North Carolina could be without as many as a dozen players to start the season due to secondary violations filed with the NCAA, a source close to the program told ESPN.
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Gardner Minshew, who started five games at quarterback for East Carolina last season, is transferring to Washington State, where he will be eligible immediately.
- UNC reports multiple secondary NCAA violations
- Ex-East Carolina QB Minshew to head to WSU
- ECU approves exit agreement for AD Compher
- Minshew withdraws from ECU to be with family
Jeff Compher, who ushered East Carolina into the AAC during his tenure as athletic director, will step down from his post May 1 after reaching an exit agreement.
East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery said "the door will certainly remain open" for Gardner Minshew to possibly return, after the quarterback withdrew from school Tuesday to deal with a family matter.
East Carolina hires David Blackwell from Jacksonville State as its defensive coordinator, after the Pirates finished last in the Bowl Subdivision in scoring defense (45 points per game) and total defense (541.7 yards).
Top-ranked Clemson once again dominated the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams released Tuesday.
Riley Ferguson threw for three touchdowns and Darrell Henderson scored twice and rushed for 122 yards as No. 17 Memphis dominated East Carolina 70-13 on Saturday in a tuneup for the American Athletic Conference championship game.
FPI sees Tigers staying hot
Memphis has won six straight since its Sept. 30 loss at UCF and has averaged 50.8 points during its recent run. These two schools haven't met since 2012, and the Pirates own a seven-game series winning streak.
Gardner Minshew threw for a career-high 444 yards and four touchdowns, Trevon Brown accounted for a school record 270 yards receiving and two touchdowns and East Carolina handled Cincinnati 48-20 on Saturday.
Dontrell Hilliard ran for a career-high 189 yards and Jonathan Banks scored the winning touchdown in overtime as Tulane beat East Carolina 31-24 on Saturday night.
D'Eriq King threw for three touchdowns and ran for a score, the Cougars converted three turnovers into scores, and Houston became bowl eligible, beating East Carolina 52-27 on Saturday.
Backup quarterback Gardner Minshew threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes and Jake Verity nailed four field goals as East Carolina pulled away for a 33-17 victory over BYU on Saturday night to snap a three-game skid.
McKenzie Milton threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and No. 22 UCF also got touchdowns on defense and special teams in a 63-21 rout of East Carolina on Saturday night.
John Gutekunst, who coached special teams at East Carolina in 2009, is returning to ECU as a defensive analyst under coach Scottie Montgomery.
Logan Marchi threw for 321 yards for his first career 300-yard game and had two touchdowns passes to help Temple top East Carolina 34-10 on Saturday.