THE BOWLS DAILY REPORT : LIBERTY / ILLINOIS vs. EAST CAROLINA, Today : Give Them Liberty, Then Watch Out

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East Carolina (7-4) feels it hasn't been given enough respect as a football independent. The biggest slap came a few weeks ago when the Pirates weren't invited to join a new conference that includes some of the teams in the Liberty Bowl alliance.

Today's game at Memphis, Tenn., against Illinois (6-5) gives East Carolina what it wants most--an opportunity.

"Now it's a challenge of playing a good team and a chance to gain some recognition," defensive end Aaron Black said. "A lot of people don't get a chance to see us."

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