preface my article by
stating that I firmly believe Terry Holland is the best athletic
director ECU has ever had. In one year, he has changed the overall
attitude on campus and that of the athletic department.
being said, Holland
did respond via e-mail to my controversial article entitled “Holland
needs to cater to student’s concerns.” As
usual, Holland is open to
constructive debate. Fresh off an argumentative childhood, so am I.
the article, which
unfortunately many of you did not get to see in its truest form, trying
to protect the student’s rights. I accused Holland
of forgetting about the students in light of the Circle of Excellence.
My point was to not create division among the Pirate Nation, but
instead attempt to protect students’ rights.
have gone about it in the wrong
way. I chose a public forum to ignite a backlash rather than talking
privately with Holland. I
included the Student Pirate Club Executive Board, which did not share
my same sentiments. And for that, I apologize.
the same time, I don’t like the
gang mentality that the athletic department sometimes enforces with
what is filtered to the media. The beauty of Pirate Radio’s daily
articles is the fresh opinions from the local sports experts.
from a couple of editorials in
the newspaper, many of these same media experts are forced to withhold
their opinions in delivering the daily news. If they do voice their
real opinions in a public venue (much like I did), they are slaughtered
on internet message boards. But at the same time, they have to weigh
their opinion, which might ruffle some feathers, versus having a
continued working relationship with athletic personnel.
sometimes feel like football’s
long snapper. This is my sixth published article this week. I’ve
written five articles from features to recaps and previews and not a
soul has a problem with them. Of course, all five of them have a
positive tone. But it is the sixth article when the ball sails over the
punter’s head and everyone starts shooting blame.
The same applies in another article I
wrote for The East Carolinian on Wednesday. The article entitled
“Liberty Bowl officials out of line” is linked HERE
Similarly, the backlash has been is in
full force including feedback from a Marshall
beat writer. Yes, Boise State
is in the WAC rather than the Mountain West as the article mentions.
That’s my editor and mine’s bust. However, the previous tie-in did pit
the champions of the Mountain West and C-USA.
by my opinion. While its
dandy that C-USA secured the Liberty Bowl, it’s still not great that
ECU is not in a BCS conference. ECU fans can spin it any way they want
to, but I can’t come around to playing a mediocre SEC team if ECU wins
the conference championship. Not our ECU.
said mediocre. That’s
what C-USA will get at best. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is not a New
Year’s Day bowl. For the exception of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the
rest of the SEC affiliated top bowls are on New Year’s Day or
example that the new
AutoZone Liberty Bowl tie-in occurred last year. Yes, the now BCS
inclusion would have helped a one-loss Louisville
team. But, C-USA would have been most likely matched up with a 6-5
team. The same Alabama
team that lost 20-16 to Minnesota
in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl.
Which is a better opponent, undefeated Boise State or a 6-5 Alabama?
2003, the C-USA champion USM (9-4) would have taken on a 7-5 Auburn
squad. Instead, USM lost 17-0 to Utah. Utah was 10-2
on the season. Again, which is a better national match-up?
fans will flock to Memphis.
But nationally, will the game merit the media attention of two
conference champions? No. Regionally, the game will be a smash. Big
whoop. Until people are watching the Liberty Bowl because of its
national interest, it will mean nothing. Not to mention the nasty rumor
that the bowl officials won’t allow in-state teams to play each other.
it or not, Holland
and I are both on the same page. We are trying to advance ECU’s cause
as much as possible. Until regular fans recognize differing opinions
are positive, they will continue to be ostriches with their necks in