Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Friday, April 11, 2003
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
Purple-Gold game already has a winner — the fans
East Carolina is all set to roll out the purple carpet on
Saturday, resurrecting a venerable spring tradition that had somehow been
cast aside in recent years. For the first time in five years, the spring
football game returns, and it’s long overdue.
The Purple-Gold clash headlines the Great Pirate Purple Gold
Pigskin Pigout Party, a celebration of football at East Carolina that should
be held every spring.
Fans from all over are set to trek back to campus for the
weekend to make sure the big event has a triumphant return.
The county fair atmosphere of the “Pigout” goes hand in hand
with Coach John Thompson’s plan to make Pirate football a family affair.
I have great memories of taking both of my children out for
the rides during the pig-out. The bar-b-cue, the golf tournament, the
football “talk”, the chance to transform a spring Saturday into a football
Saturday, all meant great fun at East Carolina for many years.
I’m just glad that it’s back. The horrible weather of late
is expected to clear, giving us a great day for game day.
“Real game” feel
Coach Thompson allowed six seniors to choose up the squads
for the Purple-Gold game. The game will be trimmed down to four 12-minute
quarters. Other than that, though, it is intended to foster a level of
competitive effort akin to a fall Saturday.
"It is going to be exactly like a game in every regard,"
Thompson said. "We will place-kick, kick-off, return kicks, punt and return
punts. Obviously, we will hold back some so that no one gets hurt, but it
will be like a real game."
The Purple team features six returning starters from 2002,
including offensive linemen Doug White and Brian Fox, wide receiver Terrance
Copper, defensive lineman Damane Duckett, linebacker Josh Chilsom, and
cornerback Reicko Jones.
Junior letterman Desmond Robinson will be the Purple's
starting quarterback and tailback Marvin Townes will likely see most of the
Defensive line coach Art Kaufman is the head coach of the
The Gold squad includes quarterback Paul Troth along with
returning starters Brian Rimpf and Charlie Dempsey on the offensive line and
Travis Heath in the defensive secondary.
Dominique Hatcher and Vonta Leach will star at tailback and
ECU's assistant head coach and offensive line coach J.B.
Grimes will serve as head coach of the Gold team.
After watching a couple of scrimmages and studying the
rosters, I give you this as a prediction for the spring game.
I see the Gold team dominating the clock by keeping the
football on the ground. The Gold will unleash a two-headed monster of a
rushing attack, with Vonta Leach and Dominique Hatcher taking their turns at
running the football.
Big Brian Rimpf has never looked better on the offensive
line. When Rimpf isn’t burying through the purple defense, he’ll be
protecting quarterback Paul Troth, who fires two touchdown passes in the
The Purple team hangs tough in this one though. Desmond
Robinson scrambles for one touchdown, but the Gold defense holds the Purple
out of the end zone late, and wins the spring game. Make it Gold 28, Purple
The game ends just in time to get in some more tailgating,
before game two of the ECU-Memphis series in baseball.
I pick the Gold to win, but the real winners are the Pirate
fans, who once again get a chance to flock to Greenville for an outstanding
sports weekend on campus.
Thanks for bringing back the spring game, and The Great
Pirate Purple Gold Pigskin Pigout Party.
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