BYU, East Carolina set series

BYU and East Carolina have agreed to a two-game series in 2017 and 2018, the schools announced Wednesday.

The Cougars will travel to Greenville, N.C., in 2017 and will then host the Pirates in Provo in 2018.

“We’re excited about this series with East Carolina. It allows both schools to have a unique travel experience and play very good competition,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. “Our football team has never played in North Carolina, so I’m excited that BYU fans in that part of the country will have an opportunity to see our team play in person.”

Added East Carolina athletic director Terry Holland in a statement: “BYU’s national athletic profile and the beauty of the campus and surrounding area make both of these games ones that every Pirate will want to see — here in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium as well as at LaVell Edwards Stadium. This series will provide first-class football and terrific sportsmanship for all Pirate and Cougar fans. This is a relationship that we would like to continue in the future, possibly with competitions in other sports.”