ECU Quarterback Arrested For DWI

East Carolina's sophomore quarterback is facing a drunk driving arrest. Rob Kass was arrested in Pitt County on a charge of driving while impaired. The state court web site says Kass' court date is November 13th.

Kass was arrested by Greenville police Saturday morning at 2:55 am. The 20 year old was one of eight people caught in a DWI checkpoint early Saturday morning.

Greenville police say Kass was arrested at a checkpoint at East 5th Street and Green Springs Road. Police say his blood alcohol content was .19. A person with a .08 is considered impaired in North Carolina.

Kass is just 20 years old and if convicted faces loss of his driver's license for one year because he is underage.

Today, Coach Skip Holtz says he's not commenting yet about this weekend's arrest. It's not clear at this point what impact Kass' arrest will have with his status on the team.

Kass was expected to make his first start as a Pirate this Saturday against Virginia Tech. Kass went to high school in Longwood Florida but has ties to the state. His father played quarterback for Wake Forest before transferring to another school.

Holtz recruited the 20 year-old signal caller and Kass grew into the back-up roll last year. He set career highs in passing yards and completions in the final game of the 2006 season..

Kass spent the majority of spring and summer practices as the starting quarterback. Kass's likely backup is Sophomore Brett Clay.

He's not the first ECU player to have problems with alcohol under the Coach Holtz era.

In August 2005 Jamar Flournoy, ECU's third-leading tackler was suspended for a year for violating team rules. That stemmed from an alcohol related ticket. Flournoy was charged after police say he stepped out of a bar with an open container of alcohol.

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  • by Steve Location: Beaufort on Aug 28, 2007 at 03:30 PM
    We all make mistakes. Let's hope the young man learns a very positive lesson in life from this one. Also, the rules of the university's sports program and the NCAA should govern the punishment, not the feelings of the general public.
  • by jkl Location: tarbor on Aug 27, 2007 at 07:48 PM
    well, bad bad timing. you should always have back for injurys but this is just so sad. no he should not play
  • by Anonymous Location: Ayden on Aug 27, 2007 at 05:28 PM
    I am not a drinker but the DWI laws are stiff. I am not saying that it should be allowed but,this open container is ridiculous. If they are staying off the roads from drinking then let them drink on the streets. I have seen less sentencing given to murders and drug addicts. But, as I said before I don't condone in DWI by any means.
  • by Judy Location: Grifton on Aug 27, 2007 at 05:26 PM
    I am a Pirate fan but I believe this young man should not be allowed to play this season.I say this because he should be used as an example to other players in any problem, that making stupid moves has unpleasant results. How stupid can one person be? He finaly gets a chance to be a star and throws it away with stupid thinking.I am glad I was not driving on the same street as he was that night. Blew .19? Maybe the police needs to check where a underage was drinking to get this drunk?
  • by Ray Location: Greenville, NC on Aug 27, 2007 at 05:17 PM
    As a Pirate fan who wants to win as much as anyone, Kass must be benched for the season. We must treat all players equally. What is more important--fielding the team we think is our best chance to win on the football field or appearing to condone or ignore someone's actions that could have injured or killed an innocent victim?
  • by Pirate Fan #3 Location: G-Vegas on Aug 27, 2007 at 04:05 PM
    He probably won't play at all this season. Now we get more of reputation as the drunk party school. Rob let down the Pirate Nation.
  • by #1 pirate fan Location: greenville, nc on Aug 27, 2007 at 03:15 PM
    If Skip lets him play this year it will be unbelievable. I am a student at ecu and love pirate football, but this is not the kind of publicity a rising program needs. I know people make mistakes, but did it have to be a week before the season starts?
  • by Mike on Aug 27, 2007 at 02:13 PM
    What a genius...right before the opening game...
  • by Pirate Fan on Aug 27, 2007 at 11:25 AM
    Perfect timing...
  • by Jason Location: Raleigh on Aug 27, 2007 at 10:17 AM
    What a waste...
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