College Sports in the Carolinas
from the East
Monday, March 10, 2003
By Al Myatt
ECU Beat Writer for The News &
Ice broken between Hamrick, Adams
State Line Hoops Report©: Dance
tickets falling into place
For the first time since the controversy arose over
Conference USA and ESPN shifting East Carolina’s home football game with
Cincinnati to Friday night, Dec. 6, ECU athletics director Mike Hamrick and
NCHSAA executive director Charlie Adams had a chance to sit down and talk,
face to face, in a fence-mending sort of way.
Hamrick had said ECU wouldn’t play a Friday night game after
the situation had threatened to develop in the 2001 season but had to change
his stance due to circumstances generated by C-USA and ESPN. Hamrick didn’t
notify the NCHSAA before the Friday night kickoff was announced and Adams
took the position that it would be detrimental to the high school playoffs.
Ultimately, icy conditions resulted in the postponement of
many of the high school games scheduled for Dec. 6.
The occasion for the informal Adams-Hamrick summit meeting
was the NCHSAA Eastern regionals, for which Williams Arena at Minges
Coliseum was the site of the boys playoffs. Adams was on hand to present
trophies to the winners of the four classifications on Saturday.
Adams, an ECU graduate who played basketball for the Pirates
from 1956 to 1959, was inducted into the ECU athletics hall of fame in 1991.
“I had a long talk with Charlie in the Murphy Center
hospitality room,” Hamrick said. “He kind of told me how pleased he was with
the tournament and we both agreed that we needed to work together.
“He said some things he needed to say and I said some things
I needed to say. We both said we understood where each other were coming
from. It was a good conversation.”
Greenville's Down East location remains a barrier to ECU
hosting a state championship game in football.
“Charlie has indicated it’s strictly geographics and I don’t
have an issue with that at all,” Hamrick said.
On Monday, the ECU athletics department hosted a luncheon at
the Murphy Center for all the coaches, athletics directors, principals and
assistant coaches who were involved in the high school regionals and the
NCHSAA asked Hamrick to introduce the coaches at that function.
“Charlie and I are back on the same page,” Hamrick said. “He
was very appreciative of the job we were doing on the regionals and we’re
very appreciative of them having the playoffs here.”
Many of the high school coaches expressed gratitude for the
big-time treatment they received at ECU. Pirates game management turned down
the lights to introduce the starting lineups in a similar fashion to ECU
ECU will announce a new mark, probably next month, of a
skull with a kind of hat on it. ... New football coach John Thompson is
packing them in on the Pirate Club banquet circuit, which made stops last
week in Wilson, Williamston and Elizabeth City. A meeting is scheduled for
tonight in Sanford. ... The American Division in which ECU played in
basketball was 20-8 against the National Division this year in Conference
USA. ... ECU basketball coach Bill Herrion flew to Salinas, Kansas, on
Saturday night to scout prospective players at a junior college tournament
this week. ... Rumors are circulating that N.C. State coach Chuck Amato may
have spoken with former ECU coach Steve Logan about the Wolfpack’s vacant
offensive coordinator position.
ACC vs. C-USA
The fact that the ACC may get only three teams into the NCAA
Tournament this year lends credence to the notion that Conference USA is
comparable in terms of competitiveness this season. Wake Forest, Duke and
Maryland have their dance cards punched. So, apparently, do Marquette,
Louisville and Memphis. There are bubble teams in each league and automatic
berths for the respective conference tournament champions. Wake, the ACC
regular season champion, has one non-conference loss — at Marquette.
Carolinas: Dance tickets falling into place
Congratulations go to UNC-Asheville for winning the Big
South Conference championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. UNC
Wilmington goes for its third trip to the big dance in four years in the
Colonial Athletic Association final in Richmond, Va., tonight against
Drexel, the program Bill Herrion formerly coached. Some surprises on the
final weekend of ACC play adds anticipation for the league tournament this
weekend in Greensboro. Who would have thought Wake Forest would win the
regular season title by two games? Congratulations to North Carolina A&T for
avoiding a winless season. Here’s how the Division I teams in the Carolinas
STATE LINE HOOPS REPORT©
The Top Ten
- Wake Forest (23-4, 13-3 ACC) ... A lot can happen in 1.7 seconds,
including six free throws by Josh Howard for a 78-72 win at N.C. State on
Saturday. A good week for the Deacons, who topped North Carolina 75-60 on
Wednesday night. Wake meets the winner of the play-in game on Thursday
between Clemson and Florida State in the ACC Tournament at noon on Friday.
- Duke (21-6, 11-5 ACC) ... The Blue Devils got 22 points from Dahntay
Jones in an 82-79 loss at North Carolina on Sunday but his 3-point shot
that would have sent the game into overtime came just after the buzzer.
Duke plays Virginia in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at 9 p.m.
- N.C. State (16-11, 9-7 ACC) ... Marcus Melvin and Julius Hodge scored
17 points each in a 78-72 loss to Wake Forest on Sunday. The Wolfpack
assured a winning league record with a 63-60 win at Clemson on Wednesday.
State plays Georgia Tech in the ACC quarterfinals at 2 p.m. on Friday.
- UNC Wilmington (23-6, 15-3 CAA) ... The Seahawks have handled Hofstra
(76-56) and Delaware (63-50) in the first two rounds of the CAA Tournament
and face Drexel at 7 p.m. tonight at the Richmond Coliseum for a berth in
the NCAA Tournmament. UNCW guard Brett Blizzard is the first CAA player to
be first team all conference for four years.
- North Carolina (16-14, 6-10 ACC) ... Coach Matt Doherty’s job security
was enhanced with an 82-79 win over rival Duke on Sunday as Rashad McCants
scored 26 points for the Tar Heels, who draw Maryland at 7 p.m. on Friday
in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.
- South Carolina (12-15, 5-11 SEC) ... With a 60-55 overtime loss at
home to troubled Georgia on Saturday, the Gamecocks have dropped four of
their last five heading into the SEC Tournament at the Louisiana Superdome
where they will play Ole Miss at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
- Charlotte (13-15, 8-8 C-USA) ... The 49ers got pounded at Louisville
100-59 on Saturday despite the absence of Cardinals post player Marvin
Stone. Charlotte plays UAB at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the first round of
the C-USA Tournament at Louisville. The winner plays top-seeded Marquette.
- Clemson (15-12, 5-11 ACC) ... Olu Babalola had 17 points while guard
Edward Scott had eight rebounds and eight assists in a 66-56 loss at
Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Tigers meet Florida State in the play-in
game of the ACC Tournament at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
- College of Charleston (24-7, 13-3 Southern) ... A 9-2 run gave East
Tennessee State a 55-48 lead in the Southern Conference Tournament
semifinals and the Cougars lost 64-55 despite 13 points and 14 rebounds by
The season could be over or the NIT could call.
- Davidson (17-10, 11-5 Southern) ... The Wildcats went home early in
the Southern Conference Tournament with a 66-60 loss to VMI, a team the
Wildcats had whalloped 84-49 at home.
The Not-So-Sweet 17
11. East Carolina (12-15, 3-13 C-USA) ... After a 10-2 start, the Pirates
lost all but two of their next 15 games, including Saturday's 58-48 defeat
at home by Saint Louis. Leading scorer Derrick Wiley (13.9) and rebounder
Erroyl Bing (8.7) will be back. Raising the talent level on the perimeter
is a key in the offseason.
12. Appalachian State
15. South Carolina State
17. Charleston Southern
18. UNC Asheville
19. Coastal Carolina
21. UNC Greensboro
22. Western Carolina
24. The Citadel
25. High Point
27. N.C. A&T.
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