ECU holds first spring football practice 7 (copy)

East Carolina quarterback Mason Garcia, left, hands the ball Asa Barnes during practice, March 19.

GREENVILLE — East Carolina’s Purple-Gold Football Spring Game, originally scheduled for April 17 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, will not be played due to the COVID-19 pandemic according to an announcement by director of athletics Jon Gilbert.

The Pirates’ spring practice schedule and all related activities were paused last week before the program was cleared to officially resume action Tuesday afternoon.

“Our goal is to be cautious moving forward in the spring while working closely with our medical staff and make sure we get our 10 remaining practices in,” Gilbert said. “We are looking forward to welcoming our fans back for a Meet the Pirates event in August followed by the home opener against South Carolina on Sept. 11.”

— ECU athletics