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'Painting 'em Purple'

From the Booth
Monday, December 9, 2002
By Jeff Charles
Voice of the Pirates

Pirates have shot a delivering Tech some payback


Listen to FROM THE BOOTH with Jeff Charles live on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. on WCZI 98.3 FM, or play the audio archive the next day on Bonesville Internet Radio.





The Hokies come to town tonight night and the Pirates owe them one. In fact, the Pirates owe them five.

Virginia Tech has won four in a row on the gridiron and the Hokies won 90-62 in hoops last year in Blacksburg.

The last East Carolina win in football was in 1992 when the Pirates won in Greenville 30-27.

These two programs had much in common in the late eighties and early nineties. When the Big East came knocking on Tech’s door, the football program really took off. It’s not a coincidence that East Carolina hasn’t beaten Tech since.

The last Pirate basketball victory over the Hokies came in 1993 in a 66-49 runaway. Eddie Payne coached ECU. Bill Foster coached Tech.

A lot has changed for both programs. Virginia Tech’s football program has skyrocketed. The Hokies played Florida State for the National Championship. Tech now draws crowds in excess of sixty-five thousand for most home games.

Hokie basketball however, has not had the same kind of success. Coming into this year, Tech was 18-37 in its last two seasons. The Hokies have had losing seasons in five of their last six years, and the lone winning season was just one game over .500 in the 1999-2000 season.

East Carolina, meanwhile, has built a solid football program that took a step back this year. The basketball Pirates have been up and down but there’s legitimate hope for the future.

Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum is reminding me of Cassell Coliseum at Tech back in the eighties when the Hokies had a top twenty-five program. It’s starting to rock’n roll here like it did there years ago. Sadly, for Tech, its attendance has severely dropped in recent years.

News ‘n Notes

  • Airtime Monday night for Pirate basketball is 6:30. Si Seymour joins me for the broadcast. We get many positive comments about Si’s work. He is a real asset to the Pirate Sports Radio Network.

  • Bill Herrion’s Radio Talk Show begins Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. Bill will join me at Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant on Greenville Boulevard each week. Stop by and see us and we’ll talk some hoops.

  • Bill’s Television Show on WITN Channel 7 begins Sunday at twelve noon.

  • A good showing by Conference USA football teams in bowl games is important this year. The league has taken some hits and there are issues that need to be addressed. Issue number one should be attendance. Some of these schools just don’t draw fans. It’s hurting the image of this league when only a few thousand fans show up at these games.

Till next time, “keep painting’em purple.”

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