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Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports

From the Anchor Desk
Friday, October 25, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Logan's passion is working with his quarterbacks



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Pirate Head Football Coach Steve Logan could probably do without the press conferences, the booster club meetings and all of the other demands on a head coach.

The coach would rather spend all of his time in his role as teacher.

“As a head coach there are so many distractions,” explained Logan. “There is so much negativity each day with dealing with so many different problems. But I really love to teach.”

Logan has had amazing success with his quarterbacks through the years. He thinks that success will continue with Paul Troth.

“The teaching of the quarterbacks gives me great joy,” Logan said. “I’m having a ball with this youngster (Troth). Every time I’ve had an opportunity, not only at East Carolina, but also throughout my career, I’ve thought, man, this is the best one yet. Paul is really exciting to me. He has a great chance to do something significant.”

Logan was especially animated on the subject of quarterbacks earlier this week. After watching Troth struggle at times through six games, the coach sees the light at the end of the tunnel and he's convinced his young protégé will eventually emerge as a star.

“They all started slow,” said Logan. “I can bring out tapes from 1994 and you would say there’s no way Marc Crandell will be special. I can give you some 1998 David Garrard tape and you would say that guy needs to play linebacker or tight end, that he’s not a quarterback.”

In Logan's estimation, it's just a matter of time and experience.

“Be patient and it will develop," he said. "I don’t say this pompously, but (with) the experience that I have been fortunate enough to have, I think I can identify one when we’ve got one.”

Logan says that one play tells a great story about the future at quarterback for East Carolina.

“Troth’s last throw against USF was absolutely spine-tingling to me,” Logan said. “The 34-yard post route to Eddie Rios was a play where the coverage rotated away after the snap. Paul saw it. It was his third look and he put a laser beam on top of Eddie’s helmet where you either catch it or die. I’m telling you, in that frame of film, there are NFL Coaches that could teach off that in the pros.”

Pirates set for close-up look at another great one

The Pirates are a 14 and a half point underdog this week against Louisville. The Cards feature one of the nation’s top talents at quarterback, Dave Ragone.

The East Carolina strategy on defense will be to try and sack Ragone. A good pass rush will help, but the Pirate coaches say they have to figure out a way to get Ragone on the ground. The players agree.

“He’s really tough to bring down, but we’ve got to find a way to do it,” said Pirate linebacker Hosea James. “He hurt us with his scrambling last year. The coaches really want us to concentrate on wrapping up, and getting Ragone on the ground.”

If Ragone comes out hot, then it could be a long day for the Pirates. The ECU offense probably isn’t quite ready for a shootout against the Cards, though the Pirates have had success before at Louisville.

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