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Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports

From the Anchor Desk
Friday, October 11, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Pirates embrace head-knocking regimen



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"If you come out here sluggish.... you better tighten your chin strap because you will get popped."

Those are the words of East Carolina quarterback Paul Troth. It’s war at practice for the Pirates.

Coach Steve Logan is fired up about his new “physical” philosophy on the practice fields.

In fact, the Pirates went so hard on Tuesday that they decided to back off a little on Wednesday, before going back at full speed in full pads on Thursday.

The players say the workouts are harder, but they also say they are needed to get ready for game days.

Richard Alston has been around this program for a long time. He agrees, that the increased emphasis on hitting is good for this football team.

"You need something to focus you,” said Alston. “You need that adrenaline going. Any point and time somebody can pop you if don't have your motor running."

Defensive lineman Hosea James echoed those sentiments.

"It's a great thing,” James added. “I don't mind doing it. I think it has made the team a whole lot better. It's a great thing."

The only real concern for the coaching staff is with injuries. This obviously isn’t a very deep team, and any added injuries would just compound the Pirates' problems.

Pirates concentrate on USF but plan for U of L

As they have done in the past, East Carolina took some of this open week to look ahead in the schedule.

The Pirates have a road game at Louisville on October 26th. Before then, though, it’s South Florida at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

“We’re looking at Louisville a little this week, and at the same time we are really focusing in on South Florida,” said Logan. "They are very similar in some of the things that they do, so it’s a great chance to get in some extra work.”

Logan re-emphasized his practice regimen with his next thought.

“We are really concentrating mostly on East Carolina,” Logan explained. “We all know that there is plenty of work to be done.”

Those who expect South Florida to be easy prey may be mistaken. Several ECU coaches who saw the game film of the USF-Oklahoma game say the Bulls played the better game.

Apparently, the oddsmakers also consider the Bulls to be a legitimate force. USF is only a three-point underdog to Southern Miss this coming weekend.

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