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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9


Pirates on mission to remedy second half struggles


East Carolina Coach Steve Logan has a plan. Last year he watched on more then one occasion as his team come out flying high, only to lose the lead in the second half.

It may just be a mindset, but this year’s summer workouts have included an interesting change.

The Pirates come out working extremely hard for about 40 minutes. Then, a whistle blows and the players take about a 15-20 minute break. The break is to simulate halftime.

The whistle blows again, and the Pirates are off again, not missing a beat.

“I think it’s really going to help,” said Pirate recruiting coordinator Terry Tilghman. “The staff looked at last year’s tape, and it just didn’t seem like we went into the second half with any fire. We plan on changing that this season.”

Different teams certainly have different personalities. Often, the previous year’s problems have a way of working themselves out during the off-season.

This Pirate team plans on coming out strong, and finishing strong.

The team slogan says just that: “Finish Strong.”

Tilghman takes on new responsibilities

Terry Tilghman misses being on the field. This year, Tilghman’s title is that of recruiting coordinator and head of football operations.

Apparently, it was a numbers game. Coach Logan wanted Paul Jette to return to work with the team’s defense. College football teams can have nine coaches, and the Pirates already had five on offense and four on defense.

Jette’s return put five coaches on the defensive side of the football, so Tilghman was assigned to his new role.

“I miss being on the field,” Tilghman said. “But I thank the Lord that I have a job working on an outstanding staff. I really learn a lot from the guys on this staff.”

Tilghman takes great pride in his position.

“I think I have the right connections to really help our players,” he said. "If they need something, then I’m the guy that can get it done.”

It sounds to me like Coach Tilghman is the Radar O’Reilly of the Pirate Football program. And that’s as close to a M*A*S*H outfit as anyone in the Pirate program wants to get!

High school football kicks off

From time to time, we’ll check in on the high school football action around the state, especially the players that have given verbal commitments to East Carolina.

The season opens this Friday for many schools. It’s Endowment Week, a week that offers an extra game for many schools with the proceeds benefiting the North Carolina Athletic Association’s Endowment Fund.

If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday night, why not check out your local high school football team.

And if you live in Eastern North Carolina, check us out on Touchdown Friday, every week at 11:15 on Channel 9!

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