Coming off the best season in the past decade, ECU is definitely poised to repeat their success from last season. Senior QB Shane Carden is a legitimate Heisman candidate, and the most prolific Wide Receiver in ECU history (Justin Hardy) will also be back for his senior season. Moving from C-USA to the American is a step up in competition, but this is likely the best team ECU has fielded in many years. Could be a special season!!
(10-2) (7-1 AMERICAN CONF)
NC Central - W - Easy win. ECU rolls.
@ South Carolina - L - Can't wait to get the Gamecocks in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium... but for now, they'll probably be too much in Columbia.
@ Virginia Tech - W - VT is breaking in a brand new QB... and they BARELY escaped ECU with a victory last season. Pirates will be better, Hokies should be worse. Lane Stadium is a factor, but ECU is accustomed to playing in big venues, and won't shrink.
North Carolina - W - This one could go either way. ECU flat out DOMINATED the Heels in Chapel Hill last season, and this one is in Greenville. Dowdy-Ficklen will be ROCKING the Pirates to a win.
SMU - W - SMU fans are looking for June Jones to be fired. Program is in a tailspin. Easy win.
@ South Florida - W - Great recruiting class for USF this season, but all those freshmen won't be able to patch USF's holes this season. They'll be back, but not this year.
UCONN - W - UCONN is awful.
@ Temple - W - Temple is awful.
@ Cincinnati - L - I think our first "big boy" game in the AAC will see a lot of jitters from the Pirates. Just have a bad feeling about this one.
Tulane - W - Revenge for last year's 3OT loss in New Orleans that nearly derailed our season.
@ Tulsa - W - Tulsa is arguably the worst team in the AAC.
UCF - W - No more Blake Bortles or Storm Johnson. UCF never wins in Greenville. Senior night, night game, national TV... Pirates will be out for blood.
For God's sake... I would rather have ANYBODY at this point. That way, it will give me several months to rationalize why it was a good pickup and lie to myself until I'm convinced we won't suck next year.
If we finish the offseason without signing a big name WR... Gettleman should be fired. This is mismanagement 101. He loses tons of credibility with the handling of Smitty as it is... but you cut our best WR and don't replace him? Then you suck and you should be gone.
So... let me get this straight. We're blasting MKG and calling him a bust who has met his ceiling, and can't play defense... we're saying these things because Lebron James, arguably the best player to ever play the game, scored 61 points? Did you see people say that Reggie Miller was a terrible defender because Michael Jordan dropped 50+? Let's cut the kid some slack. He's what... 19 freaking years old?? To say he has reached his full potential shows that some of you know absolutely nothing about basketball.
Many of those points Lebron scored were well defended by MKG. It was just one of those nights where the best player in the NBA couldn't be stopped. I don't care if you put Charles Barkley & Paul George on him. He was going to get his.
That said... I don't want to see Miami in the 1st round. I don't know how many folks on here reasonably expect the Bobcats to win their 1st round playoff series... it's not likely. But damn it, it's fun to think about the NBA playoffs potentially returning to Charlotte!! '08 was an amazing year, and even though we got swept, it was the first time in a long time that Charlotte embraced the team.