East Carolina adds Charleston Southern to 2021 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The East Carolina Pirates have added the Charleston Southern Buccaneers to their 2021 football schedule, the school announced on Friday.

East Carolina will host Charleston Southern at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C., on Sept. 25, 2021. The game will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools in football.

Charleston Southern is a member of the Big South Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Buccaneers, 2-5 so far this season, last won the Big South Conference championship in 2016.

The addition of Charleston Southern tentatively completes East Carolina’s non-conference football schedule for the 2021 season. The Pirates are scheduled to open the season against Appalachian State on Sept. 4 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Also on the schedule for ECU is a home contest against South Carolina on Sept. 11 followed by a road game at Marshall on Sept. 18.

East Carolina is the fourth scheduled non-conference opponent for Charleston Southern in 2021. The Buccaneers are also scheduled to play at North Carolina A&T (Sept. 11), at Georgia (Nov. 20), and at The Citadel (date TBA).

East Carolina also announced today that they will play at Michigan on Sept. 2, 2023. The Pirates will receive a $1.8 million guarantee for the game.

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