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Thursday, April 15, 2004

By Henry Hinton
Broadcaster & Owner of Greenville Cable 7

New captain signals he will do it his way


Dr. Steven Ballard’s visit to Greenville this week is a great indication he wants to move his agenda forward post haste.

The new Chief Pirate is showing us early that he is in charge and wants to have a hand in things that will affect the future of the university — even if the efforts were already underway before his appointment by UNC System president Molly Broad.

The hiring of the new director of athletics is a great example. There is no question that there were those who wanted the new AD hiring placed on the fast track months ago. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and this mega-important decision is still to be made.

Not that the decision is not needed immediately, but there are those, yours truly included, who felt strongly from the outset that the new chancellor should have the chance to feel totally comfortable with this hire.

Many, including some members of the search committee, wanted the decision made prior to the hiring of the chancellor. That would have created an opportunity for another disjointed administration.

It is not clear that Ballard is insisting on a slower process, but what is certain is that he will absolutely make the final call. That is as it should be.

The discord that has marred the ECU program for the last 18 months has given us a black eye. Everyone should be on the same page as we move forward, especially the chief executive officer of the university and the director of athletics.

Ballard is faced with several good candidates and from all indications has not closed the book on some other potential late-comers.

This approach can only solidify the process and make the bond stronger once the final decision has been made.

It is a solid decision and in my view allows Ballard to set the right tone as he faces his June 1 start date.

Thunder gets bang from Logan

When former ECU coach Steve Logan accepted a position with NFL Europe's Berlin Thunder franchise, many were scratching their heads and wondering how he would do in that new environment.

In the first two weeks of the season it is becoming apparent that Logan is having a tremendously positive effect on his team.

Logan flew to Boston to meet with New England Patriots head coach Bill Billichek and the offensive staff of the Super Bowl Champions before leaving for training camp in Tampa six weeks ago.

The Patriots wanted Logan to implement their offense into the Thunder’s game plans to allow Rohan Davey, the team's back-up quarterback, to develop.

Logan has tutored Davey, a former star at LSU, since camp began and through the first two weeks of the season. The results have been very positive.

Davey was named the NFL Europe Offensive Player of the Week after the Thunder defeated Amsterdam 28-17 last Saturday.

Davey ‘s passer rating of 110.2 is tops in NFL Europe and in Saturday’s game he completed 12 of 18 passes for 164 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

In addition to Davey’s accolades, Logan’s top receiver, Jorg Heckenbach, was named the National Player of the Week after grabbing two touchdown catches of 52 and 43 yards.

Logan is responsible for both the quarterback and receiver positions for the Thunder.

Berlin is off to a 2-0 start, its best ever.

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