The East Carolina Pirates Football Schedule (ECU) features games against BYU, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. The Pirates ' season opener against James Madison will mark the third time in history that ECU will face the defending Football Championship. The East Carolina Pirates are a college football team that represents East Carolina University The team is a member of the American Athletic Conference, which History · Rivalries · Other notable series · Statistics and records. The first victory in school history came against Campbell on November 11, ECU has rolled to a collective mark against the CougarsGreen Wave and Tigers in the last 10 years. East Carolina Pirates football. Nov 18 Sat TBA The building opened its doors to ECU student-athletes in June and was dedicated on September 13, All times are in Eastern Time.