Wolfpack, Pirates To Play In 2006?

According to officials at both schools, discussions are underway for NC State to play East Carolina in 2006.

Tom McClellan, Director of Media Relations at East Carolina, did confirm that both programs are talking about playing next season.

"I know the two schools are talking," McClellan said. "That's about where it is. It could all be off, I have no idea, but I know they want to renew the series again.

"East Carolina has already agreed to three meetings versus NC State. What was originally on the docket for what we released in June was for NC State to play ECU in 2007, 2010, and 2013. I know that the two sides are talking to maybe alter one of the games and play next year, but nothing has been decided permanently."

Currently East Carolina has non-conference games at Virginia Tech, at Navy, and home dates with Virginia and West Virginia set for 2006.

However, one of those games could be pushed back so the Pirates can play NC State, who is still searching for a 12th opponent to face next season.

NC State Senior Associate AD David Horning also confirmed the discussions, but can't comment any further until a contract is finalized.

"There have been some discussions, but I would just say stay tuned," Horning told Pack Pride. "That's all I can say because of contractual issues."

The Wolfpack's 2006 non-conference schedule currently consists of a game at Southern Mississippi and home matchups against Akron and Appalachain State.

According to sources, should NC State finalize the game with East Carolina it would be played in Raleigh at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Series Notes: N.C. State leads East Carolina 14-9 all-time in a series which dates back to 1970. The Wolfpack won last year's contest 52-14 Nov. 27 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. East Carolina set an all-time single-game attendance record during NCSU's only visit to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (50,092 on Nov. 20, 1999/ECU 23, N.C. State 6).

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