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East Carolina University versus North Carolina State University football players

In-state rivals East Carolina University and No. 24 ranked North Carolina State University have agreed to a possible 12th game at noon inside of Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh on Dec. 1, on the condition that neither school is playing in its conference championship game.

The two schools also announced games in 2025 (Raleigh) and 2028 (Greenville) to go along with the previously scheduled 2019 and 2022 matchups.

"The opportunity to extend the football series with NC State is of great importance to ECU, the region and our fan base," ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton said. "We had to make that decision Monday in order to formalize an agreement to capitalize on this opportunity and we are pleased that we could bring this to formal contract."

ECU canceled its game at Virginia Tech on Sept. 15 due to Hurricane Florence, citing “imminent safety concerns.” NC State had its home game against West Virginia canceled for Florence as well, leaving both schools with a need to fill a 12th game in its schedule.

"This replacement game makes sense for both schools," NC State Director of athletics Debbie Yow said in a statement. "NC State lost a home game and ECU lost a road game due to Hurricane Florence. We're pleased to be able to secure this twelfth game for both our fans and our team."

Both the American Athletic Conference and the Atlantic Coastal Conference hold their conference championship games on Dec. 1.

ECU is currently 2-2 (0-1 AAC) and NC State is 4-0 (1-0 ACC). ECU heads to Philadelphia for a matchup with Temple on Saturday, while NC State hosts Boston College.

Additionally on Tuesday, head coach Scottie Montgomery said that junior defensive back Tim Irvin had been dismissed from the team for conduct detrimental to the team, as well as Keyshawn Canady had quit the team and will seek a transfer.

Irvin played in eight games for the Pirates, recording 34 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Canady appeared in 11 games, recording 13 tackles.

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