The preseason college football magazines have been released for a
couple of weeks now. Take your pick among Athlon Sports
, Phil Steele
and Street & Smith’s
. A word of
advice: don’t waste your
money at your nearest CVS or Walgreens (which can’t be too far).
They are all vanilla ice-cream, incredibly plain and contain no real
taste. The only real variation between the four is that Athlon at least
has a section devoted to the cheerleaders. Wait, I stand corrected: you
could get a different cover of each…if you drive to California.
How can Lindy’s
and Phil Steele
claim to be experts
when they write
the entire content? It would take an incredible geek to be a so-called
expert on every single football conference, much less football team.
It’s hard for the Greenville media and me to keep up with the
Pirates, so how can these guys?
All these analysts do is call the 119 Division I-A head coaches. With
media relations personnel at each school, I could do that in a week.
These ‘experts’ judge everything on statistics. If a cornerback (Zach
Baker) has five interceptions in a season, then it must be an automatic
qualifier for second-team Conference USA. They chose to ignore the fact
that the more athletic Pierre Parker beat him out in spring practice.
and Athlon Sports
, the Pirates stand at
Louisiana-Lafayette is ahead of the Pirates while lowly programs Duke
and Middle Tennessee both stand in the 90’s. How far have the Pirates
On average, Chris Moore and Travis Williams stand out as the only
Pirates on the first-team C-USA. Second-team members include Erode
Jean, Eric Graham and Zach Baker. As a team, the Pirates are picked
usually fifth or last in the tough Eastern Division of C-USA. Marshall
and Central Florida are candidates for last when the Pirates sneak out
of the cellar.
Coaches, players and now fans all seem to have their ears to the ground
involving any new news on the James Pinkney saga. Pinkney is in fact
enrolled in classes and must gain a 2.5 GPA for the summer. The former
ECU quarterback has a familiar classmate. No, it’s not Reicko Jones.
Sorry, it’s not Guy Whimper. Remember Josh Chilsom?
Chilsom, an undersized linebacker, enrolled in classes during the fall
even though he was ineligible. However, it is my understanding that
Chilsom did not enroll in the spring semester. He is now back and looks
to be on the same course load that Pinkney finds himself on. Ironic,
If Chilsom finds himself eligible in the fall, then he will have a hard
time finding the field. With Jarrett Wiggins and Dashaun Stephens
fighting for the last starting spot, Chilsom could easily be the odd
man out. He stands only 5’11”, which is small for most linebackers. He
has a decent frame, but lacks speed to be considered in nickel coverage.
The basketball staff spent most of last week recruiting. Sure, their
players were a little young and a few years off, but the staff was
still hitting the trail. Actually, the four-man team didn’t have to go
very far as there were conducting a summer basketball camp last week.
The camps provide a perfect opportunity to scour the talent pool of
eastern North Carolina. More importantly, it was one of the first
opportunities to bring in high school coaches from around the area to
provide auxiliary help for the campers. Most of the campers were
younger, but still seemed to be enjoying themselves.
It was odd to see some future hoopsters shooting at portable basketball
goals outside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The lack of square
footage inside Minges is starting to become a glaring problem. When
Terry Holland first came on board, he mentioned a practice gym in
addition to Minges. During the school year, the women’s volleyball team
competes with both basketball teams in addition to various concerts and
even academic classes. Do I smell a capital campaign (after the
football practice field of course)?