BLS: ..Scottie Era Begins @ ECU… Arrgghh!

ECU Football
BobLee
December15/ 2015

The Scottie Montgomery Era at ECU began on Monday with all the fan fare yadda yadda and optimistic bombast that accompanies every new coach hiring everywhere.  That is exactly how it should be as “hope springs eternal….”ECU Football

AD Jeff Compher, of course, implied Scottie to be THE guy we wanted from Day One…. and managed to do so keeping a straight face despite giggles from the assembled media.  No offense to Scottie but REALLY Jeff?

 

I’ve never met Scottie Montgomery.  My deep inside Duke Football contact has told me on several occasions that he is a very fine fellow.  So I have no reason to doubt that he is exactly the right guy…. at exactly the right time…. to lead ECU Pirate Football to heretofore new heights of unparalleled excellence as befits their lofty aspirations. …. and, as soon as he seems to be doing so, he can say Adios Greenville and Hello Big Time Somewhere Else.  Or maybe he will get “Loganed” or “Ruffed”.

One thing I will never do here is declare that one fan base’s rabid board monkey faction is noticeably more rabidly delusional than another’s.  To do so would ignite a competition amongst’em to be Most Rabidly Delusional and that would result in Mad Monkeyan awful mess for someone to clean-up.  Let’s just say ECU’s takes a backseat to no one’s when measuring rabid delusionalness(?).

The current crop o’ purple crazies are direct descendants of the mob that rioted in Carter Stadium back in the mid 80s.   Did that security guard’s broken arm ever heal properly?  If that happened these days would they create a “Pirate Football Matters” movement with t-shirts and everything?

My casual awareness of ECU / ECC / ECTC Football goes back to Jack Boone and Coach Stas and Dr Leo Jenkins and a fullback named Tom Michel who, legend has it, was so strong he “bent a bar” in the weight room.

EVERY fan base’s nitwit faction truly believes it does not receive the credit it is due as a premier program.  EVERY fan base’s nitwit faction is convinced the media is out to get us and refuses to recognize us as America’s Team with THE BEST FANS ON EARTH……

EVERY program is The Prime Target of Concerted Media DisUnderAppreciation!

ECU, NCSU, UNC, Alabama, Ohio State, Dallas, New England, The Yankees, The Spurs, Lehigh et al.   They all have nitwit factions who count the number of words in articles and the font size of headines and placement on a page or number of seconds in a TV recap. …… and piss ‘n moan ‘n whine ‘n go on monkey boards and GO ALLCAPS in likkered-up rage.

My recalling Tom Michel aside, I don’t follow the daily goings-on in Greenville.  I am aware that over the past 50+ years they haECU Coedsve had some Great victories, produced some very fine players, run off some darn good coaches and ushered in as many Bombastically Optimistic New Eras as their UNC System brethren on the west side of I-95. ….. and, through it all, maintained a reputation as THE Comely Coed Capitol of North Carolina.   ….. “cute coeds in cowboy boots” – Aarrrgghh!

 

I admit, when I heard AD Compher had made Ruff “walk the plank” I figured….Cleavon Little

Sum o’ dem ol’ boys down ’round Chocowinity just realized:  “Hey, Ruffin McNeill is A Negro”.

Several of Cleavon Little’s classic lines as Sheriff Bart in Blazing Saddles came to mind.

Being a born & bred Downeaster myself, I sure hoped THAT was NOT the case.   If it was the case….. hopefully it will be another five years before ‘dem same ol’ boys catch on about Scottie.   Hopefully Scottie will be “movin’ on up…..” before they catch on.

If Ruff’s ebony epidermis was not his undoing, dagnabit if I figure what was his undoing.   He truly did LUV ECU; and regularly whupped up on NC State and REALLY whupped up on The Kenanites.   Hellfire, Ruff even had Hokie Frank’s number.  What could be more orgasmic for a Pirate Fan than all THAT.

Yeah, this was “a down year” but it was one Lincoln short PLUS Ruff had more casualties than George A. Custer at The Little Big Horn.   IMO, Ruff deserved another year for sure….. UNLESS there were other reasons no one’s gonna talk about ??

The track record of Legacy hires in North Carolina is pretty darn bleak.  Legacy hire means hiring a coach who played and matriculated at your school and “bleeds” whatever your school’s primary color is.    Just ask John Bunting and Chuck Amato….. or Carl Franks.

Sure you knew about John and Chuck, but how many of you remembered Carl Franks at Duke?  That is how Internet Legends become Legends.

I bet you think I’ve forgotten the late “Big Ed” Emory who was also a legacy hire at ECU who came and went just like Legacy Ruffin.   I would never forget “my first High School Coach” – Ed Emory.

ECU has an “interesting history” with Football Coaches.  “The School That Dr Leo Built” has been “a steppingstone” for some just as UNC and NC State and Duke (Spurrier) have been.   Pat Dye, Bill Lewis, Lou’s Boy Skip….. and, in a sense, the irrepressible Steve Logan who was last seen headed to San Fran to turn Colin Kaepernick into the next David Garrard.

The 49ers are “woeful” and Kaepernick reduced to a multi-tattoed “Colin Who”, so look for Steve to be returning to “the local airwaves” before long.   Wonder if he still has any Barcelona Dragons gear?

Coach Scottie does seem like a very nice guy.  I hope he does well “down there”.  Being a Head Coach is different from being “an Assistant Senior Associate Head Coach or whatever” he was at Duke.   The sign on his door is lots shorter and he gets to be first in line at every Pirates Club BBQ he has to attend the next six months.   Don’t discount the advantage of getting the warm hushpuppies.

The Detail$ in $cottie’s Deal…. LINK

Staff selection and “daily peer management” is critical in every coaching situation.  The rabid nitwit fan faction has no clue what that means or how critical it can be.  It doomed both Bunting and Amato who, like Scottie, had no “buck stops here” experience.

Will ‘dem ol’ boys at The Sleeping Giant of Downeast give Scottie a year or two or three to “figure it out” ?

…. it’ll take ‘dem ol’ boys at least that long to figure if his name is Scotty…. or Scottie.  Some never will figure that out.

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There have been some slight but meaningful “design changes” in Yea Olde Website.  More Quirkies !!  We will be discussing all that in a few days.

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BobLee

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“Derm” , as you put it , home of Albert , is a N.C. geographical oddity . If you’re from Gibsonville , Durham is in Eastern N.C. but if you’re from Garner , Durham is in Western N.C. Some say it sits on the state’s bar-b-que DIVIDING LINE . Spending a lot of summertimes growing up in Morehead City and with Smithfield roots I’m an Ayden bar-b-que kinda’ guy , not a Lexington one . “Derm” did have THE best bar-b-que place in the state , Josh Turnage’s , Eastern style , now defunct , but your older readers from… Read more »

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Being of light blue breeding but living within spitting distance of DF I can say this has been coming for a while, The 5th quarter call in show on 1250 is not just radio gold but double platinum when the Pirates go down in the myriad of ludicrous ways that they did over the Ruff era, ain’t no meltdown like a pirate nation meltdown. At the end of the day it sounded like Ruff had his chance to secure himself for the next couple of years after taking down VPI again but he overstepped his bounds in asking for increases… Read more »

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WOW , a lot of sensitive readers around this post , seems BL touched on several hotspots ! To too-serious Dexter I’d say let up , boy , the man simply used Chockowinity as a filler for Anytown , Eastern N.C. where ‘dem boys might call home . He just as easily could have used Pactolus , Cobb Town , Galatie , Scuppernong , Moyock , Chicod , Shine (uh-oh) , Menola , Hexlena , Pantego , Stumpy Point , Coinjock etc. You get the idea . The folks in Chockowinity are probably glad to receive any press they can… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

Well y’all showed great sensitivity leaving out Black Jack? For personal reasons I’m glad Grimesland was spared.

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

Anyone that actually watched the games for the last two years would understand why Ruff was let go. Unending penalties at the worst times, curious ( to be kind) clock management, especially at the end of games, losing two straight Senior Days at 0:00, playing a QB for two and half games that never passed, and on and on. Plus we know discipline had broken down as far as working out, classroom work, etc.
Coaches get fired all the time. Watch ESPN in early December

Doug
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Good comments and wonder of Jolly Roger will comment. The Pirate’s now seem pleased with coach Mo as the selection. His surprise selection caught even the most delusional on BYB off guard with little time for all the talking heads to fully digest it and explode. Then it appears, at least to me, that after the opening presser Compher then sent S&C coach Conner’s go on Pirate Radio to throw raw red meat grenades as a way of manipulating the fan base and to get everyone jacked up. BTW, I don’t think it was a dumb move by Compher and… Read more »

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RocketsCoach

if you have incited a riot on the boneyard, you are my hero. Curious bunch here. . Been watching the local reaction……we had 10 days of cancel my season tickets and I’ll never give another dime. After that, they were replaced by the give the new guy a chance and cautious optimism gang. May be the same folks…I dunno. . Gene Chiz was high on the Pirate Nation wish list apparently. Not clear, but it looks like they had a better shot at Nichols than Chizik. Hey, wonder if we could arrange that….. Call your friends in South Building and… Read more »

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Queen City

I have been following Pirate football for 30 years. Your assessment of our lunatic fringe message board folks are spot on. However, I will say it was refreshing to see that the majority of Pirate fans do not get overly emotional over 18/19 kids trying to win football games in Dowdy Ficklen, based on the reaction of Ruff getting squeezed. He was a good fit for ECU, but it appears that he may have rubbed some folks the wrong way. I hope Coach Mo is a hit, from all indication he seems like a good guy. Time will tell if… Read more »

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oldwuf vet

Hard believe the purple Pirates could be more rabid board monkeys than my Lupine brethren or your average devotee of The Light Blue Way. I do know that I can’t tailgate with my Pirate buddies. I may consume A beer at a tailgate; but them boys from ECU must have an extra lobe on their liver. 35 years after graduation; they’re drinking like its 1978. Most of them have very foggy memories of the riot or the fights rolling down the grassy hill.

Doug
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Doug

Well, the Boneheads are aghast but I’m somewhat disappointed that only about 75% of em want you either to walk the plank or lynched. Don’t worry though, the day is young and those early exit poll numbers are trending upwards. 😀

Ira Flye
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Ira Flye

Long time Pirate…enjoyed your article and style. The “other reasons” include only winning seven games against teams that went on to have winning seasons in six years and every year losing crucial late season conference games. Won the big splash games against our ACC buddies. Loved Ruff, but…

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Coach V

I remember the story Coach Valvano used to tell about the fan who told V how much he liked him. Coach V responded, “you only like me because I win games”. The fan adamantly denied that. Coach V asked, “then how would you feel if I lost most of my games next year?”. The fan replied, “Coach, I’ll still like you. Will miss you, but still like you”. 🙂

Dexter
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Dexter

Geez, What did Chocowinity do to you?

ultraviolet
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ultraviolet

First of all we !$*&% well do have the rabidest board monkey faction in the state, no doubt and you @*!#$ well better believe it buddy. You’ve officially joined the ranks of those out to get us. Not that it wasn’t everybody and his brother anyway. Aaarrrrgh! . So the next savior is here. Long live the king!

Larry Brown
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Larry Brown

Sounds like Leonard’s losers jargon to me. I guess you went to Grainger High in Kinston, as I did, or Wadesboro High School where I taught for two years (’61-’63). My first Pirate games were in the early 50s when my uncle took my brother and yours truly to the old rickety stadium where we usually were beaten bu the likes of Guilford, Appalachian and Catawba. As a student, I remember thinking the damn thing was going to collapse. Ed knew I was in Wadesboro and called me to come by his apartment in Kinston. he was busy painting helmets… Read more »

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Mark Hatcher

Come on BobLee. I know writers like to spin things to help the story along but if you are going to criticize something at least get the facts right. The so-called riot was not just ECU supporters but rather a mix of ECU fans(mostly students), State fans,(mostly students) and young people who were fans of one of the schools but weren’t students of either. The mix was pretty even. The guard that was hurt was injured by a high school student who was a State fan and he wasn’t even from Raleigh rather from the nearby town of Cary. Just… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

I think you might have a big traffic jam today. Former ECU & UNC and now current S&C coach Jeff Connors went off the reservation yesterday. Apparently neither Ruff nor Butch would not let him run 10X300 yard dashes with a 30 second rest between sprints and would not let him prepare these young men prepare a Marine assault on Iwo Jima or Hamburger Hill. The horror. Long interview but it has served its purpose of aiding the frenzy. I assume JC ordered him go out and stir em up and get the heat off his back. This is either… Read more »

Frank Linstreet
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Frank Linstreet

Well, by golly, BL, THAT oughta blow up The Boneyard.

Dick Gray
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Dick Gray

By By? …. Mye Mye