ECU head coach John Thompson's folksiness and generically upbeat coach-speak is starting to wear thin on many within the pirate fanbase. After 13 games now how about some honest assessments of the program's state of affairs coach? I think the pirate faithful deserve something a little more insightful than "we're getting there." I can only imagine what Thompson will say following the Wake Forest game this week. I think it'll go something like this, "we're making progress, becoming more competitive, got to eliminate those mistakes."
Even new chancellor Steve Ballard has added his own words of comfort to the beleaguered pirate fans. Speaking on the radio at halftime of the WVU game, Ballard asked Pirate fans for continued patience and stated that the ECU football program had "bottomed out two years ago" under Steve Logan. That's a nice try chancellor, but the plain truth is that ECU's football program is still in a descent mode, and the politics of college football aren't going to help change that.