Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
Brindise inspires hope for
Noah Brindise certainly doesn’t promise miracles. But his quiet
confidence should give Pirate fans something to look forward to over the
next several seasons.
It’s almost like Coach John Thompson handed over the keys to the candy
store when he named Brindise to succeed Rick Stockstill as East Carolina's
“This is what I have wanted to do since I was a sophomore in high
school,” said Brindise. “Even before I had played a varsity down, I was
drawing plays on napkins, thinking how neat it would be to run an offense.
Now I’ve got the chance.”
Like former coach Steve Logan, Brindise says the key to his offense
starts at quarterback. With one scrimmage to go, that quarterback looks like
it will be James Pinkney in 2004.
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“James has risen to the top, but we were both a little disappointed in
his play on Saturday,” said Brindise. “He was so good in the scrimmage
before that, and I just wanted him to go out and show everyone just how good
that he is.
"He really fits my system, a tall guy who can sit back in the pocket and
find his receiver.”
Desmond Robinson and Patrick Dosh are still both in the running as well.
“Desmond has done some good things this spring,” Brindise added. “He
brings that veteran mentality to the table, and he handles himself well.”
Dosh has had so much “scout team” duty over the last couple of years that
he has fallen behind. Still, he’ll get plenty of looks from Brindise.
“When you play on the “scout team,” you’re basically running the other
team’s plays,” Brindise explained. “Patrick didn’t get a lot of coaching on
his fundamentals over the last two years. Basically, you’re playing with
third-teamers and walk-ons with the scout team, so you’re just trying to run
for your life. But he is still a part of our plan at quarterback.”
Brindise has already answered one key question for next year. If Art
Brown and Marvin Towns are both healthy, then both could be on the field
“You always want your best eleven players on the field at the same time,”
Brindise said. And these two are certainly among are top eleven. We are
looking at moving Marvin out in some formations.”
Last chance for spring football action
Pirate fans get one more opportunity to catch some Pirate football this
Thursday night with the team’s final spring scrimmage.
Originally, the night was supposed to be a game for the student body at
East Carolina, but with Saturday’s thunderstorm cutting the spring game in
half, Thursday night’s game has added importance.
“We had originally planned to make it a special night for the students,”
said head coach John Thompson. “But with Saturday’s weather, we decided to
invite everyone back out for Pirate football.”
The extra practices and scrimmage were originally part of the schedule
because of the date of the “Pigskin Pigout Party.” Saturday’s storm, though,
cut that practice session in half, meaning this week’s workouts are that
much more important.
“We wanted to get the entire community involved, because this community
is so much a part of our program. We’ll have barrels set up to collect food
and clothing items for the homeless shelter and for the food bank in
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it will be their last chance to impress until camp opens in August.
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