Holtz must have learned a couple of tricks sneaking around football
stadiums for much of his childhood. As a coach's son, he had plenty of
idle time when his father was busying dictating practices. He probably
knew the intricacies of the stadiums like dairy farmers know their
During the games, Skip must have seen multitudes of offensive linemen
over the years that cowered when his legend of a father bent over for
his patented grass pick. That intense crouch usually meant that a Lou
tongue lashing was eminent.
Unlike the burley offensive linemen, the younger Holtz probably
developed a decent mechanism for hiding when his father came looking
Already, four practices into the 2005 season, Holtz is still doing a
little bit of hiding. Holtz and his staff are keeping their game plan
extremely close to the vest. The secrecy resembles a covert operation
rather than a public football team.
Holtz has implemented a policy for the beginning of the season that
practices are closed to fans. The policy is not unusual nor is it
unrealistic. However, the media is allowed for the first 30 minutes
only, which usually includes general activities such as stretching and
The staff understandably wants to protect the element of surprise
against their first opponent, Duke. The game film from the spring game
included a simple version of the complex offense. Holtz knew that Duke
would obtain and study the film. Instead, Duke would probably do better
studying archaic games tapes from Georgia Tech under Shankweiler and
South Carolina under Holtz.
Jamar Bryant was supposed to come save the day. The star wide receiver
from ex-ECU head coach Ed Emory's program at Richmond County High
School, is missing in action. He graduated high school in 2004.
However, Bryant did not qualify academically and chose to attend prep
school to add a year of maturity.
Much like Marcus Hands and Brandon Setzer, Bryant was able to play
football without losing a year of college eligibility. After excelling
at wide receiver and defensive back at Hargrave, Bryant signed a letter
of intent with Georgia.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Bryant has blazing speed clocking a 4.5 second
40-yard dash. With two weeks remaining for classes to commence at
Georgia, Mark Richt released a statement.
"Jamar Bryant has asked for and received release from his letter of
intent with the University of Georgia. He has decided he wants to go to
East Carolina University, which is closer to his home,'' Richt said.
Two weeks later, Richt's words may not be so right. Everyone assumed
that Bryant would be on team when the Pirates started practice last
Friday. That isn't the case. As of yesterday, Bryant has no affiliation
with the Pirates, according to media officials.
According to these officials, Bryant has yet to sign a letter of intent
for the Pirates. He isn't in practice and simply hasn't shown up.
Calls were made to the admissions department to detect whether Bryant
has been admitted as a student. He is listed in the e-mail database as
a perspective student. However, rising freshmen are already listed
among the regular student population. He does not have a OneStop
account, which all students are required to have.
Conceivably, if Bryant got his transcript and papers into the proper
places, he could become a part of the team. However, that seems very
unlikely at this point. But then again, he could be hiding.