BOONE — Appalachian State’s football team will restart its rivalry with East Carolina, according to multiple media outlets.
A press conference involving the two schools and the Charlotte Sports Foundation is scheduled for Jan. 17 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte to announce the details of the renewal of the series.
Details that have been leaked include that the first one of the games will be played at Bank of America Stadium and will be an unofficial home game for App State. Appalachian State will also play a home game in the series at Kidd Brewer Stadium, and two games at East Carolina. Financial details of the series have not been announced, but it’s likely that the home team of the games played at campus sites will keep the ticket revenue generated.
Even though the game at Bank of America Stadium is considered a home game for App State, the Mountaineers will still have six home games at Kidd Brewer Stadium that season.
The teams have played each other 31 times, but just two times since 1979, which was played in Boone and ended in a 38-21 East Carolina win. Appalachian State’s last game against East Carolina ended in a 35-13 Pirates victory in Greenville in 2012.
App State also fell to the Pirates 29-24 in Greenville in 2009. The teams have not played each other since App State made the switch to the FBS.
The teams played each other from 1948-62 and from 1972-79.
East Carolina plays in the East Division of the American Athletic Conference. The Pirates, who are coached by Scottie Montgomery, finished 3-9, 1-7 this season and lost eight of their last nine games.
Appalachian State finished 10-3 this season with losses to “power five” teams Tennessee (20-13 overtime) and Miami (45-10). App State went on to grab a share of the Sun Belt Conference championship and beat Toledo 31-28 in the Camellia Bowl.
One of the details that likely will be announced at the press conference is exactly when the series will be revived. East Carolina already has home nonconference games scheduled against James Madison, Virginia Tech and Brigham Young in 2017. East Carolina also plays at West Virginia and will play an eight-game conference schedule.
East Carolina also has four nonconference games scheduled for 2018, three scheduled for 2019 and three scheduled for 2020.
Appalachian State opens its 2017 season at Georgia on Sept. 2 and host Savannah State on Sept. 9. The Mountaineers host Wake Forest on Sept. 23 and play at Massachusetts on Oct. 28. App State also plays an eight-game conference schedule, giving them 12 games for 2017.
Appalachian State plays at Penn State and at Charlotte in 2018, and hosts Southern Miss and Gardner-Webb in 2018. The Mountaineers host East Tennessee State and Charlotte in 2019 and play at Wake Forest and host Massachusetts in 2020.