OF THE DAY
Which is better:
spring break or spring practice?
by Eric Gilmore
Most students last week were cramming for their midterm exams before
Spring Break started. Okay, some of them may have been downtown.
However, the football team was busy salivating for their first day in
The start of spring practice finally meant that the last two seasons
are distant history. The slate is started anew and positions are up in
the air. The countdown until April 16 for the Purple/Gold Pigskin
Pigout Party has started.
After being left with such a bitter taste in Charlotte, it was
refreshing to hear helmets bashing against each other. After such a
depressing season, listening to coaches' yell and whistles being blown
were more than comforting. It even made me pop in my 1991 "We Believe"
As you fill out your NCAA tournament bracket right now, Skip Holtz is
probably reviewing three days of practice tape. It sounds silly, but
the first-year coach had never seen his team play football. It was the
first time that he had seen them do anything other than the weight room
and winter conditioning.
Each team gets a mandated 15 practices by the NCAA in the spring. Holtz
has decided to use same schedule for the first two weeks. The team
practiced Monday, Wednesday in shorts and went to pads on Thursday. The
team is going to take ten days off for Spring Break and then come back
on the very same weekdays before the Easter Break.
After the first six practices, Holtz will sit back and evaluate each
position. Certain players that performed well will start getting more
of the repetitions. He hopes to finish filling out his two-deep depth
chart by the end of spring practice.
It has already been publicized that Jamar Flournoy is being moved back
to his original position of safety. Travis Williams has been listed as
a wide receiver. With a new coach, look for other people in addition to
Flournoy to move.
Skip Holtz believes that offensive and defensive linemen are
interchangeable. Several of the young defensive linemen will probably
move to the other side of the ball to make up for the lack of depth.
It's refreshing to hear the truth out of Holtz. With the last coach,
fans had increased expectations because of what he said. Holtz stated
in an interview that the offensive line and quarterback are both areas
that need revamping.
Robert Tillman is going to surprise some people this year. With him
being the only true returning tailback aside from Chris Johnson, he
will get many of the repetitions. Tillman got lost in the shuffle
trying to get on the field at the wide receiver position. Richard
Koonce, Chris Moore and Chris Sellars have impressed Holtz with their
As I head down south to work on my tan, you might see several football
players still in town lurking around the Murphy Center. I guarantee
there are some players that are wishing for spring break to be over so
they can get back to practicing.
With the dominating sweep of Navy over the weekend, it brings the
diamond Pirates record to 11-4. The baseball polls have to heed the
Pirate's screams to be ranked. If Will Kimmey and his Baseball America
cohorts don't put the Pirates in the top 25, then there is something
seriously wrong. They have downed four ranked opponents, three of which
they won by a combined score of 30-3.
Kudos to Billy Richardson who hit for the cycle and pitched an inning
on the mound in Sunday's 14-0 shellacking. Randy Mazey told a number of
students at the Student Pirate Club social that he was planning on
pitching Richardson soon.
Richardson was a pitcher at Fresno City College before transferring to
ECU. Mazey also stated that it will be awhile until Brody Taylor makes
a full recovery. Carter Harrell is in line after Taylor following Tommy