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East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo celebrates with his team after they defeated Weber State  in the CIT championship college basketball game Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Ogden, Utah. East Carolina won 77-74. (AP Photo/Deseret News, Scott G Winterton)

Scott G Winterton

East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo celebrates with his team after they defeated Weber State in the CIT championship college basketball game Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Ogden, Utah. East Carolina won 77-74. (AP Photo/Deseret News, Scott G Winterton)

Editorial: ECU season to remember

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As the basketball left Akeem Richmond’s hand on Tuesday night, the whole of Greenvile held its breath some 2,000 miles away, hoping that the graceful arc would find its way through the hoop. Though the buzzer-beating 3-pointer silenced the capacity crowd at the Dee Evans Center in Ogden, Utah, it unleashed a wave of elation that could be heard across the Pirate nation.

East Carolina University first put forth a men’s basketball team in 1931, marking the school’s initial foray into intercollegiate athletics, but had enjoyed precious little success in the years that followed. Undaunted, the young men of this squad proved that hard work and determination could overcome decades of history and enable them to bring home the school’s first postseason championship.

When the year began, Head Coach Jeff Lebo knew his team would boast a healthy mix of veteran experience and raw talent. The Pirates lost only two seniors from a squad that finished 15-16 a year earlier and some predicted that the rising upperclassmen could enable the squad to compete well within Conference USA. East Carolina had never won 20 games in a season, but the feat for once seemed possible.

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Great Coach

He was a great player also, and even had hair back then. Let's hope with the new makeup of the AAC that he will stay. "Lebo's Lobos" did a great job this season. They have set a high mark for the next set of Lebo's Lobos to try to beat.

I Only Hope We Can Keep Him

He is indeed a great coach, but now we all know other schools will try to get him. Rutgers for one is in the market!

An enthusiastic coach makes

An enthusiastic coach makes all the difference.

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart