Miami-ECU Set for ESPN2

ESPN and the BIG EAST Conference announced today that the University of Miami's football game with East Carolina University will be nationally televised on ESPN2 Saturday, September 13, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

The game will mark the 11th football meeting between the two schools with Miami holding an 8-2 advantage in the series. ECU has won the last two meetings in the series, including the most recent meeting between, a 27-23 victory over the Hurricanes on Sept. 25, 1999, at Raleigh, N.C.

With the addition of the Miami-ECU game to the television lineup, the Hurricanes are now guaranteed at least six nationally televised games this season including four by ESPN (at Louisiana Tech on Aug. 28, at Boston College on Sept. 20, vs. West Virginia at the Orange Bowl on Oct. 2 and at Virginia Tech on Nov. 1), one by ESPN2 (vs. ECU) and one by ABC (at Pittsburgh on Nov. 29).

Television plans have not been announced on Miami's games against Florida (Sept. 6 at the Orange Bowl), at Florida State (Oct. 11), versus Temple (Oct. 18 at the Orange Bowl), versus Tennessee (Nov. 15 at the Orange Bowl), versus Syracuse (Nov. 15 at the Orange Bowl), or versus Rutgers (Nov. 22 at the Orange Bowl).

Miami will enter the season opener the winner of 34 of its last 35 games and 39 of its last 41 contests dating back to late in the 1999 season. The Hurricanes were 12-1 last season with their only setback coming in a double-overtime loss to Ohio State at the Fiesta Bowl in the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game. The Hurricanes return 12 starters (6 offense, 6 defense) and 47 lettermen from the 2002 squad, including offensive stars in tight end Kellen Winslow, receiver Roscoe Parrish and defensive stalwarts in linebacker Jonathan Vilma, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and safety Sean Taylor. Both Winslow and Taylor were recently honored as members of Playboy magazine's prestigious Preseason All-America Team.

East Carolina enters the season off a 4-8 record in 2002. The Pirates went 4-5 in Conference USA but return 49 lettermen, including 15 starters (8 offense, 5 defense, 2 specialists). The 2003 season will mark the debut of new ECU head coach John Thompson, the former defensive coordinator at Florida.

Miami Hurricanes football tickets are on sale now. Fans may call 1-800-GO-CANES to speak with a ticket representative.

Miami Hurricanes 2003 Football Schedule

Date Opponent TV Time (Eastern)
Aug. 28 (Thur.) at Louisiana Tech ESPN 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 (Sat.) Florida TBA
Sept. 13 (Sat.) East Carolina ESPN2 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 (Sat.) *at Boston College ESPN 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 (Thur.) *West Virginia ESPN 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 (Sat.) at Florida State TBA
Oct. 18 (Sat.) *Temple TBA
Nov. 1 (Sat.) *at Virginia Tech ESPN 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8 (Sat.) Tennessee TBA
Nov. 15 (Sat.) *Syracuse TBA
Nov. 22 (Sat.) *Rutgers TBA
Nov. 29 (Sat.) *at Pittsburgh ABC 1 p.m.

All times are tentative and subject to change
*denotes BIG EAST Conference game

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