The East Carolina football team, in preparation for its August 31 road game versus NC State, has decided to start selling magazine subscriptions in order to raise enough money to get to Raleigh.
First year Head Coach Mike Houston told Greenville reporters that due to the program’s recent lack of success, travel funds for the team have significantly decreased from past years.
“If we want to go to Raleigh and whoop up on the Pack,” Houston said, “then we’re gonna have to raise the money to get there.”
Houston said that the players first tried to start a lemonade stand on campus, but students lost interest when they realized the lemonade didn’t have alcohol in it.
“So we switched to magazines,” Houston explained, citing a variety of magazines that were available.
“We’ve got Highlights, Cosmopolitan, Penthouse,” Houston added. “We’re looking to add Cigar Aficionado and Sports Illustrated as well.”
Pirates junior quarterback Reid Herring currently leads the team with 22 subscriptions sold, with redshirt freshman Khalil Barrett close behind with 20.
“Most of the subscriptions I’ve sold so far were for Highlights,” Herring said. “People just love reading about Goofus and Galant around here.”
“One person asked if we had Playgirl, but I don’t think we do yet.”
Barrett said selling the subscriptions gave him a sense of accomplishment.
“Let’s see whoever State’s quarterback is try to sell 20 magazine subscriptions,” Barrett added.
East Carolina students have responded positively to the fundraising as well.
“I ordered Cosmo from Myles Berry,” one ECU undergrad said. “He and I are going to try some of those sex tips that I read about this weekend.”
Berry, a sophomore linebacker, could not be reached for comment.
Houston said that he would learn a lot about the team from how they perform with the fundraising.
“If a player doesn’t sell, then he doesn’t play.” Houston added. “I’m not taking losers to Raleigh in August. I’m taking winners.”
East Carolina and NC State met last December in a make-up game after NC State’s scheduled match with West Virginia was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence, with the Wolfpack squeezing out a 58-3 victory over the Pirates.