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Henry's Highlights
Thursday, December 9, 2004

By Henry Hinton

Holland busily engaged in righting the ship

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To say that Terry Holland is a man on a mission would be an understatement. In just a few short months on the job, Holland has reawakened the synergy of a program that had been heading in the wrong direction.

It may be a cliché, but Holland is the right guy at the right time.

New East Carolina head football coach Skip Holtz is busy at work putting together his staff and looking under every high school rock for a recruit or two that might still be uncommitted.

Meanwhile, Holland is off to other issues, having done what he thought he had to do to steer back on course a proud Pirate gridiron program.

The Pirate fanbase is not wallowing in frustration about a 2-9 season. They are talking about the future with renewed excitement.

Wednesday afternoon, Holland graced the Talk 1070-Cable 7 studios to tape an interview that will be aired on Talk of the Town this afternoon (Thursday) in the 5 o’clock hour.

Holland is on a whirlwind schedule this week, having been in New York on Monday and Tuesday for what he called “conference meetings around the College Football Hall of Fame banquet.”

When we heard that, we immediately wondered, ‘Which conference?’

Speculation persists that Holland is discussing a potential deal with The Big East that would get ECU a ‘football-only’ invitation after the first of the year. But no, it appears that Holland was in a Conference USA caucus that coincided with the annual banquet in New York.

Of course, he still had every chance to run into Big East Commish Mike Tranghese, who was undoubtedly at the same event. Holland is making no bones about trying to position ECU to be a player in the BCS one way or another.

How far along are discussions with The Big East? Are they serious? We posed that question to Holland in the interview.

A word of warning before you partake of the interview: Holland has already proven to be the consummate politician. While he does not always give a direct answer, you might get a hint of what his plans are — if you listen carefully.

If the rumored Big East invitation is forthcoming, there are many issues with which Holland must concern himself. ECU would have to respond positively to such an offer, but what about other sports? We posed that question to him as well.

In preparing for the one on one with Coach Holland, we tried to think of the questions on every Pirate fan's mind right now.

Here are some of the other topics we discussed in the interview:

Was it fair to only give John Thompson two years?

What traits were you looking for in hiring a successor to Thompson?

What are the expectations for Holtz’s first season?

Why is ECU traveling to play teams like Western Carolina and Gardner-Webb on the road in basketball?

What is the future for ECU athletics? What other things are in your plans to move the program forward?

And, of course, we had to ask Coach Holland to reminisce a bit about his coaching days. Going back for years, one question I have wanted to ask him is why he stopped coaching at such a young age? Holland was just 48 when he left his head coaching position at Virginia.

I also thought people would like to hear about his relationship with his friend and college coach Lefty Driesell.

Terry Holland is nothing if not affable. His friendly demeanor is disarming, but make no mistake — Terry Holland is a giant in the college athletics industry and he wants to win.

He has always been a winner and he intends to be one here. There is little question that Holland sees ECU as his last professional challenge. One gets the feeling that his goals are to move swiftly to get the job done. His actions in just a few short months certainly speak to that.

East Carolina is very fortunate to have landed Terry Holland at this point in its history.


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