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Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports

From the Anchor Desk
Friday, February 1, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Pirates Must Clean Up Act and Regroup in a Hurry


This is a critical weekend for East Carolina’s basketball program.

The Pirates are struggling in games and getting into trouble off the floor.

Fred Primus has left the program. Coach Bill Herrion suspended Primus for a curfew violation during the Cincinnati trip.

According to sources close to the team, Primus was becoming a problem at practice because of his attitude. He appeared to be a team leader during games, but sources say he was becoming a distraction at practice.

Primus never really recovered from his broken ankle injury from last year. He came into camp overweight and really struggled on defense.

After his suspension, Primus went to Coach Herrion and said he wanted to leave the team. That wish was granted.

Travis Holcomb-Faye and Brandon Hawkins returned to the floor on Thursday for practice. Both players served one game suspensions for the Cincinnati game, again for a curfew violation.

There was a difference in the violations. Put it this way, as far as curfew violations go, Holcomb-Faye and Hawkins were about an hour late, while Primus may still be trying to get home. Both, though, are team rules violations.

“We have certain rules on this team that must be followed,” explained Coach Bill Herrion. “When rules are broken, someone has to pay a price. Unfortunately, the entire team suffers when others can’t follow the rules.”

Give Coach Herrion credit for blowing the whistle with the full knowledge that his only hope to beat Cincinnati was to have great guard play in the game.

Alumni Game Is Born

Make plans to come out to Williams Arena on Saturday afternoon for the first-ever alumni game at East Carolina.

Theodore “Blue” Edwards is the feature attraction. Remember the night he shattered the backboard at Minges Coliseum.

Mike Steele, who was ECU's coach at the time, hosted a Purple-Gold Scrimmage that included a slam dunk competition. Blue was an amazing athlete, and he was an easy winner in the competition.

The competition ended a bit prematurely when Blue pulled the rim down, shattering the glass into a million pieces on the floor.

Believe it or not, I still have part of the glass from that night.

If you’ve never seen the videotape, check us out on WNCT-TV 9 on Friday night at six, and we’ll show you Blue’s best slam ever.

Several other former Pirate stars are due in town for the game. The list includes Lester Lyons, Reed Lose, Ike Copeland, Kenny Murphy and Gus Hill.

The Pirate basketball program isn't steeped in great tradition — yet. But Coach Herrion is doing his part in trying to make former players a part of the tradition-building process in this exciting new era of Conference USA hoops.

Touch of Baseball Plus a Lot of Basketball Equals Big Day

Pirate fans have a busy day set for Saturday.

First, it’s the alumni game at 3:00 at Williams Arena.

Then, the Pirate baseball team will host its annual 'Meet the Pirates Night'. Tickets for this event are limited, and last year the event sold out.

Finally, it’s Conference USA basketball with the Billikens of Saint Louis paying a 7 p.m. visit to Minges Coliseum.

It’s a great day to put on the purple and take a look at the past, the future and, then, the present in Pirate athletics.

Funny thing though, football isn’t on the agenda. I say bring back the Spring Game!

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02/23/2007 01:22:07 AM

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