Insights and Observations
Monday, March 20, 2006
By Henry Hinton
Hollands have rooting
interests in Sweet 16
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Terry Holland certainly
must have been watching the
George Mason win over North Carolina on
Sunday in the NCAA tournament with some pride. A friend and protégé, Jim
Larranaga, is the head coach at Mason.
Larranaga spent seven
years with Holland at the University of Virginia before he started his head
coaching career at Bowling Green. After 11 years there he took over the job
in Fairfax, VA, at GMU six years ago.
Sunday’s win over the Tar
Heels must have been reminiscent of the UVa glory days for both Larranaga
and Holland. It was also arguably one of the most important victories ever
by a Colonial Athletic Association team. The Patriots will be one of the
darlings in this coming weekend’s Sweet 16.
By the way, Ann Holland,
the ECU AD's wife, is picking Memphis from Conference USA to win it all. She
admits that emotion plays a big role in her picks. That’s probably why she
picked Davidson (Terry’s alma mater) to upset Ohio State in the first round.
Of course that didn’t happen, but her Memphis pick is starting to make some
The Tigers advanced with
relative ease on Sunday,
Baseball has big
The Pirates had some
March Madness of their own this weekend on the diamond. ECU got a sweep over
Marist with wins of
9-5 on Friday,
7-0 on Saturday and
5-2 on Sunday.
The Pirates, now 16-6 on
the season, have a huge home game on Wednesday evening when UNC-Wilmington
comes to Clark-LeClair Stadium for a 7 p.m. game.
ECU has already beaten
the Seahawks twice this season. The two teams' first meeting this season
came in the Keith LeClair Classic on February 25 with ECU winning 11-2.
The Pirates also defeated
Wilmington 4-0 last Wednesday on the road.
This Wednesday's game
will be the last warm-up for conference action as ECU heads southwest to
face Rice for the first time. The Owls were the 2003 national champions.
The Rice series marks the
second time in two weeks the Pirates will face a national champion program
from the last few years. ECU was swept by Cal-State Fullerton, the 2004
national champs, last weekend.
in this column a few
weeks back that Coach Skip Holtz has launched his own golf
tournament to honor longtime ECU fan and now Pirate football staff member
Drew Steele-Skip Holtz classic will take
place at Ironwood Country Club June 4-5 in Greenville. One hundred per cent
of the funds raised will go to programs supporting special populations of
This week the golf
tournament web site was launched at
www.drewskip.com thanks to Inspire Creative Studios in
Wilmington. Minges Maniacs founder Jonathan Medford is part of the Inspire
team and offered the services of his group to create the site.
Interested golfers can
now sign up on line through the site. The dinner on Sunday evening at the
Murphy Center will also be open to the public for $75.
The Greenville community
has responded in an amazing fashion to Coach Holtz’s request for cooperation
on this event. If you want to be a part of the tournament, better hurry.
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