pickuping up a 55-21 win over the Connecticut Huskies on November 17th.
In Montgomery’s final game with the team, the Pirates were defeated 56-6 by the Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday, November 23rd.
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