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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 season.

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 happens.

Golf team finally  rules own turf

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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