College Sports in the Carolinas
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profile of new ECU Chancellor Steven Ballard in this summer's
from the East
Friday, July 23, 2004
By Al Myatt
Quest for head-hunter closes
in on target
The search process for the athletic director's position at East Carolina
will get a second wind with the approach of its first anniversary as
chancellor Steve Ballard selects a consultant firm to assist in the hunt.
The seven-member task force, which includes Dr. Ballard, has completed its
evaluations of potential headhunting firms. Task force members will submit
their top choices to the chancellor and he will make the final decision.
Look for an announcement soon, possibly on Tuesday.
Bill Carr, a former AD at Houston and Florida, and former Big Eight
commissioner Chuck Neinas have apparently emerged as the top candidates to
act on ECU's behalf as it seeks a successor to Mike Hamrick, who left in
August of 2003 to become AD at Nevada-Las Vegas.
Ballard's ideal profile for the AD post includes someone with a passion for
ECU athletics, experience that would be beneficial in the performance of AD
duties, a fit within the chancellor's leadership team and connections that
would might serve to enhance ECU's future conference affiliation.
Carr who played center at Florida when Steve Spurrier won the Heisman
Trophy, may be the stronger candidate regionally but task force members
Margaret Ward and Danny Kinlaw have expressed reservations about his
association with Gene Corrigan. Hired on a consulting basis by former ECU
chancellor William Muse, Corrigan authored an upbeat evaluation of the ECU
athletics department in the final year of Hamrick's controversial tenure as
Meanwhile, Nick Floyd continues to take care of business from the senior
associate AD's office on the third floor of the Ward Sports Medicine
Building. Although he withdrew from consideration for the AD post after
becoming one of three finalists generated by the original 14-member search
committee, Floyd should not be ruled out as a candidate for the position as
the process continues in its second phase. The athletic department has been
running smoothly under Floyd's leadership.
The interim AD has the authority to direct departmental position searches.
The assistant AD position for student development formerly held by Darrell
Bryant is one of those vacancies. A national search has been conducted and
academic coordinator Nita Boyce has emerged as a prominent in-house
candidate. Floyd also has been involved in a search for a sports information
director, a job Jody Jones has handled very effectively on an interim basis.
Ballard has expressed hope of having the AD search completed within 60 days
but concedes that any sort of timetable is secondary to hiring the right
The Mild Bunch
The late Marlon Brando once starred as a leader of a motorcycle gang in a
movie called "The Wild Bunch."
In contrast, "Voice of the Pirates" Jeff Charles will be leading a cycle
contingent from Greenville to Wilson on Oct. 16 to raise money to benefit
the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.
Charles rides a Honda Magna and hopes to enlist assistant men's basketball
coach George Stackhouse, who has a Harley-Davidson, and former interim
chancellor William Shelton, another Harley rider, in the cause of charity.
ENCSD in Wilson is restarting its football team with an 8-man squad and
needs money for equipment. The school's swimming pool also needs funds for
Charles said breakfast and lunch will be served for those making the circuit
from Greenville to Wilson and back to Ron Ayers' Motorsports on Memorial
Boulevard in Greenville. There likely will be prizes for categories such as
the rider who comes from the farthest distance away, the oldest rider, etc.
Participants also will pick up playing cards at stops along the route and
the rider with the best poker hand at the end of the trip will get a prize,
For information, call Ron Ayers Motorsports at (252) 752-5531. Donations may
be sent to Dave Richmond, Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, P.O.
Drawer 2768, Wilson, NC 27894.
The ride is scheduled for an open date Saturday during football season.
Riders will pay an entry fee.
"It's going to be fun," Charles said. "In visiting with the kids, they have
a real need ... and they don't have a lot of money so we're going to try and
help them out."
Hopefully this one can be painted green with proceeds for a worthy cause.
Several future Pirates closed out their high school careers in East-West
games in Greensboro this week.
Josh King, who will join the basketball program, had a great quote about why
he played in the midsummer classic, which began in 1949.
"I wanted to break Pete Maravich's record," King told the Greensboro
News-Record. "The history of the game is why I played."
"Pistol Pete" poured in a game record 42 points in 1965. King scored 10 on
Monday night but the state's career and single season 3-point leader dropped
a shot from behind the arc to complete a late 14-5 run that drew the West
within 79-70. The East eventually won, 85-74.
The East reportedly had a play called "Josh King" but it was designed to
free Raleigh Millbrook's Josh Haymond, an Elon signee, behind the arc.
Haymond had a game high 13 points.
It seemed that the passing of ECU signee Patrick Pinkney (Fayetteville Pine
Forest), who was 7 for 16 for 86 yards, might be a catalyst for an East
football win. That was until fellow Pirate signee Quentin Cotton, a
linebacker from High Point Andrews, snared a 22-yard pass in a fourth and 12
situation to keep a late West drive alive. The West kept moving for a
touchdown and a 10-7 win.
ECU appears to be on the verge of enhancing the signal span of its radio
network with a second station close to the home front. An official
announcement is expected soon that WNCT-AM in Greenville will be joining the
Pirate Sports Network for football and basketball game broadcasts. At 10,000
watts, Talk 1070 is the strongest AM station east of Raleigh.
WGHB-AM Pirate Radio 1250, which has its studios in Greenville and
broadcasts from a 5,000-watt transmitter in Farmville, will also continue
the broadcasting relationship it established with ECU last season, which
includes a nightly menu of locally-produced programs.
Both WNCT and WGHB are Internet partners of Bonesville.net, which provides
the technology resources for the stations'
live streams and on-demand audio archives.
Incoming ECU athlete LaShawn Merritt
has been named USA Track & Field's athlete of the
week after winning three gold medals at the 2004 IAAF World
Junior Championships held last week in Grosseto, Italy.Merritt won the men's
400 meters in 45.25 seconds. He ran the anchor leg on Team USA's gold
medal-winning 4x100 relay squad and the second leg of the victorious 4x400
relay.In the 4x100 relay, the winning time of 38.66 seconds set a world
junior record. The 4x400 relay's time of 3:01.09 also was a world junior
record. In June, the 17-year-old Merritt won both the 200 meter (20.72) and
400 meter (46.80) national titles at the 2004 USA Junior Outdoor Track &
Field Championships, in College Station, Texas, where he was named the male
athlete of the meet. ... In other track news, former ECU assistant Len
Klepack has taken a position as an assistant in the track program at Texas.
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