College Sports in the Carolinas
from the East
Monday, April 12, 2004
By Al Myatt
ECU Beat Writer for The News &
Hunt for AD shifts towards decisive
Indications are that appointed East Carolina chancellor Steve Ballard will
become involved in the athletics director’s interview process this week.
He will likely meet with three candidates — Nick Floyd, ECU’s senior
associate AD who has served as the interim AD for the Pirates for the last
eight months; ECU alumnus Jeff Barber, an associate AD at South Carolina and the director of the Gamecock Club; and retired Air Force colonel Randall W. Spetman, the former AD at the Air Force Academy.
One source said that South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz has called
members of the search committee on Barber’s behalf.
Ballard may meet with Spetman in Kansas City, where Ballard is presently
provost at Missouri-Kansas City. Ballard is expected to be in Greenville
later in the week.
Although the search committee for the AD post vacated by Mike Hamrick in
August has generated three candidates, there is interest within the
committee for another candidate, whose credentials appear strong but who has
not been involved in the process until recently and whose interest in ECU
hasn’t been fully established.
stated that he won’t necessarily be limited
to candidates submitted by the search committee. Ballard is expected to be
formally installed as chancellor at ECU by June 1.
The Logan touch
Spring football practice is over at ECU but a number of former Pirates have
started seasons on the pro level. Former ECU coach Steve Logan is overseas
working with the quarterbacks of the Berlin Thunder, which moved to 2-0 on
Saturday with a 28-17 win over the Amsterdam Admirals.
Logan’s fingerprints were all over this one with ex-Pirate Richard Alston
starting at wide receiver for the Thunder. Alston didn’t catch a pass but he
did throw a 47-yard touchdown pass that gave visiting Berlin a 21-10 lead in
the third quarter after the Thunder had trailed 10-7 at the half.
Alston also had three punt returns for 52 yards and one kickoff return for
15 yards. Berlin’s passing numbers were 17 for 27 for 267 yards with four
touchdowns and one interception. Small wonder that former ECU quarterback
David Garrard said recently while in Greenville that he was glad Logan had
moved up to the pro game.
“Maybe he can coach me again,” said Garrard, who performs for the
Elsewhere across the Atlantic, former ECU running back Leonard Henry was the
leading rusher for the Frankfurt Galaxy, which moved to 2-0 with a 20-10
victory over the host Cologne Centurions. Henry ran13 times for 63 yards,
with an 11-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. He also had four catches
for 14 yards.
The Fayetteville-based Cape Fear Wildcats of the Arenafootball2 League had
three former Pirates on their opening night roster for a 70-55 win over the
Albany Conquest at the Crown Coliseum on Saturday.
Mitchell Galloway had five catches for 43 yards and Torey Morris had one
reception for 28 yards.
Kelvin Suggs is also playing wide receiver and defensive back for the
Wildcats, who visit the Columbus Wardogs this Saturday night.
Possible competition from left coast
Scoring guard Dwayne Shackleford of Allegany College in Cumberland, Md., who
visited ECU on March 27, may make a recruiting visit to Southern Cal, but
the Pirates remain in contention for the junior college teammate of forward
Mike Castro, who has already signed with ECU.
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