East Carolina University released its 2009 football schedule Wednesday and the Pirates will face seven bowl participants, including Atlantic Coast Conference champion Virginia Tech in a Thursday night game in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
ECU also meets West Virginia, North Carolina and Appalachian State as part of its non-conference schedule. The Pirates also have a Tuesday night game and a Sunday night game. Half their 12 games are in Greenville.
Here is the complete schedule with everything but game times which aren't announced until a week before the games in most cases.
2009 EAST CAROLINA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 5 - APPALACHIAN STATE
Sept. 12 - at West Virginia
Sept. 19 - at North Carolina
Sept. 26 - *UCF
Oct. 3 - *at Marshall
Oct. 10 - *at SMU
Oct. 17 - *RICE
Oct. 27 - *at Memphis (ESPN/Tue.)
Nov. 5 - VIRGINIA TECH (ESPN/Thurs.)
Nov. 15 - *at Tulsa (ESPN/Sun.)
Nov. 21 - *UAB
Nov. 28 - *SOUTHERN MISS
Dec. 5 - C-USA Championship Game (ESPN)
*Conference USA game