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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, August 5, 2003
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Preseason itinerary brings new wrinkles


Each year, the sports information department at East Carolina sends out its list of “important dates for Pirate football.”

Somehow, I lost my list this year. I had a nightmare Sunday night that the Pirates were already practicing and I was sound asleep, missing this first big day of the football season.

I certainly don’t want to miss John Thompson’s first official summer practice as the head coach at East Carolina.

There is a change this year where the freshman won’t practice before the varsity. So the entire team will report on Wednesday.

The freshman will come in a little early that day and the group will report to the Murphy Center at 1:00 for their orientation.

The entire varsity will report at 3pm at an off campus hotel. This is a big change from past years. The squad is scheduled to stay off campus until the start of school later this month.

The idea is to give the players a true, camp-like experience. Going off campus will take away some of the distractions.

Also on Wednesday, the entire team and all of the player’s families will have a dinner at 5:30. It’s John Thompson’s way of kicking off the summer schedule. Even the media is invited, though I don’t know if we’ll get to stay for dinner.

The first official day of practice is set for Thursday morning.

You get the feeling that John Thompson can’t wait to get started.

Primetime Programming

My radio program, The Brian Bailey Show, will move to 8pm-9pm this year, at least for football season.

Coach Thompson is using Mondays as practice days, so his assistant coaches won’t be available until later on in the evening.

I’ve been very lucky to get the assistant coaches to visit with me each season to talk Pirate football. I started the show way back with Coach Art Baker in the 80’s.

Coach Thompson seemed to be genuinely excited about the show, and told me he’d help out in any way possible.

My show will air on The Talk FM, 98.3 WCZI and simulcast on Cable 7 TV in Greenville. We will also be available again this year on the Internet.

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