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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

By Brian Bailey

Press shindigs signal kickoff is near

By Brian Bailey
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When the various leagues hold their annual football media events, you know the season can’t be that far behind.

Conference USA was in Memphis this past weekend. East Carolina coach Skip Holtz was joined by quarterback Patrick Pinkney and defensive lineman Zack Slate in the City of Elvis.

Each team had about ten minutes of action on the telecast by CBS College Sports (the former CSTV). Pinkney had the best line when he was asked which game meant more to him, the win over North Carolina or the bowl victory over Boise State.

“Why not both,” Pinkney fired back without blinking an eye. He went to talk about how both games were big. Give him credit for thinking so quickly on his feet with the lights on and the cameras rolling.

You can really tell that Coach Holtz is very comfortable with his team. It shows with every comment that he makes.

“This is the story about a group of guys who said we’re tired of losing,” said Holtz during the telecast. “They’ve bought in. They’ve jumped in with both feet. They’ve made an unbelievable commitment and the thing I’ll say about this team is that they’ve never given up.”

Holtz was also asked about what his team would do without Chris Johnson in the backfield this year.

“I think it will be difficult because he was such a special player for us. He could take that 8-yard gain and make it an 80-yard gain,” said Holtz. "I think some are going to have to pick up the flag and run with it. It isn’t going to be done by one person. It’ll be done by committee.”

East Carolina’s first opponent this year is the pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division. At the ACC's media kickoff event in Greensboro, GA, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer was quick to point out that his club has some big holes to fill.

Beamer said that the schedule will make things difficult. He mentioned playing at North Carolina, at Boston College, at Nebraska and at Miami. Beamer added in the fact that his Hokies also have to play East Carolina in Charlotte.

East Carolina will also face Virginia, picked fifth in the Coastal, and North Carolina State, selected sixth.

The Pirates will report to camp in just over a week. We’re just over five weeks away from the start of the season.

Won’t it be great to talk football each and every week!


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07/22/2008 01:25:05 AM


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