Holland Addresses ECU-NC State Scheduling Philosophy

The following is a statement from ECU Athletics Director Terry Holland.

While I have no first hand knowledge of the circumstance of the comments made on a radio talk show, these are the absolute facts as I know them regarding future football games with NC State:

1. Skip Holtz and Terry Holland want to play the other public Football Bowl Subdivision institutions in our state (NC State and UNC) as often as possible. These are great rivalry games that are good for the economy of this state and for eastern North Carolina in particular.

2. If NC State and UNC called today and told us that they would each play us home and home every year, we would do whatever necessary to make that work, as we did in 2006 when we moved the Virginia Tech series back a year in order to play at NC State in 2006 and have NC State and UNC in Greenville in 2007. We believe those games are that important to the future of this area economically and otherwise. We are therefore TOTALLY committed to playing games against those institutions whenever the opportunity arises for us to play them.

3. Last spring, NC State and ECU began discussions about moving games around to allow each to achieve their desired home and away "balance." ECU specifically asked about moving the 2009 game scheduled for Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to the 2010 season. We wanted the local rivalry game with NC State in 2010 when we expect to have completed our East End Zone project that could add between 5,000 and 7,000 seats to our stadium. Our only contracted non-conference home game for the 2010 season is Navy, and having NC State in that particular year would obviously make our season ticket package more attractive for the 2010 season.

4. There have been a number of suggested resolutions to achieve each institution's desired balance, including playing once every three years in the short term while leading to a longer term agreement to settle the issue of future games when the current coaches and athletics directors are not likely to be in their present positions .

5. However, the bottom line is that ECU and NC State have a signed contract to play in Greenville in 2009, 2012 and 2016 and in Raleigh in 2008, 2010, and 2013. Until there is a different schedule mutually agreeable to both teams, ECU is prepared to continue honoring that contract and expects NC State to do the same.

(To read WRAL's story about the radio show, click here.)

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  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Sep 29, 2008 at 07:27 AM
    Come on now B, where is your so called "Southern hospitality" at?
  • by B Location: Greenville on Sep 29, 2008 at 06:26 AM
    I agree with Leigh. Dave, you do understand the same road that brought you here will certainly carry you right back out?
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Sep 27, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    Leigh: Thank you!
  • by Leigh Location: Greenville on Sep 27, 2008 at 05:35 AM
    Deadfish: My comment was in reference to Dave Location: Greenville on Sep 25, 2008 at 04:23 PM post but WITN left out that part.
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Sep 26, 2008 at 08:38 PM
    Leigh: What you are talking about? What does the community have to do with sports? I am a classy person and I don't make personal attacks on anybody. So if you want to talk about CFB we can do that in a civil way. I can handle trash talk NOT disrespectful personal attacks. Are we clear on that? Finally I need to correct myself. I was referring to Mr. T's comment posted on the Pirates Fall to #23 in AP Top 25 article instead of the other thread I quoted. Thank you
  • by Leigh Location: Greenville on Sep 26, 2008 at 06:01 PM
    If you don't care about the community then don't let the door hit you!!!!!
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Sep 26, 2008 at 05:50 PM
    "Mr. T.": On another thread I clearly posted WHY money alone would NOT lure top "prospects". What bothers me about your statement is that you said that you agreed with the factors I listed that contribute to attract a top athlete. You turn around and say: "Deadfish doesn't believe money plays a role in the attraction of talent!". I responded to that that it takes more than money to lure a HS prospect such as tradition, academic excellence and reputation. Furthermore you complimented by saying that I am very knowledgeable about CFB. To reinforce that point there a lot of colleges where money is not a problem that have not been able to compete because they lack the top talent. I expect an apology and a public retraction of your statement. Mr. T made his statement on a comment he posted under: "Pirates stunned! ECU Upset by Wolfpack 30-24". Thank you
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Sep 25, 2008 at 07:02 PM
    When I hear the ECU players talk I think of the Fat Albert character Mushmouth.
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Sep 25, 2008 at 05:10 PM
    ECU is rated #206 academically in the nation per: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/college/national-counselor-rank Just listen to the ECU players interviews...
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Sep 25, 2008 at 01:23 PM
    ECU means NOTHING to me and I don't care what it does for this community. That is sad when you only need 2.0 to get into a college. It just goes to show you how LOW ECU's standards are. Also, Greenville is just a stop in the road for me and then it's back to PA. GO PENN STATE!!
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