Last week, ECU Athletic Director Jon Gilbert said a decision was coming regarding the date of the Pirate’ season opening football game against Marshall. On the books for Aug. 29 as part of college football’s Week 0 slate of games, cancellations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic made it possible for both schools to slide that contest back. to Sept. 12.

“I appreciate Mike Hamrick and Marshall for working with us to move the game,” Gilbert said in a release. “We continue to work with university, local and state health officials for guidance on fans in attendance. We will communicate with Pirate Nation in a timely manner when more information becomes available.”

ECU was originally scheduled to play South Carolina on the road on Sept. 12, as Marshall was set to play Pittsburgh in Huntington. With the SEC and ACC limiting or outright canceling non-conference games this season, the date opened up for both schools and now provides additional preparation time for both programs.

“Depending on when the game gets moved to, if it gets moved, I think we would evaluate the next couple of weeks and maybe take more of a — not a spring practice — but more of a that kind of approach as far as not practicing every single day,” head football coach Mike Houston said last week. “Having some days in there where they just train with (Strength and Conditioning Director) Big John (Williams Jr.) and the strength and conditioning staff. I think it would allow us to take our time a little bit right now in getting them into shape.”

The Pirates have been participating in preseason camp since July 31 and have their second scrimmage of the summer scheduled for today.

A kick-off time and television broadcast information has not yet been determined for the game.

After welcoming Marshall to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Sept. 12, the Pirates are scheduled to open conference play against UCF on Sept. 24 in Greenville, North Carolina. Georgia State represents ECU’s first road game of 2020 on Oct. 3 before conference play begins in earnest on Oct. 10.

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