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From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

By Brian Bailey

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By Brian Bailey
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I don’t get a chance to go to many in-season practices at East Carolina, because most of those workouts end just about the time I go on the air with my six o’clock sportscast.

I did get to attend the last part of Monday’s practice. Monday is usually a day off. Fall break ends Wednesday, and Wednesday is considered a Monday academic day on campus. Thus, the Pirates will take today off because of class schedules.

This Pirate team didn’t practice like a squad lacking in confidence, desperate to snap a three game losing streak. I saw a confident team. I saw a hard working squad. I think I might have even seen that chip on the Pirates' shoulder.

Coach Skip Holtz has had to dig deep into his bag of motivational themes this week. Holtz realizes that the road to a Conference USA title starts with a win over Memphis on Saturday.

The Tigers, though, will certainly come to town with championship thoughts of their own. Why not? The entire Conference USA East is anyone’s to win.

Memphis outplayed Louisville last week, but fell to the Cardinals 35-28.

Holtz has seen his team rise to the top of the mountain with a 3-0 start. He’s since watched his Pirates free fall with three consecutive losses.

Still, Holtz is the guy who has to keep everything in perspective.

“I said it when we were 3-0,” said Holtz. “I told the team that nothing is ever as good as it seems, and nothing is ever as bad. Somewhere in the middle is where reality falls.”

Holtz does a good job of hiding his innermost feelings for the most part. Still, you can see that this season has provided a different sort of frustration level for the coach.

“It is frustrating in the standpoint of disappointment,” said Holtz. “At the same time, I feel I have an obligation to these players, to the Zack Slates, to the Jay Rosses, to the Pierre Bells, to all of the upperclassmen on this team that are playing at an unbelievably productive level.

"I need to make sure I can fix what is broken right now and put some pieces in place to give them a chance to succeed and go win.”

One of the positions Holtz plans to fix is at the quarterback position. Patrick Pinkney has struggled of late, and now Rob Kass will get a shot against Memphis.

Kass took just about all of the snaps in Monday’s practice. Pinkney is nursing a bum ankle. Both are expected to play on Saturday, but this may be Kass’ first real shot this year to guide this football team.

“Being a competitive person, I want to be the guy,” said Kass. “I want to be that guy out there when it comes down to it and I want the ball in my hands. I know Patrick is a very good player and he brings a different aspect to the game. I know we can both help this team to win.”

Pinkney has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows through six games this season. Give the senior credit. He’s ready to step back if it’s for the good of the football team.

“Whatever it takes to win games,” said Pinkney. “It’s a team game. You have to be ready when your number is called. We both practice like starters and we both work hard.”

Holtz continues in search of the senior leadership that is part of the recipe for a winning season. Brandon Simmons reportedly gave Jonathan Williams a fairly physical attitude adjustment recently. I’d say that worked. Williams ran as hard as we’ve seen him run in the loss to Virginia. He’ll be the feature back again this week, though Norman Whitley should get some touches as well.

Three wins… then three losses… Maybe the Pirates will start another winning streak this week by beating Memphis.


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10/15/2008 12:41:43 AM


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