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The news got worse and the gap got wider for East
Carolina in Conference USA on Wednesday night as the Pirates fell to Rick
Pitino's Louisville Cardinals 92-51.
In some ways the game is a microcosm of what is going
on right now in the league as the rich get richer and the rest try to just
Barring a meeting in the conference tournament at
year’s end, it was the last time the Pirates will face the Cards as
It is easy to think back to the first meeting with
Pitino at the helm just three short years ago in Williams Arena at Minges
Coliseum. It was arguably one the greatest Pirate victories in hoops. Bill
took it to the Cards that night and
That was January 16, 2002, exactly three years and
three days ago. Since that game, much has changed. Not only has Louisville
run over ECU six times since then but Pitino has taken the program right
where he intended — into the stratosphere of college basketball.
Herrion’s post-game comments alluded to the widening
“We’ve been able to compete with these guys over the
last couple of years but we really took it on the chin tonight,” said the
Pirate head coach in his postgame comments on the radio.
The truth is that ECU has gotten better over the same
years that the marquee programs in C-USA have improved exponentially. But
better just ain’t good enough to play in Freedom Hall in 2005.
The way Herrion’s team has played this year has varied
from impressive to frustrating. Perhaps it is a symptom of all that has gone
wrong with this league’s make up.
Pirate fans may not be as excited to see Marshall and
Central Florida come into Minges in future years… that is, unless they get
excited about winning. And who doesn’t?
Herrion and company will limp to the finish line this
season hoping to have enough support and dignity intact to regroup for the
new league make-up next season.
As his own worst critic, friends of Herrion are hoping
he can do just that. Coming to ECU as the 15th winningest active coach in
America, his arrival generated high expectations from fans and from himself.
The losing has taken a toll. Even a 51-point loss on
Thursday night is no excuse, however, to lay down.
Speaking to ECU radio announcers Jeff Charles and Si
Seymour after the game Wednesday night, Herrion sounded ready to move on, in
spite of the crushing defeat.
“We really had no answer tonight,” said Herrion. “It
was obviously very embarrassing and we’re going to have to get back to work
Thursday and Friday and mentally get this basketball team back in the
ballgame and try to go to DePaul and steal a game on Saturday.”
Speaking of the “Voice”
East Carolina was featured on ESPN2 Wednesday night on
the program “The Season,” which this year is following the Cincinnati
A video diary of Bob Huggins’ team while visiting
Greenville last week was a prominent part of this week’s edition. The
program showed Cincinnati’s preparation for the ECU game followed by its
trip into Pitt-Greenville airport and some candid shots from around the
Hilton Hotel as they got ready for the Pirates.
Huggins can be seen “yucking” it up in the Hilton bar
with some buddies, including new ECU football defensive coordinator Greg
Hudson. Hudson and Huggins were pals from the days when Hudson was an
assistant under former Bearcats football coach Rick Minter.
Bill Herrion made the show as the ESPN cameras got a
sneak peak of the Pirates’ shoot-around on game day. Herrion is shown
motivating his team and then with some on camera comments about how
difficult the Bearcats were to beat.
The play-by-play of the game featured East Carolina’s
own “voice,” Jeff Charles. Jeff can be heard calling the action during an
edited highlight reel of the game itself, which ECU lost 82-76.
Is it possible ESPN was taping 1070 that night?
If you missed it, you have one more chance as the show
will repeat on ESPN2 in the wee hours of Friday morning from 2:30-3 am.
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