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Friday, October 8, 2004
By Al Myatt
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PAT DYE: Short on Tenure, Long on Impact
INSIDE PIRATE FOOTBALL
Tracking the Classes
NCHSAA & ECU: Smooth Sailing Again
HIGH HOPES FOR HOOPS
New Leader Takes Charge
SCOTT COWEN: Busting Down the Door
KEITH LECLAIR on ECU's Field of Dreams
BETH GRANT: Actress Still a Pirate
East Carolina baseball coach Randy Mazey won a school record 51 games last
season but his biggest victory may have been during the offseason.
Mazey waited for just the right moment the night of August 11 at Cobalt Lake
in Montana to ask WITN-TV 7 personality Amanda Ross to be his wife.
She said "Yes."
Ross had no idea a proposal was coming.
"I was so shocked I didn't answer right away," Ross said. "I had no idea.
That made it that much more special. It was at night on the lake with the
mountains all around us. It was so beautiful."
Mazey had hidden the engagement ring in his fly fishing tackle for the
flight out. The couple was out of range of a cell phone signal in Montana so
Ross had to wait two days to call anyone to share the news.
Mazey had already clued in his mother-in-law-to-be on the imminent proposal
before the backpacking excursion. Seems like the coach touched all the
The wedding is set for January 4 in the Valley of Fire, a national park near
Ross plans to take Mazey's name professionally.
"I've already talked to my boss about it," she said. "I may go as Amanda
Ross-Mazey to begin with so our viewers will know about the transition, but
eventually it will just be Amanda Mazey on the air."
Wedding bells will also be ringing for ECU hitting coach Allen Osborne. He
and Janey Wheeler plan to marry in Winterville on December 11.
Some people talk about success and some people do something about it.
Perry Hudson is a talker and a doer.
Hudson has set records as a Pirate Club representative for the number of new
members he has signed up and he's broken his own record this year with 69
Hudson, whose fulltime job is Recreation Director for the city of Dunn,
attended ECU and has two daughters enrolled there. All of his persuasion
isn't used on behalf of the Pirate Club, however.
The Dunn Recreation Department has broken ground for a $600,000 gym which is
scheduled to be completed by March, thanks to a successful fund-raising
effort directed by Hudson.
Help in the wings
ECU has some football talent stockpiled on campus that should provide an
immediate impact next season provided academic requirements are in order.
Bonesville.net has already reported that defensive lineman Marcus Hands is
enrolled. He was originally signed by North Carolina. Another ECU
acquisition, defensive lineman Brandon Setzer, first signed with N.C. State.
Quentin Cotton is regarded as a big time linebacker who drew interest from a
number of ACC schools but who should help the Pirates starting in 2005.
Defensive back J.J. Millbrook and big offensive tackle Richie Santos also
are biding their time until they can become eligible to join the Pirates.
Going, going ...
Standout senior receiver Damarcus Fox has left the building. An ECU offense
that needs a game-breaking receiver to stretch defenses vertically has lost
its speediest deep threat indefinitely.
Fox, who returned to the team last season after absorbing a gunshot wound to
an arm as a relatively-innocent early-morning bystander at a Greenville fast
food, may not be back this season, according to sources.
Fox, who has sprinter's speed, was a receiver defenses had to respect.
Without him the Pirates' concept of a vertical passing game to open up
running lanes for the ground attack takes a major hit.
Although Fox is out for the Tulane game and likely longer perhaps much
longer the Green Wave expects to have its premier pass target, senior
Roydell Williams, in the lineup for Saturday's 2 p.m. game at Dowdy-Ficklen
Scelfo respects Pirates
Tulane coach Chris Scelfo says ECU is better than its 0-4 record would
"I think from a standpoint of where they are [their record is misleading]; I
think there is no question because of who they played and where they played
them," said the Green Wave coach. "It is very misleading because they are a
good football team."
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