STATEMENT BY TERRY HOLLAND (on Big East expansion development)
"If there are conference realignments, ECU has controlled the things that are under our control and has positioned itself well with expanded and new facilities as well as proven fan support.
Television dollars also tend to be a primary focus of conference expansions today and the value of various opportunities in that area are more difficult to measure.
However, it is a fact that ECU delivers measurable "eyeballs" in an area that would be the third largest television market in the country - within a 3.5 hour drive from Greenville - from Charlotte in the west to the east coast of NC and into Norfolk/Tidewater, Virginia.
That area is also the home of over 80% of ECU's 130,000 living alumni and well over 90% of the 50,000 fans who pack Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for football games.
At this time, there have been no discussions with any conference that has been considering expansion but we have consistently stated our interest in altering the geographic profile of our current conference or considering an opening in a conference with a geographic profile that is more consistent with our needs."