Governor Beverly Perdue has sent a letter in support of ECU’s bid to join the Big East Conference. The letter to the presidents of the Big East schools is co-signed by Senator Kay Hagan and Senator Richard Burr.
Here is what is in the body of that letter:
Re: East Carolina University - Interest in the Big East Conference
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We are writing as three state-wide North Carolina elected officials - its Governor and its two United States Senators - and in support of the effort of East Carolina University ("ECU") to become a member of the Big East Conference. In this effort, we speak - along with a majority of North Carolinians - with one voice.
Our state has a strong tradition of public universities with both excellent academic records and deep commitments to intercollegiate athletics. ECU, as fully described in the letter from University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross, follows in that tradition.
ECU is an institution whose presence would serve to strengthen the Big East as a conference by bringing its deep ties to the entire state of North Carolina into the Big East fold. ECU, by virtue of its growing academic reach, its proven track record in football and other intercollegiate sports, and its ardent fan base throughout North Carolina, is a school that can and will serve the Big East well.
We would very much appreciate your serious consideration of East Carolina University.