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Director of Athletics Terry Holland, front/left, and Chancellor Steve Ballard, front/right, speak during a press conference confirming ECU to join the Big East in football in 2014. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.
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Director of Athletics Terry Holland, front/left, and Chancellor Steve Ballard, front/right, speak during a press conference confirming ECU to join the Big East in football in 2014. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.

ECU ready to rise in the East

By Nathan Summers

The Daily Reflector

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East Carolina football pledged its future to the Big East on Tuesday, a move that Director of Athletics Terry Holland said will pave an easier road to bigger and better bowls and potentially generate much more revenue.

Holland and ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard confirmed ECU’s football-only switch from Conference USA — the Pirates’ conference since 1996 — at a news conference Tuesday on campus.


“I think access to the best bowl games — and the one that you want to be in is a BCS bowl game — it provides that opportunity,” Holland said of the Big East football move, which will take effect in 2014. “I don’t think there is any doubt that the potential for revenue is an important piece of it. It shouldn’t be a driving factor in college athletics, but it’s a factor that we all have to be conscious of and make sure that we are stewards of those resources.”

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Lateral move at best..........

The 'New' Big East is the old CUSA. HO-HUM

Definitely a step up!

C-USA is weak and getting weaker. Good move.

Laughing out loud...that this is suppose to be..

a great news story? Come on, folks, still not a big conference, which by the way ECU doesn't need to be in (i.e. BIG). They spend fortunes, and majority of games you can't see locally on TV unless you pay BIG $$$ to Direct TV or Suddenlink, when who cares to see a few miniscule games. Trust me I am a Pirate Fan but football and sports have gotten way out of hand. More important to give scholarships to needy students, and not charge students astronomical student fees for what..about 4 or 5 home games? Sorry not impressed. Always rebuilding...who will be next coach to do so?

We are much better off in The

We are much better off in The Big East, even if they were hesitant to take us before and the conference is going through a major restructuring...CUSA is getting much weaker, Big East will remain stronger and have more TV dollars then CUSA even in the worst case scenario...if we can prove ourselves in TBE then and have more exposure… the landscape of ECU can be elevated to a level we have never seen...one guarantee is that we have no chance of growing in the CUSA we have to leave at all costs and prove ourselves. WE ARE NOW IN THE BIG EAST….THIS IS AS PROUD DAY FOR ECU!

Agree

We should turn them down. The BCS is done with after next year, so all we have to do is win no matter what conference we're in. Plus it's not as if we pick up any great teams to draw crowds... I mean maybe Louisville and USF will turn fans on, but Uof L is probably gone to big 12 anyways. I mean do we really care about facing Navy or SD State?

ECU

Sounds good but is it REALLY good for ECU to move to a conference that looks like is wasting away. And why just football? I think the basketball teams would benefit from playing in the Big East more so than the football team considering the climate with the conference now.

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