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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, January 1, 2002

By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Happy New Year, and Get Ready for Some Hoops!


While the first day of the new year traditionally means football, it’s basketball time for the Pirates.

East Carolina has just one more non-conference game to go before Cincinnati makes a first-ever trip to Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

The Bearcats will bring a national ranking to Greenville this weekend. Cincinnati was No. 17 after beating Akron at the Rock-N-Roll Shootout in Cleveland for its 12th straight win.

Conference USA play brings with it imposing challenges for Coach Bill Herrion and company. This is exactly what they talk about when folks say something is going from the frying pan into the fire.

All America guard Steve Logan is the undisputed leader of the Bearcats.

Logan recently scored a career high forty points in Cincy’s win over previously unbeaten Mississippi State. That eyebrow-raising performance came in the first round of the Las Vegas Classic. He went on to score 29 points in the championship game win over Purdue, winning MVP honors for the tournament.

Cincinnati may be the best team to play in Williams Arena this season. There are others in the league that are talented, but probably none are as talented and as deep as this Bearcat ball club.

Great League of Coaches

C-USA is loaded with outstanding coaches. Several, in fact, are set for milestones in the very near future.

East Carolina’s Bill Herrion is just four wins away from the 200th victory in his coaching career, while over on Hwy. 49, Charlotte Coach Bobby Lutz is two wins away from his 250th career win.

Conference USA and the Big 12 are the only leagues in the nation that have four coaches each with at least 350 career wins.

From C-USA, TCU’s Billy Tubbs leads the group with 588 wins. Cincinnati’s Bob Huggins (480), DePaul’s Pat Kennedy (390) and Louisville’s Rick Pitino (360) round out the group.

In the Big 12, Oklahoma State’s Eddie Sutton, Kansas’s Roy Williams, Baylor’s Dave Bliss and Texas Tech’s Bobby Knight all have at least 350 coaching wins.

Media Day Photo

I recently asked Coach Herrion about the television spot that highlights the league's coaches. Perhaps you have seen the spot, which shows the coaches on a platform, mentioning some of their records and career highlights.

Look closely and maybe you’ll see something odd about the commercial. All of the coaches are in the spot, but one coach was missing when the commercial was actually shot.

For whatever reason, Pat Kennedy was a no show. The DePaul coach was the closest coach to the meetings in Chicago, but he wasn’t there for the television spot.

For some reason, you don’t make Rick Pitino, Bob Huggins, or even Bill Herrion wait, do you…?

So the spot was video-taped, and Kennedy was plugged in later on.

Check out the spot and see if you can tell.

Happy New Year

The year 2002 brings with it many challenges for the Purple and Gold faithful. It may be a wild ride, especially if it is anything like 2001.

Hang on, and here's hoping all Pirate fans have a Happy New Year!

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