Steve Spurrier Among Coaches Voting For The Pirates

The East Carolina University Pirates didn't crack the USA Today Coaches' Poll Top 25 but they did receive 15 votes in the final regular season poll. Only Boston College, Iowa and Florida State were ahead of the Pirates in the "others receiving votes" category.

Steve Spurrier, currently South Carolina's coach, and Tom O'Brien of the Wolfpack both slotted ECU at #23 on their ballots. Seven Conference USA head coaches are among the 61 coaches who vote in the C-USA poll. Mike Price of UTEP and Neil Callaway of UAB were the only two C-USA coaches to include the conference champion on their final ballot.

ECU also received some respect from the MAC conference as Jeff Genyk of Eastern Michigan and Doug Martin of Kent State included the Pirates on their ballots.

Two other coaches included East Carolina on their ballots as Georgia's Mark Richt slotted the Pirates at #25 while Florida Atlantic's Howard Schnellenberger gave the Pirates three votes by putting them at #23 on his ballot.

Rice was the other C-USA team to receive votes. Mack Brown of Texas picked the Owls as has #24 choice while Ohio State's Jim Tressel picked Rice in the 25 slot.

UNC received six votes with two of those coming from their head coach Butch Davis who left the Pirates of his final ballot.


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  • by H on Dec 16, 2008 at 02:51 PM
    ECU doesn't deserve any votes. They play in a pathetic conference and had a fluke year.
  • by stateman Location: gville on Dec 11, 2008 at 01:07 PM
    that just shows how much class o brien has...the days of amato are gone...there can still be rivalry and have respect!! thank you TOB!!
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Dec 11, 2008 at 06:56 AM
    Butched Slaped, haha I like that. I am so shocked that a head coach from N.C. State would even give ECU such respect with the way N.C. State has done everything just like UNC to dog ECU, just because we have been smaller over the past and not in the GAY CC Conference. UNC is just straight jealous of us now cause we basically are the highest ranked team in the State, but as a pirate fan, that is still not good enough. I wanted nothing short of an undefeated season like Utah and Boise have got. But I will take the Liberty Bowl considering what we have been through.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Dec 9, 2008 at 03:40 PM
    Sour grapes, maybe, Butch?
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Dec 8, 2008 at 10:30 PM
    Last last year Butch came down east and "Got Butched slaped" by ECU
  • by L Location: Greenville on Dec 8, 2008 at 09:43 PM
    Final sentence correction: "of" should be "off"
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