Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
By Brian Bailey
Goblins and turf demons too
much to handle
Monday night's Brian Bailey Show,
with guest Chris Ferguson.
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Holtz's postgame press conference from
Saturday's ECU-UCF game (recorded by
In the spirit of Halloween,
the Pirates offered up both tricks and treats on Saturday against Central
It was almost as if some of
the “evil spirits” from the halftime show stuck around for the fourth
Actually, those “evil spirits”
made their appearance earlier than that. How else do you explain Travis
Williams’ decision to try and field a punt inside his own three yard line?
Another key trick in the loss
was the Brandon Fractious fumble in the fourth quarter. The game was on the
line and Fractious was looking to add to his most successful day as a Pirate
when he fumbled in his own backfield.
“This one was frustrating,”
said Pirate coach Skip Holtz after the game. “I know that the guys are
really working hard, but we just aren’t making the plays to win football
Maybe it was the purple pants.
We did some checking to see how East Carolina has fared over the years in
the uniforms that make the squad look like the grapes in the fruit of the
loom commercials. The unofficial answer we got is that the Pirates are are
0-8 all-time in all purple, including the 1994 Liberty Bowl shutout loss to
On the other side, treats for
the day included the play of Fractious at running back. Coach Holtz had said
last week that he wanted to find depth at that position, and Fractious was
enjoying his coming out party when he fumbled in the fourth quarter.
“I just tell the guys to
convince me that I can trust them,” said Holtz. “We didn’t play Brandon for
a while because of the fumbles. He fumbled in warm-ups for one game, so we
held him out. But he is really running the football well. I just tell them
to, ‘Help me trust you,’ in this whole deal.
Holtz said last week that he
didn’t know why the team seemed to get off to a slow start. He joked that
his squad might go through a full-scale scrimmage for a half-hour or so
before the game, just to get ready. Regardless, it’s another trick that the
Pirates have to remedy in a hurry.
The Pirates now take this week
off before making trips to Tulsa and Marshall. ECU will most likely be
underdogs in both of those games, before coming home to take on UAB.
At 3-5, the Pirate players and
coaches certainly are far from satisfied. Still, three wins in eight games
beats three wins in two years — by a long shot.
Godwin timing odd
Word officially came out late
Friday afternoon that East Carolina was removing the “acting” designation
from baseball coach Billy Godwin's title, offering him a three-year contract
as Randy Mazey’s replacement.
Obviously, the timing was odd,
but that has been the case with this entire story. Heck, Mazey was shagging
fly balls at a fund raiser at the stadium the day before he got the news
that he wouldn’t return as coach.
Coach Godwin reminded me of an
award that both of us received a couple of years ago. The North Carolina
High School Baseball Coaches named Godwin as the state’s college coach of
the year after Louisburg made it to the Junior College World Series. That
same year that organization presented me with the state’s media award.
Little did I know that it
wouldn’t be long before I would get the chance to cover Coach Godwin and his
team on a daily basis.
Everyone that I have talked to
has nothing but great things to say about the new Pirate coach. The only
knock has to be his lack of experience at the Division I level.
If everyone comes back as
healthy as expected, the Pirates will have a very strong pitching staff for
the ’06 season. The word is that the restocking of position players will be
Godwin’s biggest challenge to start with.
Congrats to Baldwin-Tener
Congratulations to the Tener
family on the birth of Matt and Sharon’s second child. Samantha Elaine was
born on Friday, October 28th. She came into the world at 7 lbs and 2 oz,
joining brother Luke in the Tener clan.
Coach Baldwin-Tener was back
at practice on Monday afternoon.
The coach’s timing was a bit
better this time. You’ll recall her son Luke arrived late in the season the
year he was born.
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