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From 'One-Eyed Jack'

There will be a new face and a new place at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium when East Carolina plays its first home game of the 2002 football season against Conference USA opponent Tulane at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. The new face is David Horn and his voice will become familiar to Pirates fans as the public address announcer. Horn succeeds John Moore, whose “First down ... Pirates” call allowed for fan participation by the thousands. Plans are for Horn to continue that call. Horn has worked for Henry Hinton, owner of the flagship station for the ECU radio network, WCZI-98.3, at several stations. “David is a great guy and actually has the same kind of voice as John Moore,” Hinton said. “It’s kind of deep, kind of like John’s a little bit. David’s one of the neatest guys I’ve worked with. He worked for me when he was in school at WCHL in Chapel Hill and came with me when I came back to Greenville in 1989. “He wasn’t much of a football fan when he came here but he married a young lady (Windy) who was into it.” David currently has an afternoon shift on the air for Sunny 93.9-FM in the Raleigh area.


The new place is the $13 million structure at the west end of Bagwell Field which has been known as the strength and conditioning center. It will become the Murphy Center with its official dedication at 5 p.m. on Saturday. That’s to honor Pete and Lynn Murphy of Rose Hill. They made a $2 million donation in the fund-raising effort. At 6 p.m. on Friday there will be a celebration and tour of other named areas of the Murphy Center: the Walter and Marie Williams strength and conditioning area on the first floor, the C. Felix and Margaret Blount Harvey banquet hall, the Dick and Susan Jones academic enhancement center, the Robert and Virginia Maynard lobby and the Bill and Emily Furr lobby. The Pirates football team will take the field for the first time from the Murphy Center prior to the Tulane game. The team will also convene in the center at halftime. “That will save us from jogging back to Kinston (to the locker room in the Ward Sports Medicine Building) at the half,” said ECU coach Steve Logan. The full team has already been able to do its Sunday conditioning program in the spacious Murphy Center in just over a half hour. Pirate Club donors at the $150 level and above will be able to enjoy fellowship in the banquet hall prior to games.


Season ticket sales are slightly below last year’s level of 15,400 according to projections. A crowd of about 35,000 is expected for the ECU-Tulane matchup.


Conference USA schools had 78 players on the opening days rosters of National Football League teams when the play-for-pay boys opened their regular season last weekend. View the complete list...

02/23/2007 01:10 PM

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