East Carolina Officially A Big East Football Only Member In 2014

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From The Big East….

PROVIDENCE – BIG EAST Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced the addition of East Carolina University, one of the nation’s emerging research institutions, as a conference member that will compete in the BIG EAST in the sport of football.

The BIG EAST Board of Directors, by a unanimous vote of its Presidents, extended the invitation to East Carolina. ECU will begin BIG EAST football competition in the 2014 season.

“We are very excited to welcome East Carolina University into the BIG EAST Conference for football,” said Aresco. “They have a strong football tradition and a consistently successful program that will help elevate our football league. The University is an outstanding academic institution that reflects the values important to the BIG EAST Conference.”

“ECU is excited to become a football member of the BIG EAST Conference,” said ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard. “We know we will be successful and add value to the BIG EAST. While hundreds of dedicated Pirates have contributed to this day, I especially want to recognize the relentless energy of Terry Holland and Nick Floyd in making this day a reality. It is a great day to be a Pirate.”

Founded in 1907 in Greenville, N.C., East Carolina University is a 105-year-old public university and research institution that is nationally recognized for preparing rural family physicians, educational professionals and for its strong performing arts programs.

It enrolls 27,500 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and is North Carolina’s largest producer of education and primary care professionals. It operates the Brody School of Medicine, a new school of Dental Medicine and a growing undergraduate Honors College in Greenville.

On the football field, East Carolina has been a consistent winner. The Pirates went to five straight bowl games and won two conference championships from 2006-10. Under third-year head coach Ruffin McNeill, ECU has compiled an 8-4 regular-season record this season, which included a 7-1 conference mark. The Pirates will be headed to their 18th bowl game.

The ECU football team plays in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium that has a capacity of 50,000. The team has averaged more than 47,000 fans per game in each of the past three seasons.

The BIG EAST has previously announced new members that will begin playing football in the 2013. Those schools are: Boise State University, University of Central Florida, University of Houston, University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University, San Diego State University. Tulane University will begin play in 2014. The Naval Academy will start BIG EAST football play in 2015.


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5 thoughts on “East Carolina Officially A Big East Football Only Member In 2014

  1. roberttherugguyraleigh

    Make the trip to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. “47,000 fans per game in each of the past three seasons”, Pirate Ship and all!. Also brings the Tidewater VA market into the Big East. I assure you there is as much Purple and Gold even here in Raleigh as Wolfpack Red and Carolina Blue.

    1. SillyBoy

      Please—No offense Robert—-but tough to get excited about a game with East Carolina….we are clearly headed down the wrong path…

  2. jack54

    The time has arrived. Officially change the name of the Big East to Conference USA II. The winner can match up with the MAC every year as it’s top bowl game. Realignment is a game of musical chairs, and we are left standing. The vast majority of ACC supporters want UL instead of UConn.

  3. Eric

    I know that this football league is probably stronger, but I have no interest in staying if given a choice. Basketball is to water down now.

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