College Sports in the Carolinas
from the East
Monday, February 16, 2004
By Al Myatt
ECU Beat Writer for The News &
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It appears that East Carolina’s new chancellor will be involved in the
selection process for ECU’s new athletics director. Board of trustees member
Stephen D. Showfety of Greensboro is chairman of the search committee and
Showfety appears intent on having the process at a point where the new
chancellor can readily come in and take part in the final stages of making
the AD hire.
Sources indicate that the initial set of 35 to 40 applicants were not
overwhelming. One drawback is that potential candidates were reluctant to
pursue the position without knowledge of who the next chancellor — and their
immediate boss — would be. After a review of the candidates who had
submitted their resumes at the last meeting of the search committee,
Showfety asked the committee members if they knew of other candidates who
would be suited for the position.
Showfety apparently felt there might be a need for a proactive search that
would contact strong candidates rather than waiting for them to indicate
their interest to the committee. Showfety seems to think that an associate
or assistant AD in the Big East or ACC might be well suited to take the
reins at ECU and has been reviewing potential candidates from those leagues.
Interim athletics director Nick Floyd has demonstrated low profile but
effective leadership since stepping in on a temporary basis in mid-August
when Mike Hamrick departed the AD office to assume that position at
Among the vital decisions which will confront the new AD early in his
administration will be a contract extension for men’s basketball coach Bill
Herrion. The new AD hire would be wise to look beyond the Conference USA
record of the Pirates coach. Herrion's current squad is 1-10 in league games
but seven of those losses have been by six points or less.
Herrion has been working to upgrade a program that was an also-ran in the
Colonial Athletic Association. The Pirates have been able to compete with
most C-USA teams this season, even in losing 11 of their last 12. A 7 p.m.
game on Wednesday with Tulane will be important in determining who qualifies
for the bottom slot in the Conference USA Tournament, which takes the top 12
of the league’s 14 members.
The Pirates took a narrow loss at UAB, one of the league’s top tier teams,
on Saturday night. They have also played competitive games with most of
C-USA’s upper division teams.
“Ou margin of error is so small in this league,” said Herrion, who watched
as missed opportunities in late game situations cost the team a shot at an
upset on Saturday in the Blazers’ gym.
The new AD will need to make a statement on Herrion’s status. Currently the
contract of the ECU hoops coach runs through the 2005-06 season, which means
Herrion can’t assure high school seniors that he will be at ECU throughout
Herrion can’t recruit on the same level of some of C-USA’s
traditionally-powerful programs but somehow the Pirates have been able to
stay in games for most of the 2003-04 season. One wonders if Gabriel Mikulas
had not broken his arm how this season might have been different. Herrion
has kept his players battling and has two promising frontcourt recruits
arriving next season. He deserves an extension.
One never knows how a new chancellor might handle the athletic department
but that should be of significance to the search committee for that job. Dr.
William Shelton has apparently filled in nicely on an interim basis and
should get consideration. Ditto for Floyd.
TCU departure puzzling
The departure of Texas Christian to the Mountain West Conference was
puzzling to a degree. In many ways the Mountain West resembles the Western
Athletic Conference, from which TCU broke ranks to align with Conference
USA. With Southern Methodist, Houston, Rice, Tulane and Tulsa in its
division, the Horned Frogs looked to have a geographically-compact grouping
that would reduce travel expenses and promote rivalries.
Eric Hyman, TCU’s AD, said that the Mountain West offered greater potential
in terms of the Bowl Championship Series. The Frogs had the potential to
upset the BCS applecart themselves by avoiding an upset at Southern Miss
The unstated reason for TCU’s departure is that the Fort Worth institution
tends to look down on SMU, its neighbor in Dallas. Although TCU and SMU play
a rivalry game in football, there are apparently some influential people in
the TCU community who thought being in the same league as the Mustangs was
beneath the Frogs.
The list of potential replacements for TCU includes Texas-El Paso, Toledo,
Miami of Ohio, Louisiana Tech, North Texas and Temple. The CEOs of current
and future C-USA members were scheduled to meet in Dallas this weekend.
Central Florida, Marshall, Rice, SMU and Tulsa are lined up to join C-USA in
recent Bonesville.net News Nugget
noted a report by the Memphis Commercial Appeal that teams departing C-USA
for the Big East — Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette and South
Florida — will not necessarily be required to pay exit fees to C-USA.
Instead of exit fees, all but one of the programs joining the Big East have
agreed to continue scheduling games in football and basketball with teams
that will remain in C-USA. Such a move will enhance C-USA’s value in
television negotiations. According to the report, Marquette has signaled
that it would prefer to pay the exit charge.
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