Most Pirate fans know Dennis Young. He’s
that Pirate Club guy, no not Big Guy. Young, director of the Pirate
Club since 1992, opened up his house to a ragged tag group of students
on Sunday night.
He and his wife Ellen grilled some delicious pork tenderloin. But more
importantly, the Youngs opened their immaculate home to the Student
Pirate Club Executive Board. We, as an organization (Student Pirate
Club) really haven’t done much. But it didn’t matter to Young and his
These guys’ job descriptions consist of constantly attempt to pry money
from donors. They have to continually keep the same people happy
despite athletic outcomes they can’t control. Even if they don’t like a
person or their opinion, they have to respect them because of their
However, the current Pirate Club staff doesn’t have that aura about
them. They appear to be honest genuine people who care about the
Pirates and their success. Maybe they’ve pulled the wool over my eyes,
but with the family atmosphere they have exuded, I highly doubt it.
Michael Ward has extended his hand to help the SPC. One of the newer
guys on the Pirate Club staff; he has been extremely helpful in
offering his experience and expertise. Ward has been instrumental in
developing the SPC to a near 2,500 member organization, which is one of
the largest student organizations in the state.
Having 8,000 members of the Pirate Club greatly affects the number that
conference officials see. If half of the current students become Pirate
Club members in the future, then Pirate athletics can grow leaps and
bounds. Maybe then, we can get that indoor practice facility.
Now that the NCAA has ruled in favor of a 12th game, look for the
Pirates to beef up their football schedule. Terry Holland has been
ready for the rule to be passed for months. He has already contracted
for the Pirates to begin a series with Virginia Tech.
The four game series will most likely start in 2006. Obviously, both
teams will have a home game. However, with the ACC scheduling for the
Hokies, it was easier for the athletic officials to move two of the
games to Charlotte. The next two games in the series will most likely
be played in Charlotte to ensure both teams can split the profits.
A series in Charlotte makes sense. It allows for the players to play in
a NFL stadium, can secure a major sponsor and will sell tickets to both
teams. Even if Bank of America Stadium is filled with all Hokie fans,
ECU still profits from half of the proceeds.
The Pirates were supposed to play the Hokies last season in the Black
Coaches Association Classic. ECU got bumped in favor the University of
Southern Cal. The BCA Classic probably prevented Auburn from earning a
shot at the national championship game last season.
Ohio University owes the Pirates a home game as well. Peering into the
future of the schedule through 2011, gone are the West Virginias and
Wake Forests. Say hello to the N.C. States and Carolinas. Also, don’t
be surprised to see a renewed interest with South Carolina now that the
schools are so interconnected.