Chance Purvis, East Carolina University senior defensive lineman, was arrested and booked on multiple felony charges on Tuesday. Pitt County records show Purvis was booked with second degree kidnapping and breaking or entering with intent to terrorize or injure. His bail was set at $10,000.
“We are aware of the situation concerning Chance Purvis and consider these charges as very serious and completely unacceptable,” ECU head coach Mike Houston said via Stephen Igoe of 247sports.com. “Chance has been suspended from all football-related activities until further notice.”
Purvis joins senior offensive lineman Cortez Herrin as the second ECU upperclassman to be booked on felony charges this off-season.
Purvis, who was in-line to be a key contributor for the Pirates in 2020, played in all 12 games last season and racked up 27 solo tackles and 51 tackles total. Additionally, he recorded four sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
“We will continue to monitor the situation, but since this is a legal matter, any additional comment on our part would be inappropriate at this time,” Houston said via Igoe.
Herrin, 22, was charged with possession with intent to sell or distribute (felony) and possession of marijuana paraphernalia (misdemeanor). He was booked on a $5,000 secured bond.
The Saluda, S.C., native has been suspended indefinitely as a result of the charges.
East Carolina’s depth on defense took another hit when freshman Dorian Hardy, a reserve end, along with running back Tay Williams were arrested for resisting a public officer this week. They will not be active for the game against Temple, a team spokesman confirmed Wednesday night, but were not dismissed from the team.
Hardy, who has played in two out of four games and has one tackle, was removed from the travel roster for this weekend. Williams has not played this year and was already not on the travel roster.
Head coach Scottie Montgomery said Tuesday that reserve defensive backs Tim Irvin (conduct detrimental to the team) and Keyshawn Canady (seeking transfer) were no longer with the Pirates.
Hardy, an Elizabeth, N.J., native, was a highly touted prospect and verbally committed to Penn State before his recruitment got sidetracked when he reportedly was involved in a fight at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School. He signed with the Pirates in February.
East Carolina University punter Austin Barnes has been suspended indefinitely after he was arrested following an alcohol-related arrest late Saturday.