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ECU plans to expand stadium to 60,000 by 2016

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We went from this...(42,000)

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To where we are now...(50,000)

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Next we're adding 2nd level to the pressbox side, as well as adding a pressbox on top that resembles NC State's.... minus all the red, obviously.  To get us to 60,000.  People didn't think we'd be able to fill 50,000 when we were at 42,000... so I'm sure there will be naysayers, but ECU's fanbase is growing every year, and we're getting 50K for teams like UAB and Memphis.  We'll get 60K when Cincy, UCONN, USF, & co. come to town.

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When did NCSU enclose their horseshoe design? I haven't been to a game at the Rowdy Dowdy in a while man. Extremely tough place to play at when ECU brings it. 

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Never been to ECU, it looks nice though. Do they sell-out regularly? How do ECU fans feel the Big East will change peoples view on ECU? what if they go in and struggle for 2-3+ yrs, will people still support or do they lose fans?

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i wish they could get 1 other good non conf team in there. besides the typical ACC teams.

 

what football conf are they in now?

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Never been to ECU, it looks nice though. Do they sell-out regularly? How do ECU fans feel the Big East will change peoples view on ECU? what if they go in and struggle for 2-3+ yrs, will people still support or do they lose fans?

 

Thanks!  Yeah, it is a really nice campus and great stadium.

 

ECU fans are pretty excited about joining the New Big East (AAC or The American Conference) but I'd say we are MORE excited about getting the heck out of Conference USA.  The way we look at it, we may not be in the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, or ACC... but we're better off than we were.  If you look at it, had we stayed in C-USA, we'd be playing teams like:

 

UTSA, Rice, UAB, UNC-Charlotte, FIU, FAU, UTEP, etc.

 

Now, in The American Conference, we play teams like:

 

Cincinnatti, UCONN, USF, Temple, Houston, UCF, etc.  It's much, much better.

 

I honestly don't think we'll struggle in this new league.  Louisville and Rutgers will be gone by the time we officially join the league in 2014, and we are improving every year.  But even if we came in had a few subpar seasons, attendance wouldn't drop.  ECU football is the only show in Greenville, and we have rabid fans that would go watch us play anybody, regardless of our record.

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i wish they could get 1 other good non conf team in there. besides the typical ACC teams.

 

what football conf are they in now?

 

The AAC or "The American Conference."

 

We have multi-year home and home contracts with: VT, South Carolina, UNC, NC State, and West Virginia.  We just signed a home and home with BYU, so that will be a good out of conference matchup.  ECU has never hidden from the "Big Boys."  We will play anyone, anywhere, anytime.  I think the main reason they schedule ACC teams is just for regional interest.  (The same reason why we occasionally schedule App State or ODU)

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Never been to ECU, it looks nice though. Do they sell-out regularly? How do ECU fans feel the Big East will change peoples view on ECU? what if they go in and struggle for 2-3+ yrs, will people still support or do they lose fans?

 

 

Honestly, ECU has some of the best fans in the state.  ECU will never lose fans. I attended school there during the John Thompson era when the team was God-awful (3 wins-20 losses), and there were still good crowds every weekend. It's a great environment in Greenville on game day.  Basically the entire town shuts down and everyone is invested in the game.  It really is a great football town.

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Went to the App Ecu game in 2009...all I remember was how hot it was in Greenville whew.

 

Great college environment for football though, I had a great time. 

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No I agree, ECU is in a better place then they were (at least for football)  At first I thought it was a bit dangerous for the school with the uncertainty that was in the Big East at the time. Now that Uconn, Cinci, USF, UCF and Houston are all staying/joined the conference should be solid throughout most sports. 

 

How do you feel the school will do? I feel that ECU will be ok in football, they need to catch up to Cinci and Houston who will be the top 2 IMO. ECU has been around the same level as most of the other programs in recent years. I haven't followed ECU in a couple yrs since Lance Lewis Graduated (friend of mine) I believe Hardy is still there and I really think he is a solid player.

 

Problem is can ECU be competitive in other sports? I feel that is where the move will hurt the most.

 

I am a Charlotte alumni so I am very excited for the program we are starting. We are already signing players of 3* caliber on the regular and really getting a lot of local commitments which I feel is very important. Charlotte is a very strong area for High School football in the state and if we can dictate keeping local talent I see us being very strong. We have added over 20 transfers from Div 1A schools and some Priority Juco players. I really think we can come into Conference USA and contend year in and out. I hope 5-10 yrs down the road we can join the American Conference and create a true rivalry with ECU. 

 

 

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ECU's new AD, Jeff Compher, was named "Athletics Director of the Year" by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) for his work at Northern Illinois.

 

http://www.ecupirates.com/genrel/061013aab.html

 


Under his direction, Huskie student-athletes excelled academically as all 17 intercollegiate athletic teams surpassed the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR) each year during his tenure. His department produced seven Academic All-America selections, two National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes, an NCAA Woman-of-the-Year finalist and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner in the last three years.

 

In addition to ranking in the Top 12 nationally in APR in each of the last four years, the NIU football program captured its second-straight Mid-American Conference title last December and became the first MAC team to play in the Bowl Championship Series with its Discover Orange Bowl matchup against Florida State on Jan. 1, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'd say ECU is heading in the right direction with this guy at the helm.

 

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No I agree, ECU is in a better place then they were (at least for football)  At first I thought it was a bit dangerous for the school with the uncertainty that was in the Big East at the time. Now that Uconn, Cinci, USF, UCF and Houston are all staying/joined the conference should be solid throughout most sports. 

 

How do you feel the school will do? I feel that ECU will be ok in football, they need to catch up to Cinci and Houston who will be the top 2 IMO. ECU has been around the same level as most of the other programs in recent years. I haven't followed ECU in a couple yrs since Lance Lewis Graduated (friend of mine) I believe Hardy is still there and I really think he is a solid player.

 

Problem is can ECU be competitive in other sports? I feel that is where the move will hurt the most.

 

I am a Charlotte alumni so I am very excited for the program we are starting. We are already signing players of 3* caliber on the regular and really getting a lot of local commitments which I feel is very important. Charlotte is a very strong area for High School football in the state and if we can dictate keeping local talent I see us being very strong. We have added over 20 transfers from Div 1A schools and some Priority Juco players. I really think we can come into Conference USA and contend year in and out. I hope 5-10 yrs down the road we can join the American Conference and create a true rivalry with ECU. 

 

As far as football, I disagree about Houston being in the top 2 in the American.  ECU consistantly beats Houston in every sport, including football.  (Beat them 48-28 last year.)

 

We'll contend for the American football title right away, especially considering Shane Carden (QB) will be a senior in our first season in the AAC.  He's breaking every ECU passing record like it's nothing.  Coach Ruff has seriously increased ECU's football recruiting.  We're getting kids we've never had a shot at before.  With his recruiting ability, and adding teams like UCONN, USF, Cincy, etc to the schedule, we'll have no issue sustaining that level of recruiting.

 

Baseball... we should own the AAC in baseball.  We missed the NCAA Tournament this season (which is extremely rare) but are consistantly hanging around the top 25 every season. 

 

Basketball... we just had the best basketball season in ECU history.  Jeff Lebo is a superb coach.  We received a bye for the first round of the C-USA Tournament for the first time ever.  We won the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament (CIT) for our first EVER postseason tournament championship.  Recruiting in basketball is light-years ahead of where we were 5 years ago.  We're almost finished building a $15 Million basketball practice facility, which has recruits excited.  ECU basketball is heading in the right direction.  Having teams like UCONN and Cincy coming to Minges Coliseum will give ECU a HUGE shot of life into the basketball program.

 

ECU will do well across the board in this new conference, I am confident.  I just hope the league stays together... I'm afraid when the Big 5 conferences decide to expand again, UCONN, USF, & Cincy are the first 3 gone.

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In football Houston has been more consistent then ECU for last decade: 

 

Houston   75 wins 53 losses 7 bowl appearances

 

ECU         60 wins 65 losses 5 bowl appearances  

 

NFL: Neither team has really had much impact on NFL roster... highlights are

Chris Johnson (ECU) Garrard (ECU) Lival Joseph (ECU)

Kevin Kolb (Houston) Donnie Avery (Houston) DJ Hayden (Houston)

 

Houston lost Sumlin to Texas A&M which hurt the program, ECU was better last year with 8-4 compared to 5-7 for Houston

 

Overall records for last decade hurt ECU with dismal yrs in 2003 and 2004 where they combined for 3 wins in 2 yrs.The rest was fairly comparable except Houston's 13-1 record in 2011 

 

Couldn't find a head to head for teams. 

 

To be honest it was a lot closer then I had expected. Houston gets more publicity recently with a run on good QB's with Kolb, Keenum and now Piland. Everything else came out very close in the last 5 yrs as far as football is concerned. 

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