From the Booth
Thursday, September 26, 2002
By Jeff Charles
Voice of the Pirates
One of the more enjoyable tasks I get to perform is
the opportunity to interact with the athletes in the program.
Every Monday during the football season Steve Logan has a noon press
conference to preview the upcoming opponent and answer questions from the
About 12:30, the players start filtering into the new Murphy Center
for interviews with the electronic media and print media in attendance.
The last couple years on my “From the Booth” program, Thursday nights at
7:00 on WCZI Radio and Cable Seven Television, we have taken a segment to visit
with a couple players from the Monday press conference.
This week, for example, we learned that senior right tackle Phoenix Evans is
quite a cook. The Kinston product has been hosting cookouts for his line
mates. The menu? How about chicken, ribs and steaks? These cookouts are well
attended for obvious reasons.
Kicker Kevin Miller wants to become a sportscaster. He already has the voice
for it. Kevin is an impressive young man and very mature. I always feel like
I’m talking to a guy in his thirties rather than his early twenties.
Speaking of impressive young men. I wish you could have the opportunity to
converse with tackle Brian Rimpf. He’s one of the classiest guys to ever
come through this program and he’s just a junior.
Twice a week Brian goes into the public school system in Greenville and
works with the kids. We are going to do a feature on Rimpf's community
service efforts on Coach Logan’s TV Show on WITN in the near future.
Brian was one of only eleven players in the country to receive the AFCA Good
Works Award which honors college football players for service to their
communities. He’s having a great season, too, at left tackle.
Last week, John Williamson and Art Brown shared a few laughs about their Fork
Union Military days. The two Pirate standouts can look back now with some
humor, but that experience was not all fun and games.
Sophomore wide receiver Edwin Rios grew up in the inner city of Washington,
DC. His mother motivated him to be a good student and Rios was able to
transfer to Roosevelt High School in Green Belt, MD, where he was
successful both athletically and academically. He appreciates the
opportunity to be a Pirate.
News ‘n notes from Pirate land
There are a number of changes on the depth chart this week… Jerome Steward
is playing strong safety with Travis Heath doubtful for the West Virginia
game with a thigh contusion… True freshman Reicko Jones is listed ahead of
Donald Whitehead at right corner… Wes Herlocker is now playing the weak
safety position behind Anthony Adams and Antwane Yelverton…. Shawn Hodges, a
5’11” 216-pound junior from Kinston, is now backing up John Williamson, as
Ike Emodi continues to rehab… Hunter Wood, a 6’3” 281-pound freshman from
Florida is backing up Hagan Mason at center with Doug White out for
Saturday’s game… Kevin Roach, a true freshman from Williamston, is the third
team flanker behind Torey Morris and Garrett Peterkin.
Speaking of depth charts, it’s a real sign of the times these days when
you look at a defensive listing. Some schools are now listing twelve and
thirteen players as starters. No, the game hasn’t changed and there are still
only eleven guys on the field, but with Nickel and Dime packages those guys
are now being listed on the depth chart as starters. I’ve had to do a double
take when filling out my spotting boards.
It’s an early start from Morgantown Saturday. The Pirate Sports Radio
Network hits the airwaves at 11:10 a.m. Kickoff will be shortly after twelve
Mountaineer field is a nice facility but it resembles a big old Navy
battleship with that gray color. They have field turf now, which will be a
big improvement from that hard turf of past years. That surface would catch
footwear, and ankles and knees were the victims.
The travel routine has changed this weekend. For years the Pirates flew
into Pittsburgh and stayed in Washington, PA, over an hour from the stadium.
This weekend ECU will stay in Fairmont, about thirty minutes from the
About 1,000 Pirate fans will be in Morgantown this weekend. That number is
smaller than past years. Two drivable road trips already to Duke and Wake
Forest may have contributed to the slower ticket sales.
Remember the Steve Logan Television Show Sunday at 12:00 noon on WITN and
1:00 p.m. in Raleigh on WRPX. The Radio Call-In Show is Sunday night at 7:00
Morgantown, here we come.
Till next time, “Keep painting ‘em purple.”
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