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From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
By Brian Bailey

Camels play 'home' game at ECU


Greenville baseball fans will have a number of familiar faces to watch tonight as Campbell comes to town.

Come to think of it, Campbell could bill itself as Rose South.

According the school's athletic web site, the Camels feature five former Rampants on their roster

The group is led by former Pirate Justin Phillips, who will have a bittersweet return to his hometown. The junior shortstop was recruited by Coach Keith LeClair, but didn’t fit into Randy Mazey’s plans.

Phillips regrouped at Louisburg and is hitting almost .400 for Campbell this season.

Ironically, Phillips returns as East Carolina looks for help at the shortstop position with the loss of Billy Richardson.

Richardson broke what was described as a “weird” bone in his hand in the second game of the Charlotte doubleheader on Saturday night.

Jeff Blick, Nate Logan, Jim McDonald and David Forbes, all Rose High alums, are also scheduled to be in uniform later tonight.

The former Rampants are in for a real treat as they will play in the new Clark-LeClair Stadium for the first time.

The Camels head to town following a disappointing 3-2 loss at North Carolina A&T on Tuesday.

Campbell is 0-8 away from home this season. They are 13-10 overall.

ECU hoops gets more pub

East Carolina basketball coach Ricky Stokes will spend one more night on the South Carolina bench.

Stokes continues to wear two hats, one as the Pirate’s new coach and the other as an assistant with the Gamecocks.

South Carolina beat Maryland 75-67 on Tuesday night. The Gamecocks will play St. Joseph’s on Thursday night in the NIT championship game. It is the second time in the past four years that USC has played for the NIT championship.

Every time South Carolina plays in this NIT, East Carolina gets some much needed publicity. The announcers take time out to always mention that Stokes will soon be working for his former coach at Virginia, Terry Holland, with East Carolina.

The Pirates certainly don’t pay for the airtime, but I’m sure it is welcomed as Stokes gets set to embark on his new job at ECU.

Mother Nature in good mood

Skip Holtz opened his third week of practice with a two-hour workout in near perfect weather on Tuesday.

The Pirates were rained out on Monday.

The team will practice today and then gear up for the first intra-squad scrimmage on Friday afternoon.

There apparently isn’t a public depth chart as of yet. There is an internal chart that the coaches are working with. The coaches have also started to put together the team “packages” on both sides of the football.

The big question continues to be at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Davon Drew took the bulk of the repetitions at the position yesterday, and will most likely get the longest look with the first team on Friday.

Holtz had this to say about the quarterback slot.

"Davon's done the best job of protecting the football so far and deserves this opportunity," Holtz said. "As a whole, the depth chart is still in the preliminary stage. The two-deep will probably change after every scrimmage, and honestly, only really matters after we have a chance to see people in those game-like situations.

"We, as a staff and program, needed a starting point after six practices, which is why we developed it over the weekend. After the first scrimmage, I'm confident it will become more publicly defined."

Friday’s scrimmage is very important for several positions, but none more important then that quarterback slot.

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