ECU Chancellor Warns Students Not To Be Abusive To Visitors

East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard is once again warning students to watch their behavior during sporting events.

The latest incident happened after the University of Texas at El Paso game Wednesday night. Ballard said mistreatment of visitors "is simply not acceptable at this university".

The campus-wide e-mail was sent out Thursday evening after Ballard and Athletic Director Terry Holland received an e-mail that morning saying ECU students were using abusive language and even bumped into a father and son from the Virginia Beach area who traveled to Greenville to cheer for UTEP. The person who witnessed the event, who wasn't identified, apologized to the two UTEP fans.

Ballard said despite the win over UTEP, the actions of a few have once again "tarnished the hard work accomplished by so many people, particularly that of Coach Lebo and team members, to turn our basketball program into a successful one."

The chancellor told students that if confrontations are initiated by visitors, they should walk away "and let those individuals be the bad guys instead of dragging this university's reputation into a no-win situation."

The incident happened after UTEP's head coach had to be removed from the basketball game by a police officer after receiving two technical fouls.

In October the university was embarrassed during the NC State football game when a profane chant started during the national anthem. Some of those fans were thrown out of the game.


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  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Mar 2, 2011 at 08:29 PM
    If one thinks they can control excitement normally associated with sports events, then he should examine what happens in foreign countries. And within the United States of America. Perhaps, just perhaps that your adrenalin gets a little to high. The side that loses almost always complains --sometimes too much,
  • by Not a fan on Mar 1, 2011 at 01:36 PM
    To Darren: you sure do sound a lot like Sam!
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 28, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    Don, I feel your pain. I had a similar incident with an N.C. State fan, but it was'nt spitting. It was one that threatened to punch my truck to damage it after we beat the puppies in Raleigh in November 2006. You should have reported that spitting incident, especially since it was by a lowlife UNC fan. WVU Mountaineer, thank you for the respect towards ECU. You are a smart guy, unlike the UCONN fan. To the one who wrote the "That's what you get when you cross I-95". You are right. When you go west, you have one school who's fans kill Marines protecting this nation as well as pee on the stands. You have another school who's fans spit on opposing fans and pour liquor on the opposing football team after the opposing team wins. You then have a third school, who acts like they are the greatest and smartest thing, but yet will strip down to just their underwear. I'll let you play the guessing game on this one to figure out for yourself.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 28, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    ECU fans should'nt be abusive toward visitors. It's people like Dave, JDLadd, RDoubleD, and Not a fan that ECU fans should be abusive at for trolling and not shutting up.
  • by Korriban Location: a galaxy far far away on Feb 28, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    Dave: Yeah right Dave. You an what army or in your case chairforce.
  • by Stumped Location: Greenville on Feb 27, 2011 at 11:18 PM
    Not saying its right, but a few bad apples makes the whole barrel be bad? Come on. I've had some other schools fans do way worse then any of this. Why don't we talk about a possible winning season for ECU basketball instead of this crap. But just curious, the warning went out to the entire student body, so if THEY don't heed the warning, what's the consequences?? If other people want to down ECU, then so be it, I graduated many years ago from ECU and we've been trying to change perceptions for years and where has it gotten us. Oh I get it, if we are real nice to others, maybe, just maybe the Big East will decide we're worthy. Why don't we worry about becoming the Boise State of CUSA. Rule the roost and the chips fall where they may. Our players play with a chip on their shoulders, so why should the fans feel any different??
  • by ECU student on Feb 27, 2011 at 11:16 PM
    Here is a bright idea steve ballard! How about you don't put the visitors section right next to the ECU student section. Why do we even have a visitor section for basketball? UNC, State, Wake, and Duke don't have one. In fact if you wear the other teams colors courtside at their games they will ask you to move.
  • by Mr. Facts on Feb 26, 2011 at 09:12 PM
    Ballard and Holland both need to go.
  • by JGD Location: Westhaven s/d Greenville on Feb 26, 2011 at 01:42 PM
    Enough bashing on Ballard. He's a good man. I had direct dealings with him on my son's tuition. He told me "let me fix this". He had a top aide get right on it.
  • by UCONN fan on Feb 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM
    I'd love to have ECU basketball in the Big East because it would be an automatic win for every other team in the Conference.
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