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Bailey's Take on the Pirates
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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, October 16, 2001

By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

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Henry Becoming Quite a Force

©2001 Bonesville.net

Leonard Henry is a joy to watch. Nobody works any harder, yet nobody may be as misunderstood as the senior running back.

Henry had a very solid freshman year. Things didn’t go as well during his second season, so Henry rededicated himself to football for his junior campaign.

With that came a media boycott. Leonard Henry decided to let his work on the field do his talking. This year, that work is screaming!

I got to be good friends with Leonard this past winter. Leonard is a Communications major, and enrolled in an internship at WNCT-TV.

Even though he won’t go on camera, he still finds time to show off his outgoing personality. Every time I go to practice, he’ll jog by me to get a closer look at what he calls my “washboard” abs.

Obviously, I’m built for comfort, not for speed. And every chance Leonard gets to tell me that, he does.

Usually great players want as much publicity as they can get. Leonard Henry is just the opposite.

Unfortunately, Leonard didn’t have quite the same work ethic as an intern as he does on the football field. In fact, WNCT-TV's Brian Meador took a friendly little jab at Leonard after one of his long runs earlier this year. On a broadcast, Meador, tongue-in-cheek, said, “Leonard Henry may not have been much of an intern, but he is some kind of running back.”

Leonard was watching, and has decided to take aim at Meador now with some of his wisecracking ways. Actually, Leonard did a good job as an intern, and earned an “A” for his efforts.

That is Leonard Henry. His media boycott is not about him, but about what he believes helps him play better.

Last year Leonard did talk with the media after the bowl victory over Texas Tech. Here’s hoping that we get another interview with No. 22 in the same fashion this season in Memphis after a Liberty Bowl victory.

Tonight: A Key Showdown for C-USA

Who would have ever thought that Southern Miss could be out of the Conference USA race halfway through the football season?

That may be the case if the Golden Eagles fall to Louisville tonight.

Southern Miss was upset by Memphis two weeks ago. The Tigers are very much a part of the chase, making Saturday's ECU-Memphis game that much more important.

The way the league is going, two losses might still earn a share of the league title. But Southern Miss realizes that the odds on a trip to Memphis are long with two league losses.

The winner between the Cardinals and the Golden Eagles has gone on to win the league championship over the last two seasons. Louisville won last year’s game in stunning fashion, blitzing Southern Miss 49-28 in Hattiesburg.

The Golden Eagles went into that game with the 2nd ranked defense in the county and with a ranking of 13th nationally.

This game will give us all a first-time taste of Tuesday night football. Next week, the Pirates travel to Texas Christian for a Tuesday night game of their own.

Although I don’t like the idea of Tuesday night football, I must say that I am looking forward to watching tonight’s game. Tuesdays are historically slow nights for the sports world, and this is a key game as far as East Carolina’s hopes for a conference championship are concerned.

Pirates Looking Forward to the Dowdy Rowdies

The Pirate players spent their Monday on the practice field for two different sessions. With ECU on fall break, Coach Steve Logan gave the players Sunday off, and scheduled two workouts for Monday.

The Pirates are really looking forward to a home game this weekend.

“It seems like we have been on the road forever,” said defensive lineman Ty Hunt. “I’ve never played in three straight road games before and it was very difficult.”

Pernell Griffin agreed.

“I just can’t wait to play in front of the home crowd again,” Griffin said. “We’ve got to take care of business and make sure that it’s a great homecoming.”

I sure hope that Pernell is right!

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02/23/2007 01:19:39 AM
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