ECU Officials Apologize For Chant At NC State Game

ECU officials are apologizing for a chant from the ECU student section before Saturday's game against NC State.

Below is the message from Steve Ballard/ECU Chancellor, Terry Holland/ECU Athletics Director, Ruffin McNeill/ECU Football Coach and Treymayne Smith/ECU SGA President:

"On behalf of the ECU Student Body and all the members of the Pirate Nation, we would like to publicly apologize to every man, woman and child who heard the unfortunate chant from the ECU student section on Saturday. The fact that it occurred as the National Anthem was being played makes us wish we could apologize to every American, particularly those who defend our flag at the risk of their own lives and their families' well being.

We are sure the students who made the poor decision to join a chant belittling our opponent did not hear the anthem beginning. However, that error in judgment by a small number of students should serve as a stark reminder to all that a seemingly frivolous prank can embarrass(and anger) a great university's tens of thousands of constituents as well as our visitors.

The actions of those few students also diminished and tarnished the efforts of current ECU students on the field and in the stands who worked so hard to create a perfect (almost) game day atmosphere in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium that is the envy of even the biggest football programs in this country. There is no stadium in the country that has already celebrated two wins on the last play of the game in the classy manner that the nation witnessed after the Tulsa and N.C. State victories.

There were still scattered reports of less visible examples of poor behavior on Saturday. History tells us that anytime we attempt to belittle other human beings simply because they are wearing the colors of their school, we only diminish our own humanity and insure our own eventual defeat.

There is no place on the ECU campus for that kind of thinking or behavior so we will continue to ask every member of the Pirate Nation to step forward and be heard on this issue. We ask that you continue to go the extra mile to welcome one and all to ECU events and to report any incidents of harassing behavior.

It is our belief that events such as these are an unfortunate part of our journey to be what we all want East Carolina University to represent to one and all.

We are proud members of the Pirate Nation. GO PIRATES!"


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 10, 2010 at 09:54 AM
    Dave, that's because you have the brain the size of a bean.
  • by Dave Location: Hades on Nov 7, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    Well said Scott! I applaud you!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 2, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    Scott, you are being such a hypocrite with what you just said. ECU fans act obnoxious unlike the N.C. State fans? Unlike the West Virginia fans? Unlike the Arkansas fans? It sounds like YOU are the one who needs to act like you have been somewhere than just just Greenville dude. If ECU was mediocre in academics, then you might as well throw N.C. State, Virginia Tech, and Florida State into that same bunch of MEDIOCRE schools. If ECU is mediocre in the sports program, then N.C. State, Virginia, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, and some others might as well be MEDIOCRE in sports programs as well. This BCS vs. Non-BCS and AQ vs. Non-AQ garbage is the only reason why N.C. State fans try to act like they have some athletic program as good as Texas or Florida, Scott. Once again I say YOU need to act like you need to be somewhere other than just Greenville, better yet go live somewhere else. Greenville has no room for people like you.
  • by Scott Location: Greenville on Nov 1, 2010 at 08:09 PM
    I didn't attend the game for one reason. ECU fans! I would have expected nothing less from ECU fans, students or adults. I've been to to many ECU events where the fans thought ECU was somebody. ECU fans need to get rid of the Napoleonic complex and understand they are just another mediocre school when it comes to sports or academics. ECU fans have got to be some of the most obnoxius fans around. What difference does it make if you beat State. You haven't done much. State hasn't won an ACC championship in 31 years. Why don't you act like you've been somewhere besides Greenville.
  • by Josh W Location: Nashville NC on Oct 29, 2010 at 01:24 PM
    I attended NCSU/ECU game this year. I didnt have a problem when the fans booed the NCSU band or cheerleaders. It did not bother me a whole lot when the fans shot the NCSU cheerleaders the bird. This was a big game and we were all excited regardless of the color of shirt we had on. BUT we are all Americans. That was our NATIONAL ANTHEM, all of us. Anyone who feels that disrespecting the National Anthem is not a big deal should go to Arlington National Cemetary and explain to mothers who lost sons or to wives who lost husbands that disrespecting thier dead love ones is ok because it was a big game. I believe I would like to hear that conversation.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Oct 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    Collosus, A & T was one of the first schools I thought of and is more well known than others. Okay then I'll say Western Carolina then. Did'nt realize at the time A & T had an engineering school until someone else mentioned about it!
  • by Seen It All Location: ENC on Oct 28, 2010 at 10:20 AM
    Most employers don't really give a hoot about where you got your degree. A degree simply lets you meet the minimum requirements for applying for the position. Your boss will be more concerned about your ability to produce positive results in your job responsibilities. I have two degrees and both are from smaller universities, yet I am considered to be very successsful by today's economic standards. Over the years, I have supervised subordinates with degrees from most major universities. Most had never even heard of my undergraduate uiversity. It is not how much you paid to get your degree or what the name of your university might be, it boils down to what you do when you get a job. Talk is cheap, your boss is paying you for Action -- positive productivity. So just get over your smug attitude of graduating from UNC,NCSU,DUKE,TEXAS,USC,Alabama.....etc. Plenty of dummies have degrees from those places -- on the 5 & 6 year plans. Be happy with what you have and be positive in life. Go ECU.
  • by 2ndStPirate Location: 2nd Street on Oct 28, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    Some of the comments on here are ridiculous. This is not Alabama, USC, or Texas. This is East Carolina and they were playing NCSU. Less than 100 miles separates the two schools and most kids from this area decide to attend one or the other (or other institutions near by). Of course there is going to be a good rivalry when childhood best friends attend different colleges and their school plays football in the others backyard. I do not think ECU should apologize for anything the students were chanting. They should be happy that we have fans/students that come to games unlike most of our other C-USA brethren.
  • by COLLOSUS Location: SOMEWHERE on Oct 27, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    My last point! Look at the "Wall Street Jounal's ranking of Colleges and Universities" story on this same website. NC State is 19th, UNC is 25th and NC A&T is 31! I love ECU. Nothing against them at all. But, where were they ranked? AGGIE PRIDE!
  • by COLLOSUS Location: SOMEWHERE on Oct 27, 2010 at 09:16 AM
    FYI SAM-According to "US News and World Reports" ranking of colleges and universities ECU and NC A&T are both ranked as TIER 2 schools!
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