East Carolina will have to bounce back from a 3-9 season in 2017 without its starting quarterback. The program announced Tuesday evening that signal caller Gardner Minshew has withdrawn from school to tend to a personal matter in his home state of Mississippi. “Our full support is with Gardner and his family during this time,” Pirates head coach Scottie Montgomery said in a statement. “He’s been an asset and a leader in our program, but our first priority is to be there for him today, tomorrow and the days afterward. The door will certainly remain open for him to return to ECU, and when it’s appropriate for us to talk about football again, we will do so.” As a junior last season, Minshew connected on 174-of-304 attempts (57.2 percent) for 2,140 yards with 16 touchdowns against seven interceptions in 10 appearances and five starts.