ECU Releases Statement On Conference Realignment

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard and Athletics Director Terry Holland have released a joint statement regarding conference realignment:

"The university leadership and the Pirate Nation have been steadfast and undaunted in preparing and positioning our athletics program to be a viable conference member that wins championships on and off the field and has the opportunity to participate in BCS bowls. The achievements include $92 million in facility improvements and additions, growing football attendance figures that produced an average of 49,665 fans per game in 2010 and record football season ticket sales reaching over 24,000 this fall.

In addition, statewide television viewership of ECU games equals the top five DMA areas in the nation for a football program that has won two of the last three Conference USA championships and earned five consecutive bowl appearances.

Recent announcements related to conference realignment have created an atmosphere of urgency and uncertainty across the nation for institutions, athletics departments and fan bases at those institutions. The leadership at East Carolina University is actively engaged in conference realignment discussions and remains aggressive in positioning the athletics program in an ever-changing conference landscape.

At this time, no one knows exactly how the future of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) will look. While many of the developments are not in East Carolina’s control, we will continue to work diligently to influence any realignment possibilities as opportunities present themselves. There will be intense competition for any available automatic-qualifying BCS slots, which could include anything from a realigned C-USA to any number of other conference configurations.

In these uncertain times, we must remain focused and determined on what we can control and what has brought success to our program thus far. For our coaches and student-athletes, that assignment is to prepare, compete and win in the classroom and on the field, and for our loyal Pirate fans, it is imperative that we continue to fill our stadiums and arenas in Purple and Gold."


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  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Sep 23, 2011 at 03:05 AM
    I remember when Virginia Tech was a small time program struggling for respectability. ECU produces a big winner every now and then, gets decent TV coverage, attracts good crowds and has a good following for away games. Improvement in facilities has been dramatic. If the school's leadership and boosters want a big time program, they're headed in the right direction. Just don't break any of the NCAA's Mickey Mouse rules along the way.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    the acc is really scared of ECU in basketball.. look at all the national championships ecu has in all of it's sports... wait.. there isnt any
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    To the supporters and to the trash talkers, this is the deal. East Carolina is the total package and East Carolina will bring the total package to the Big East. If East Carolina does not get accepted to the Big East then the right thing to do is remove the current Big East commissioner cause that would destroy the Big East and their BCS tag, along with creating a serious loss of revenue. As far as the SEC, I'd like to see that happen, but it wont be anytime soon. It's just rediculous that you have schools like Duke, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, and Indiana with BCS tags when they all don't ever do anything but yet schools like ECU, BYU, and Boise are way more deserving of the BCS tag. What really should be done is get rid of all the football conferences, and then complete a whole different set of conferences for football from ALL of the other sports, including basketball and baseball. That would make college football a lot better than what it is these days. Just cause of someones basketball program's lack of history, that should NEVER affect the future of their football program.
  • by john Location: winterville on Sep 22, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    reading all these comments by ecu fans just re-enforces what everyone else in the state already knows. SEC !!!really!!! are you people serious? the SEC is looking at schools like texas, texas A&M and oklahoma. ecu doesn't have the booster support that these schools have and they never will. ecu brings in less than 1/3 the proceeds from football that alabama, lsu, auburn, georgia, and florida. the only way ecu makes a bcs conference is if the big east loses more members and if they do they will probably lose their automatic bcs bid. sorry ecu fans, but reality says you have gone as far as you can go unless a depleted big east needs a substitute team.
  • by KAREN Location: FALLS CHURCH VA on Sep 20, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    Like I said before...ECU needs to be on the doorstep, email, text, phone, etc with the leaders of the SEC,..don't sit and wait..it won't happen...make it happen...make them think and consider, be there first before more happens...Show them you want it that BAD..THEN, SHOW THEM WHY.. 1. WOULD BE ONLY NC TEAM INN THE SEC THEREBY EXPANDING THE: FAN BASE TV VIEWING AREA TO NC VA AN ACC THREAT AN EAST COAST TEAM EASY TRAVEL IN CONF...NO LARGE TRAVEL BILL..NO ONE THOUGHT OF THAT so, the sooner I see Ballard and Etals there..I'll feel the Purple & Gold
  • by Lawrence on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    Go Pirates!!!! We belong in the ACC and u all know it. Heels and Pack, you are skeered of us! Aaaarrrrggggghhh!!!
  • by Bud Location: Wadsville on Sep 20, 2011 at 03:54 PM
    Back in the early 90s our program was on par with Va. Tech. How did they bust into a national power? Conference affiliation. When they went to the Big East, their recruiting took off. If we got into the SEC or other major conference, our recruiting would follow suit. It would be about three years before we could compete in all sports, including basketball!
  • by Inside Info on Sep 20, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    Rumor has it is that ECU is contemplating dropping to Division 2.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2011 at 04:37 AM in reply to Inside Info
      Rumor has it people who run their mouths on the internet are really sad and depressed and live miserable lives, please seek help before it's to late!
      • reply
        by Bill on Sep 23, 2011 at 03:08 AM in reply to
        Anonymous just ran his mouth on the internet.
  • by Earl on Sep 20, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    While football and BCS appears to be driving many decisions, conference affiliations also involve other sports. In the latest Director's Cup standings for total sports programs - ECU finished 88th. That was behind powerhouse sports schools like Penn, Brown, Yale and Harvard. So without major TV markets and a competitive total athletic program, it will be an uphill climb for ECU. SEC is a long shot, but probably the best shot. ACC is a non starter. No other NC schools will be admitted. Even if the 4 in state schools were in favor - and they are not - the other 8 and soon to be 10 schools do not want any more NC schools.
  • by Kane on Sep 19, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    If it annoys you, don't bother reading.
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