The addition of East Carolina University to the Big East Conference for football should be a dream come true, one long overdue, for Pirate fans were it not for some outstanding questions it poses. While the university can be delighted to have a home for its most prominent revenue sport, the health of that conference and the potential disruption caused to the school’s 18 other athletic programs are cause for concern.
That should not act as a wet blanket thrown on a celebratory occasion since this move was long sought after and fans should share the confidence of Chancellor Steve Ballard and Athletic Director Terry Holland that this is the proper course for Pirate sports. But the answers to those outstanding questions will have lasting ramifications for the school and all should be interested in seeing them resolved with due diligence.
When the wheel of realignment spun again this month, fortune favored the gold (and purple) and Tuesday brought the announcement that the Big East Conference would add Tulane University in all sports and the Pirates for football. The move comes a little more than a year after East Carolina officials publicly applied for membership in that conference.
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