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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, September 24, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9


Warm welcome not expected in Morgantown



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The only thing that might be warm this weekend in Morgantown is the weather.

East Carolina Offensive Tackle Brian Rimpf describes it as one of the more interesting venues in which he’s played.

The Pirates travel to Mountaineer Field this week to take on West Virginia. Rimpf knows the crowd will be hostile, but it’s an environment that usually gets this team fired up.

Rimpf well remembers his first visit.

“They talk to us a lot on the bench and in warm-ups,” Rimpf explained. "They would say some very funny stuff to try and get us rattled. But they are great fans for their team.”

Pirate quarterback Paul Troth will face his toughest road assignment to date. While it remains to be seen if West Virginia is better then Wake Forest, there’s no question as to which team has the more hyperactive fans.

“I’ve heard it is very hostile territory,” said Troth. “I’ve heard stories of guys getting beer thrown at them, and other things. But really, it’s exciting to go somewhere that will be so intense.”

The Pirates have won at all of the other premier sites in the Big East Conference. They have won at Syracuse, at Miami, at Virginia Tech. But they have yet to find victory at West Virginia. The games have been close for the most part, but the Pirates have always come up empty in Morgantown.

“West Virginia is a football culture school,” said Pirate Coach Steve Logan. “The sport means so much to everyone in the state. Don Nehlen was a great coach and someone that I really looked up to. He accomplished great things there, but things are much different there now.”

NOT your father’s West Virginia

This is not the type of football team that many have become accustomed to at West Virginia.

Like East Carolina, this is a team built for speed. Gone are the days of three yards and a cloud of dust for the Mountaineers.

“We're going to entertain a West Virginia football team that is different from anything we
have entertained over the years with Coach Don Nehlen," said Logan. “Rich Rodriguez has come in and installed new schemes and really, on both sides of the football, ...they look a lot like us."

Gone are the days of what coaches call “running downhill” and simply bullying over the opposition. This team is built for speed.

"They have a nice bunch of athletes... Avon Cobourne is still running the football up there and we have been trying to tackle him for the last 15 years, I think," remarked Logan. "Rasheed Marshall is the quarterback that is built along the lines of Shaun King and Woodrow Dantzler. Rich Rodriguez is trying to recreate those two quarterbacks that he's had a lot of success with and this young man is really good."

Wake P.C. invitation extended

Michael Darrow with the Wake County Pirate Club wants to invite everyone out for the Basketball Tip Off at Chico’s in Cary on Thursday at 7:00. Pirate Coach Bill Herrion and several others from the Pirate athletic staff will be on hand for the event.

Several items will be up for auction with all proceeds going to the Pirate Club. A bat signed by the baseball team and a couple of autographed footballs will be auctioned off.

“We just want to give the folks here in Raleigh a chance to hear Coach Herrion, to get fired up for basketball season,” said Darrow, president of the Wake County Pirate Club.

It should be an outstanding event, and once again it is free for Pirate fans!

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