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Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports

From the Anchor Desk
Friday, September 13, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9


Troth's heart set on righting the ship



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If you haven’t realized it yet, the Pirates are 0-2 because of turnovers.

The “turnover” problem has been talked about, written about and mulled over for the past five days in Pirate Land.

Nobody realizes the problem more than the Pirate quarterback. Young Paul Troth has had almost a season’s worth of poor throws and bad luck in just two games.

Pirate fans shouldn’t be ready to give up on Troth.

You can see the fire in his eyes. You can also see the disappointment. It’s certainly wearing on the quarterback. Nobody wants to turn this thing around more than Troth.

“I know that there are fans that are on the fence,” said Troth. “I know I haven’t performed as well as I can just yet. We have a very young football team and we are growing together. I just hope they don’t give up on me.”

East Carolina fans are usually a pretty forgiving group. Jeff Blake certainly didn’t set the world on fire in his early playing days with East Carolina.

In fact, playing quarterback at East Carolina is complicated. There are reads, and different plays for different sets. It is not easy, but I don’t think Troth realized just how tough it was going to be.

The problem with playing quarterback is that you just can’t duplicate game speed in practice. Coaches certainly try, but there is just no way to do it.

The best thing that Paul Troth can do as a quarterback is to play. He has only played in two games. He had flashes of brilliance in both games.

Here’s hoping we all look back at the Tulane game as his breakout venture.

Secretive Scelfo conducts Tulane walk-throughs CIA-style

Two years ago when the Green Wave came to Greenville, Coach Chris Scelfo completely closed his workout on that Friday at the stadium.

Even Pirate Coach Steve Logan, who closes most of his team’s practices and workouts, allows the cameras out for a little bit.

Scelfo was adamant that we would not take pictures of any of his players walking around on the field, passing the football, etc…

So, my assistant in the WNCT Sports Department, Brian Meador decided to have a little fun. Meador took some shots through the bushes, and came back with what we called top-secret video.

It was really funny, showing pictures of bushes in the foreground, with guys jogging in the background.

The secrecy certainly didn’t help the Green Wave that season, as the Pirates won the game 37-17. In fact, East Carolina leads the all-time series 4-1.

I don’t think the folks at Tulane were all that amused with our broadcast, but Pirate fans told me the next day that they thought it was hilarious.

I just hope the Green Wave is in a better mood when they work out later today at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Then I hope they go home mad on Saturday night!

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