GREENVILLE It's a circus for East Carolina coach Skip Holtz.
After Saturday's 24-3 win over West Virginia – and features in the New York Times and USA Today – Holtz had 107 text messages and, by noon Monday, 218 congratulatory emails. His voice mail was full.
Holtz said the excitement of two wins over BCS powers – the Pirates beat Virginia Tech in their opener the previous week – is what he wants.
“I embrace it; I love it and it's a great experience for our players,” he said. “Welcome to big-time college football.”
The Pirates open Conference-USA action Saturday at Tulane, if Hurricane Ike permits.
Police at ECU are investigating reports that officers used excessive force as fans stormed the field Saturday. Witnesses described police hitting fans and throwing some to the ground, The Daily Reflector reported Monday.
MIAMI: Running back Javarris James – hurt in the 26-3 loss Saturday at Florida – has a high left ankle sprain that could keep him out of the Hurricanes' next game Sept. 20 at Texas A&M.
NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels visit Rutgers Thursday night, looking for their first out-of-state win since a 38-35 victory at Arizona State in 2002.
N.C. STATE: Coach Tom O'Brien said Monday that the Wolfpack won't have its top two tight ends – Anthony Hill and backup Matt Kushner – for Saturday's game at Clemson. Redshirt freshman George Bryan is to start at tight end, and sophomore Eric Weaver is his backup.
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