The “Voice” doesn’t always talk. Often times he listens. In
fact, I’d much rather listen than talk. You learn a lot more when you
Most people who talk incessantly have the least amount to
say, so I’ve been listening lately and here’s what I’ve heard:
• Travis Holcomb-Faye does indeed have a barber. His name is Bernard and he
lives in Winston-Salem. He’s the only guy Travis will allow to touch his
locks. Sometimes Travis doesn’t get back to Winston-Salem for three months.
That’s the real reason Travis has his “do.”
• The coaching rumors are incredible. The websites that supposedly have the
“inside scoop” are hilarious. I’m amazed at how the Internet has changed our
• Track Coach Bill Carson has been at East Carolina for 36 years. Carson has
had 65 All Americans. The only one in the Hall of Fame is Otis
Melvin. Many more are deserving of induction. Coach Carson epitomizes all the good
things about college athletics. He stands for loyalty, character,
integrity, honesty and respect to all who interact with him. During his
great career, he’s had limited facilities, resources and, at various times,
administrative support. Through it all he’s just continued to plug along and
develop his program — a program that has gained national exposure,
recognition and respect for ECU. He’s been a great role model for hundreds
of student athletes that he’s touched in a very special way. I wish people
like Bill Carson would get more media attention. In a small way, I’m trying
to do my part today. He has an incredible story to tell. Bill Carson has not
made a lot of money as the ECU track coach, but he’s the wealthiest guy in
the athletics department.
• It’s amazing how many of these all-star games are now popping up. It used
to be the Blue-Gray and maybe a game in Hawaii. Now you see them all over
the place. There are entrepreneurs everywhere. How many of these games will
survive? How can all these bowl games possibly survive?
• Most of the ECU assistant football coaches are still in the building doing
their best to keep things together. When there’s a change at the top, often
times one or two guys will survive. There are some good guys and good
coaches here. I hope at least a couple get a shot.
• The atmosphere at Williams Arena-Minges Coliseum for last
week's Virginia Tech game was
electric. There’s something to be said for a small building that’s full.
Hats off to the Minges Maniacs.
• Bill Herrion’s brother, Tommy, finally lost his first game as the College
of Charleston's head coach. The Cougars got beat at Central Florida in Orlando to end
their unbeaten streak.
• My Virginia Tech friends tell me the Paradise Jam Tournament that Tech
participated in was a first-class event. The weather’s not bad in the
Caribbean this time of year either.
• Will Steve Logan coach again? Who knows? It would have to be the right
situation. He now has financial security. Remember, too, his annuity kicks in
at age 62. That’s twelve years away from February.
• When are we going to see the “Moose Meter” at Williams Arena Minges
Coliseum? If it occurs it will chart blocked shots, much like the “K’s” put
up for a strikeout pitcher. Badiane is now ECU’s all-time blocked shots
leader. Beware, “there’s a moose on the loose.”
• Can “Billville” be far behind? We can see students camping out for
basketball tickets when the big boys of Conference USA roll into town in
January and February. That will be a first for this program.
• Legendary veteran football coach Lou Saban is out at Chowan. He’s eighty
• The new introduction of the starting lineups has been a big hit. The new
lighting system has really helped. Now if the video screens were better.
Here’s our broadcasting lineup this week:
Thursday night airtime on the Pirate Sports Radio Network is 7:30 for ECU
and George Mason. The ECU women play in the preliminary game.
Coach Herrion’s Radio Call-In Show moves to Wednesday night this week at
8:00 p.m., originating from Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant. We had a great crowd last week.
Saturday airtime is 4:30 for ECU and Campbell from Fayetteville. The game
will be played in the beautiful Crown Center. Following the ECU game, the
Fayetteville Patriots will play in an NBDL contest.