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Monday, April 12, 2004

By Al Myatt
ECU Beat Writer for The News & Observer

Hunt for AD shifts towards decisive phase


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.

Ballard has 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 Jacksonville Jaguars.

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.

Arena Cats

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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