Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
By Brian Bailey
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the archive of Monday night's Brian Bailey
Show, featuring guest Mike Golden,
ECU's new strength coach:
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Was it me, or did this seem
like the longest, hottest summer ever?
Finally, though, football
nears. Coach Skip Holtz and the Pirates wrapped up their final two-a-day
opportunity on Monday. They’ll continue to work this week, trying to improve
and to get ready for the start of classes and the final scrimmage on Friday.
It may be hot on September
3rd, but the heat shouldn’t affect this East Carolina football team. Coach
Holtz says it’s a credit to Mike Golden and his staff that the Pirates have
practiced in the heat but haven’t lost guys to cramps or anything else that
would be heat related.
“We went this morning in
shorts and helmets,” Holtz said after Monday’s first practice. “We did move
tonight’s practice to late because we’ve had some guys drop some weight
because of the heat. That’s why we’re doing it, though, because of the
afternoon start against Duke. If we were playing at 7:00 then we might have
gone more at night.”
The kickoff time for the
Pirates' season opener with the Blue Devils at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium was
changed to 1 p.m. to accommodate College Sports Television, which will
telecast the contest.
The game plan is just about in
for the Duke game. In fact, Holtz is calling Friday’s scrimmage the “Duke
scrimmage” as thoughts continue on the Blue Devils.
“We are out of camp at this
point,” said Holtz. “We’re looking as if we play a game on Friday night.
That’s why this will be our Duke scrimmage.”
2005 show debut is 'Golden'
Strength coach Mike Golden was
my first guest for another season of “The Brian Bailey Show” on Talk 1070AM
and Cable 7 last night.
As I have said and written
before, Coach Golden has that gleam that I’ve seen before from other
successful strength coaches.
Golden says this Pirate team
is ready to kick off the 2005 football season.
“The guys have worked really
hard, both during the voluntary workouts and in summer camp,” Golden said.
“They have taken in everything we’ve given them. I couldn’t be any more
Much has been made over the
last couple of years about the Pirates' performance in the fourth quarter.
Golden says he has no doubt that this team is both physically and mentally
ready to play four quarters.
“I have no doubt,” said
Golden. “We will be strong in the fourth quarter. I think it’s more of a
mental thing, but we’ll be ready.”
Thanks to all of you who call
in, watch, or listen each year to the show. It’s been a lot of fun
through the years, especially when the Pirates have success.
Thanks also to Coach Skip
Holtz for making his assistants available to come on with me, and to Tom
McClellan and the media relations staff at East Carolina for helping with
the arrangements. The ECU football secretaries, especially Laurie Holden,
also make my job that much easier. Without these folks, we simply wouldn’t
have a show.
Pirate family ties
Eighteen years ago this month
the Lord blessed me with a daughter. As we left for the hospital that
morning in 1987, I had placed a football, basketball and baseball in the
crib. Twelve of thirteen grandchildren in the family were boys, so odds were
in my favor for a boy.
Hours later, I would replace
those balls with a softball. Kyle became Kaitlyn on a Friday evening that
I’ll never forget. WNCT-TV led the eleven o’clock newscast that night with
Growing up, Kaitlyn always
talked about going away to college, while Dad begged her to stay close to
The closer it came to decision
day, though, the more our thoughts reversed themselves.
Kaitlyn wanted to stay close
to home. I did a complete turnaround. After raising a teenage daughter,
Alaska-Anchorage looked like a good choice!
Really, though, I’m writing
this to say how proud I am that my daughter Kaitlyn is now an East Carolina
Pirate. The same little “tub of goo” that danced with Pee Dee at the old
Minges Coliseum begins classes later this week. The school that I’ve had the
privilege to cover over the last 20 years is where my daughter now calls
There is one side note to this
story. As we were moving Kaitlyn into her dorm, I saw ECU athletic director
Terry Holland. Coach Holland was standing in front of the check-in area,
greeting the new freshmen.
Actions speak louder then
words. Holland continues to be East Carolina’s lead ambassador.
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