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2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Daily Report & Photo Blog No. 1

Brian Bailey's photo gallery for TUESDAY is directly below. His daily report is below the slide show.

Links to Day-by-Day Coverage: Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday

(This gallery includes 7 photographs.)


Skip Holtz observes Tuesday's practice (Photo: Brian Bailey, ©2009 and WNCT-TV 9.)



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Defense in Liberty Bowl spotlight

By Brian Bailey

WNCT-TV 9 Sports Director Brian Bailey is on the scene in Memphis bringing daily coverage of bowl week to Bonesville's readers and Channel 9's viewers. The week climaxes Saturday with East Carolina's Liberty Bowl showdown with Arkansas.

MEMPHIS — It was a busy first day in Memphis for me and it started early.

East Carolina defensive coordinator Greg Hudson and four of his stars on defense were the guests of a Liberty Bowl press conference on Tuesday.

Obviously, the question on the mind of Pirate fans concerns Hudson and his job status at East Carolina. Several Florida media outlets have been reporting that Hudson will join Jimbo Fisher at Florida State as linebacker's coach. Hudson has maintained that nothing is official as of yet.

Hudson has a deep love for his players and refuses to be distracted from his last game with this special group of seniors. He was adamant on Tuesday about his status at East Carolina.

"I don't want to take anything away from this team and this bowl game," said Hudson. "Anything else that needs to be said will be said after this game," he added.

With that, Hudson and the rest of the squad hit the practice field at the University of Memphis. The Tigers have added a field turf practice surface since last year, and that's where the Pirates went to work.

Pirate head coach Skip Holtz usually lets off the reigns the first couple of nights on a bowl trip, before reeling the squad back in as the game approaches. Holtz wants the squad to enjoy the trip, but to also realize that the team is here to do a job. A couple of the East Carolina players struggled a little bit with the early wind sprints, but Coach Holtz didn't seem at all concerned.

"We'll be ready," said Holtz. "I certainly want the guys to have a good time here in Memphis."

Wednesday morning some of the Pirate players will visit the St. Jude's Children's Hospital here in Memphis. That is always a most emotional trip and I'll have pictures coming up tomorrow.

Content: Brian Bailey. ©2009 and WNCT-TV 9. All rights reserved.


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