Take on Pirate Sports
TOM SOUTHERN, ECU '74
From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
What a difference a win makes
It is just one win and it came against one of the worst
teams in football. Still, it was a win, and things seem to be getting better
in Pirate camp.
“I was very pleased with a couple of things,” said East
Carolina coach John Thompson. “I thought we really took care of business for
the most part. Other teams might have faltered late when Army made their
run, but we showed tremendous character in holding on.”
The Pirates rode Marvin Townes to the victory. Townes almost
set a school record and did establish a new Michie Stadium record with an
amazing 39 carries. Townes has gone from his old second half disappearing
act to the ultimate 60-minute man.
ECU has a chance in ANY game if it can run the football.
Louisville, however, brings a completely different type of athlete to town
this week. In fact, Coach Thompson says the Cards may be as good as the
Pirates have seen.
“I would compare them to Miami,” said Thompson. “They have
tremendous athletes. They are a very good-looking football team. It will
take a tremendous effort on our part to win.”
I don’t think the Cardinals are on the same scale as the
Hurricanes, but I do think that if the Pirates play as well as they did for
three quarters against Miami, then ECU has a shot.
The Pirates are early 17-point underdogs in the game.
Midnight Madness a winner
Coach Bill Herrion tipped off ECU basketball practice with a
most enjoyable Midnight Madness this past Friday night.
I didn’t get to see much of the night’s activities, but when
I arrived at 11:45 the lower level and the coliseum was just about full.
Herrion seemed to really enjoy playing to the crowd. While
he didn’t promise any miracles, he did indicate his appreciation to the ECU
students, and looked forward to battling C-USA’s best at Williams Arena this
Earlier in the day, ECU hosted basketball media day, and
Coach Herrion talked about his views on conference alignments.
“I think we are going to be in a very good league,
regardless of what happens,” said Herrion. “There are great programs
involved in just about every scenario.”
Louisville and Cincinnati take far more to the table as
basketball programs then they do football, especially Cincinnati. Still, I
agree that the Pirates should be just fine in basketball, regardless of what
Golf team finally rules
One of the best and perhaps most underrated coaches on the
ECU athletics staff is Kevin Williams.
Williams had reason to smile yesterday as his Pirate team
won the Pirate Fall Intercollegiate at Bradford Creek. Freshman Ryan Leveque
won his first ever championship in leading the way. Leveque fired a 3 under
par 213 over 54 holes.
“I am extremely proud of how our team came out and played,”
said Williams. “This was the first time we have won our own tournament and
it was Ryan’s first career win. The conditions were not favorable today and
we knew that it would be tough to post a good score.”
Congrats to Coach Williams and the Pirate golf squad.
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