East Carolina rarely wins many accolades on signing days, but under Coach Skip Holtz, it has been winning on the field.
This class fits in that mold.
The group has some gems.
The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which carries the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball, has reached a deal with TriCounty Telecom, a small cable company with about 2,200 customers in parts of Beaufort, Hyde and Washington counties.
Though MASN isn't scheduled to air any more East Carolina men's college basketball games this season, the schedule still includes, here and there, UNC-Wilmington, Liberty (with Stephen Curry's brother, Seth), Gardner-Webb and Charlotte — and an awful lot of Big East games.
Terry Rauple, a spokeswoman for TriCounty Telecom, says the small, member-owned cooperative, based about 60 miles from ECU, had received a lot of requests for MASN.
TriCounty Telecom offers MASN on channel 58 and MASN2, the sports networks "overflow" programming, on channel 59 of its basic plus package ($39.95 per month).
By the way, no word from the Federal Communications Commission on when the full, five-member commission will take up Time Warner Cable's appeal of the FCC media bureau chief's ruling last fall that TWC had discriminated against MASN by not making it available on a basic or standard tier of service.
At East Carolina University, a massive snowball fight led to the arrest of one student accused of throwing a snowball at a police officer.
The chase and arrest of the student, Steven Bass, was captured on video and posted to youtube.
Check it out below.
ECU coach Skip Holtz is not going anywhere.
On ECU's web site, Holtz wrote: "I am not seeking another position and am not involved in any discussions that would promote or verify such conjecture."
Holtz has been connected to openings at Syracuse and Boston College since leading the Pirates to the Conference USA title.
Here's the full text from Holtz' statement:
ECU athletic director Terry Holland issued the following statement on Sunday night, in response to reports by the Boston Globe and ESPN that ECU football coach Skip Holtz was scheduled to interview for the opening at Boston College, without mentioning Holtz or BC:
"Given the fact that the media now reports what other media report, sometimes even with headlines on the sports page and/or the announcement of press conferences that were obviously not scheduled, I am going to comment one time and one time only.
No one has asked to speak to any ECU head coach.
In their AFC semifinal game against Baltimore today (4:30 p.m.), the Tennessee Titans need big games from, among others, running back Chris Johnson (ECU), tight end Alge Crumpler (UNC), linebackers Stephen Tulloch (N.C. State) and David Thornton (UNC) and defensive back Chris Hope (Florida State).
But perhaps more than any other player, the Titans need a lot from former Wolfpack and Southeast Raleigh High School star Leroy Harris. A second-season utility offensive lineman reserve for most of the season, Harris will get the starting call at center, where injured all-pro Kevin Mawae is not expected to play.
Frank Spaziani is the favorite to replace Jeff Jagodzinski as Boston College's football coach, the Boston Globe reports, but ECU's Skip Holtz is one of two outside candidates expected to interview for the job.
Holtz led ECU to the Conference USA title and a 9-5 record in his fourth season with the Pirates. He flirted with Syracuse during the break between the Pirates' C-USA title game win and the Liberty Bowl loss to Kentucky.
Bowl system: College football’s leaders did it again: another tidy postseason with a clear-cut national champion and no doubt about the final two teams. The BCS is the “ShamWow” of postseasons.
Like Vince, the shill for the “As Seen On TV” towel says, why do you want to work twice as hard when the BCS solves everyone’s problems?
What’s that? Just ignore Utah, USC and Texas.
CBS College Sports Network will televise East Carolina's basketball game at Marshall at 3 p.m. Saturday as part of a Conference USA doubleheader. Carter Blackburn and a familiar name to ACC fans, former Virginia coach Pete Gillen, will call the action. The Memphis-Central Florida game follows at 5 p.m.
The network isn't typically part of any standard or basic package on cable or satellite TV. Time Warner Cable subscribers can get it on a digital sports tier, where it's on channel 327. DirecTV offers it on channel 152 to subscribers of the Premier package, the most expensive. Dish Network has the network on channel 152 of its America's Top 200 package, which is about half the price of the monthly DirecTV deal.