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ECU's Vintavious Cooper (21) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Houston Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. (Scott Davis/The Daily Reflctor)

ECU's Vintavious Cooper (21) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Houston Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. (Scott Davis/The Daily Reflctor)

Editorial: ECU's season of achievement

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Like so many other traditions associated with college football pushed aside in the rush to maximize profits, bowl games — once a definitive reward for an exceptional season — no longer reflect a remarkable achievement for a team. This season will see some 35 games involving 70 universities, including several programs seeking to avoid ending the year with a losing record.

For East Carolina University, which plays the University of Louisiana Lafayette in Saturday’s New Orleans Bowl, the low profile of the game fails to reflect the season players and coaches delivered on the field. This was a year of transition, one that saw the Pirates compete for a Conference USA division title, and all involved should be proud of what the team achieved over the past four months.

One year after limping to a 5-7 regular season that saw the Pirates left out of bowl play, East Carolina can be proud to watch the team compete in the 12th New Orleans Bowl beginning at noon on Saturday. After completing an 8-4 regular season, including a 7-1 record in conference, the Pirates look to knock off the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Layfette, which finished second in the Sun Belt Conference.

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Your argument for a playoff system does not fall on deaf ears. There are many who would like to see just that. Forget the computer, forget the fight for automatically qualifying, just play the game. The so called "bowls" could be used as playoff sites. Cut the season down to 10 regular season games and then a 32 team playoff similar to the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Oh, there could also be a National Invitational also, but why. Money only. Sixteen "bowl" sites on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, then eight the next Friday or Saturday, then four on the next Saturday, then the finals on a Saturday in one of the major bowl sites of today all broadcast on major networks, ESPN, and Fox Sports. Then as Coach Lombardi said, "Leave it all on the field". All in all it would be a possible fifteen game season at maximum. Many are playing a 13 game season now including a bowl bid. The top 32 teams in the nation regardless of conference picked by a voting a select committee of retired coaches. It works out well in all the other levels, just ask Mount Union College in Alliance Ohio. Ask North Dakota State or Sam Houston State who will play each other for the national title in a couple of weeks.

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