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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, October 20, 2008

By Brian Bailey

A touchdown to remember

By Brian Bailey
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Rob Kass
(Photo: ECU SID)


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Perhaps now Rob Kass has come full circle.

Kass caught the first touchdown pass of his career in East Carolina's 49-13 Homecoming roast of Rice on Saturday.

The same guy that didn’t get that start against Virginia Tech two years ago because of his DUI is enjoying his senior season. The same guy, who for the most part was relegated to the bench last year, wanted to play.

Play he has.

He has blocked on most plays. Every once in a while he gets in the mix for Patrick Pinkney. Saturday, he finally got the touchdown.

The catch resulted in much more than just points.

“It meant a lot to me,” said Kass with a huge smile on his face. “But it also meant a lot to me when I had the lead block on G’s (Giavanni Ruffin’s) touchdown run.”

Pirate coach Skip Holtz agreed.

“Rob Kass's touchdown catch meant a lot more than seven points,” said Holtz. “When he made that catch, my heart went out to him because of the commitment, sacrifices and impact he has made on this program during his four years here.

"For him to jump in there and make that catch was great to see.”

The sideline absolutely erupted on the play. Rob has earned this entire team’s respect with his unselfishness in just wanting to get on the football field.

“He made a great read on the play,” said Pinkney. “The safety thought he was going to keep going. Rob just settled in and found a spot, and I was happy that I was able to get him the football.”

Kass enjoyed talking about the moment.

“I looked up and saw that the play clock was winding down,” said Kass. “I just thought that Pat had better hurry up and get the snap. He did and I was able to get open. He made a nice pass.”

Odd schedule presents test

The Pirates are off this Saturday. In fact, the Pirates won’t play on a Saturday again until November 21, when East Carolina hosts UAB.

The Pirates will next play on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Memphis. Then, it’s Virginia Tech on a Thursday night (Nov. 5) in Greenville before a Sunday, Nov. 15, tilt at Tulsa.

All three games will be on national television. The exposure for the program, like the MasterCard commercial, is priceless.

Exposure the hard way

Skip Holtz loves to be on a certain schedule. Now, Coach Holtz will never really know what day it is. Oh, he’ll know it’s a day, but it won’t be the same one that you and I are working.

Holtz should probably call the days of his week as numbers, like day 1 or day 2. ECU will travel to Memphis on Monday, which is Holtz’s Friday. Game day is Tuesday, which is Saturday.

Still, Holtz likes the trade-off he gets for playing on the odd days.

"I love the exposure,” said Holtz. “I know I enjoy going home on Tuesday night, eating dinner and watching the second half on TV. Now that I have to go be part of it, though, I don't think I'm as excited about it. I don't like getting home at 4 a.m. after a Tuesday night game with classes on Wednesday.

"There are a lot of logistical situations it creates for you as a team."

It’s a challenge unlike any other. But it’s the price programs pay for the national exposure that television offers.


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10/20/2009 03:21 AM


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