Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
By Brian Bailey
AD, SID functions in steady
I continue to wonder why Dr. Steven Ballard and Jeff Barber didnít
connect in the athletics director search at East Carolina.
Barber wanted nothing more in life than to serve as the athletic
director at East Carolina.
Ballard is in need of a strong leader for an athletic department that is
looking for bigger prizes down the road.
The two just didnít click, apparently, and the search continues.
Either Dr. Ballard is extremely thorough, or the new chancellor has so
much on his plate that the athletics director position has to wait.
It is a crucial position at the most critical of times, but the wait
continues for the time being.
Ironically, there are a couple of great candidates filling in nicely in
interim roles at ECU.
On Monday, ECU officials announced that Nick Floyd would continue in his
role as the interim athletic director. Is it me, or has this ship run rather
smoothly since Floyd took over in that interim role?
Officials also announced that Floyd would receive a pay package of
$250,000 this year, a portion of which is intended to compensate Floyd for
carrying out the responsibilities of AD since last August on a senior
associate AD salary. I donít know where you come from, but where Iím from
thatís certainly not chump change. Actually, thatís pretty good work, if you
can get it.
While we wait for a new athletic director, East Carolina is still in
search of a successor to departed media relations director Craig Wells.
Again, the Pirate ship is blessed to have an able interim replacement in Jody Jones. Jones has filled in nicely, though I would wager
he isnít pulling in 250 Gís in his interim position!
Jody, an ECU alum with extensive experience in the sports information
business, knows the area media and works well with everyone that I know in the
media. Sometimes itís difficult to handle the different personalities, mine
included, but Jody does a great job and should get the job on a full time
basis, as soon as an AD is hired.
East Carolina is extremely fortunate to have two outstanding candidates
for two key positions already in place. Regardless of what happens down the
line, these two positions are in good hands, even if it is just on an
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