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'Painting 'em Purple'

From the Booth
Thursday, October 24, 2002
By Jeff Charles
Voice of the Pirates

Booing the home team a misguided exercise


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.

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The Steve Logan Radio Call-In Show Sunday nights affords Pirate fans the forum to discuss East Carolina football.

This past Sunday I thought we had one of our better shows.

The reason? The listeners who took the time to call.

A show of this nature is only as good as the quality of calls it receives.

A relaxed Steve Logan had intelligent dialogue with many Pirate fans who called. The questions were good and the answers were good.

We all have a tendency to jump to conclusions in the emotional frenzy of watching a sporting event. Hopefully, twenty-four hours later when the show hits the airwaves at 7:00 p.m. each Sunday night, cooler heads have prevailed.

I’ve said many times the support the callers have for the program each week is very uplifting.

Now for some specifics about last week's ball game that were very important.

When Logan took Desmond Robinson out of the game Saturday, his decision was roundly booed. Many fans thought Robinson was being intentionally embarrassed by pulling him out in the middle of that series.

Why would Steve Logan want to discredit the young man? He has spent two years coaching him and Des is one of the hardest workers on the team.

Remember, this was only Robinson's second college football game and he was obviously a little nervous. Three times he went down pulling out from center and it was embarrassing for him. Logan can sense that better than anyone, and knowing that Robinson was becoming flustered, he elected to remove him.

This wasn’t a punishment. It was a caring coach trying to protect his player and not ruin his future.

Paul Troth came back into the game and some fans again weren’t happy.

For the life of me I don’t understand the booing that is taking place at times in the stadium. How can it possibly be constructive to boo your own team and players? Nothing good ever comes of it and a lot of bad can result from it. When the team is struggling, positive reinforcement from the stands can really help lift a club.

When the fans boo, it tears down the very fabric so many people have worked so hard for so many years to build. Booing will not change the coaches' decisions and will not change the performance of the players on the field. What it will do is leave residue in the hearts and minds of a bunch of men who are working hard every day to give you a winning football team.

Steve Logan knows when one of his decisions backfires. Paul Troth knows when the offense is sputtering. Tim Rose knows when the defense is struggling. All of these guys know when things aren’t going well. No one wants to win more than these guys.

It’s becoming a tough year, but there are six games left to play. That's six chances for a young team to make great strides in the second half of the season. They are showing some improvement. They need your positive support and energy.

Thanks for letting me get up on my soapbox.

News ‘n Notes from Pirate Land…

  • South Florida Director of Athletics Lee Roy Selmon is a class act. I was not disappointed, only impressed when meeting the former Oklahoma All-American and pro football Hall of Famer. Selmon is a credit to his profession. After talking with Lee Roy you can understand why South Florida has come on so quickly. He’s a great people person with terrific communication skills. I really enjoyed our visit on Pirate Preview at U.B.E. this past Saturday. College athletics needs people like Lee Roy Selmon.

  • Speaking of South Florida, how can you not be impressed? They are going to be a big time force in this league and that’s good. It raises the bar and makes Conference USA stronger. Now if the right decision is made, and a quality twelfth member can be brought in, this league can go to two six team divisions with a conference championship game on national television. That will happen sooner rather than later.

  • East Carolina and Louisville hit the airwaves at 2:00 p.m. Saturday on WITN Channel 7. Pirate Sports Radio Network coverage begins at 1:10 p.m. The Steve Logan Television Show airs at 11:30 a.m. again this Sunday on WITN Channel 7 in Eastern North Carolina.

  • The Pirate basketball team looked impressive Saturday. The talent is better and it needs to be. This is the second year of playing with the “Big Boys” in Conference USA. Some of those teams have lost great players, but just remember, the Cincinnati’s of the world just reload. Bill Herrion has a tough challenge.

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

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