ON PIRATE SPORTS
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
By Brian Bailey
Scrimmages provide answers
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Skip Holtz says that one group
always leaves the practice field happy, while the other leaves a bit
He’s talking about his
coaching staff after a preseason scrimmage. It is the nature of the
business. When you are scrimmaging against one another, either the offense
or defense will go home disappointed.
We’ve seen it before in past
seasons. The offense might cruise in the summertime. Does that mean that the
offense is a well oiled machine, or that the defense has more holes then
In the two seasons before
Coach Holtz’ arrival, it turned out to be a little bit of both.
This staff, though, brings a
level of maturity that allows both sides to get in the work needed.
The Pirates have just one
scrimmage to go before the start of the regular season. The first two
workouts were mainly for the younger players to try and set the depth chart.
This final workout will be a dress rehearsal for the opener against the
Naval Academy on September 2nd.
“You just never know,” said
Holtz after Saturday’s scrimmage. “You usually can tell more after watching
the tape. I do know that I really like our team’s effort and enthusiasm.
They are working hard.”
These truly are the dog days
of August. For the players it is football’s longest month of the season.
Those long days, though, will be at least a little shorter now with the
completion of the two-a-day sessions.
"I thought the morning
practice was very spirited, as if they're finally
seeing the light at the end of tunnel," Holtz said. "In the afternoon,
our attention was on Navy. We've got to get our players comfortable with
Navy's offense and defense. It was more of a teaching day, perhaps a
little robotic at times."
Injuries are always a factor
in the preseason. The Pirates got good news on Scotty Robinson on Monday,
who showed no significant damage after his injury on Saturday. Robinson is
listed as day to day, and should be ready to go for the opener with no
Back on the air with Golden
“The Brian Bailey Show” made
its season debut on Monday night. Once again this year, my show will air
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday nights on Cable 7 in Greenville and on Talk
1070 AM in eastern North Carolina.
I’ll also be a regular on “The
Press Box” on Pirate Radio 1250 and 930 on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m.
Both shows are a great
opportunity to talk East Carolina athletics and I really enjoy the
On Monday’s first show, ECU
strength coach Mike Golden was my guest. Golden and his wife are the parents
of five children. They range in age from 1 month to 7 years of age. The
oldest four are girls, with the newborn the first son for Golden.
When asked about the large
family, Golden joked, “My wife just can’t keep her hands off me!”
Golden has this Pirate
football team in unbelievable shape. Ask anybody on the coaching staff,
especially Coach Holtz, and they will all say what a great job Golden has
done with this Pirate football team.
Golden seems to have that
touch that the great strength coaches all have. He is feared by the players,
“It’s a fine line between
pushing a player to his limit, and pushing a player too far,” said Golden.
“That’s the toughest part of my job. We want our players to go the limit.”
That “limit” should pay
dividends on the field this fall.
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