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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