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ECU Football team enters the field during a game. 

The East Carolina University football team ended the first half of its spring practice schedule and has announced a home-and-home series in 2027 and 2028 with Wake Forest University.

ECU and Wake Forest will play at Dowdy-Ficklen stadium on Sept. 11, 2027 and again at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem on Sept. 23, 2028. Wake Forest is the first announced opponent for ECU in 2027, while joining Boise State University and Georgia State University for the 2028 non-conference schedule.

The announcement comes following the team wrapping up its second week of spring practice on Friday. Coach Montgomery gave some encouraging words on how the team has been developing.

"We're getting better," Montgomery said. "Collectively, I feel like we've gotten off to a good start this spring, but there's still a lot of work to do. I can't question our effort or our focus, and because of that, there's been a level of improvement that's visible.”

Wednesday’s and Friday’s practice were similar, with team periods focusing on the team’s run and pass packages as well as first-and-10 situational snaps. Last week completed the first half of ECU’s team practice schedule, which focused on detailed install and fundamental emphasis for individual and team-on-team drills. ECU will get a nine-day break, before it returns to the field for the third week of practice on Monday. It will then have eight days of contact work left with more chances to figure out the depth chart, including its two scrimmages on March 17 and March 24.

In addition to the conclusion of practice, ECU had two changes to coaching titles. David Mackie on defense and Louis Swaba on offense, formerly quality control coordinators, are now senior defensive analyst and offensive analyst.

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