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East Carolina ready for conference move

Posted July 11, 2013
Updated July 13, 2013

— East Carolina will spend one more year in Conference USA, then it's off to their new home, formerly known as the Big East, currently called the American Athletic Conference.

"The American Athletic Conference is going to be a very strong conference for us. It's certainly better than where we were," said Terry Holland, Former ECU Athletic Director. "We got a lot of mileage out of C-USA, but C-USA continued to hemmorage members."

Jeff Lebo Gravley: ECU ready for conference move

Former AD Terry Holland led the charge to change conferences. He saw a need to upgrade ECU's facilities to be more attractive to a new league. Holland also understood the need to produce a better product on the basketball court. That started with the hiring of former North Carolina guard Jeff Lebo after he was fired by Auburn.

"The only blip is a minor part of his career at Auburn. You sit there and say, 'Why did they fire him?' was the first question. Then I said, 'Thank God they did'," said Holland.

Lebo is 56-44 in 3 seasons at ECU and year by year he has seen progress on the court and in the stands.

"We had a sold out sign out here," said ECU basketball coach Jeff Lebo. "I went out and took a picture of it before the game. people were asking me 'Coach, you have a game here in about half an hour.' I said 'I want a picture of this sign out here'." 

This past season the Pirates won their first postseason basketball game in school history. They didn't stop until the final game of the College Insiders.com Tournament, beating Weber State for the National Tournament title.

"I think that will help elevate our program as far as exposure," Lebo said. "It will help elevate our program in the area to make it a little more fashionable to come to play at East Carolina. 

"Obviously the NCAA tournament is where we want to be and that's our goal. But we broke through some barriors that have been holding this program back."

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  • PirateGrad2009 Jul 13, 6:11 p.m.

    So I've read that one of you thinks that Cinny will be thinking that Greenville/ECU is not a... View More

    — Posted by davenportj

    Just to piggyback on your post, here's our football record against the members of the AAC:
    vs. Cincinnati 12-5
    vs. Houston 7-5
    vs. Memphis 15-6
    vs. SMU 2-2
    vs. UCF 9-3
    vs. USF 0-4 vs. Temple 7-4 vs. Tulsa 5-5 vs. Tulane 10-2 vs. Navy 1-3 vs. UCONN: None Overall: 68-39 I think we'll do just fine in the new conference and I certainly hope that Compher keeps up the competitive out of conference games like the past i.e. Vatech, USC, Wolpfack, and UNC. However, only IF they agree to home/home series' much like VaTech has consistently done.

  • davenportj Jul 13, 10:08 a.m.

    So I've read that one of you thinks that Cinny will be thinking that Greenville/ECU is not a good place the play ball. You must be very young as Cinny has play in Greenville many times in the past. But don't let a small thing like true facts get in the way of your fun

  • Obamacare rules Jul 12, 4:19 p.m.

    I wonder what the players on the Cincy and UConn team will think as they are driving down Grainvul Blvd to the gym or Podunk Stadium?
    - Posted by rduguyhere

    Have to admit.....I got a good laugh out of this!!

  • Obamacare rules Jul 12, 4:18 p.m.

    Wow, this conference really is the worst in the nation. The AAC? Are you kidding me? lol

  • me2you Jul 12, 4:01 p.m.

    Go Pirates. Yes, many of the same teams in the new conference as C-USA, but if they can continue to win, they'll gain more respect.

  • Mustang Jul 12, 3:39 p.m.

    I wonder what the players on the Cincy and UConn team will think as they are driving down... View More

    — Posted by rduguyhere

    They are probably wondering why there are blowhards in RDU that can't spell Greenville and take it upon themselves to take cheap shots at the Pirates.

  • DurhamDevil Jul 12, 3:39 p.m.

    A strong ECU team is good for the state of NC. It will also give some of the other "big name" schools in the state a run for their money when it comes to recruiting local players.

    Being a Duke fan, Lebo was not ever one of my favorites but he was a solid player who is bound to have good coaching pedigree given who he played for.

    Good luck to the Pirates.

  • lec02572 Jul 12, 1:18 p.m.

    Not an ECU fan, but I wish them success in their new league and all their athletic programs.

  • Hokies94 Jul 12, 12:27 p.m.

    Happy for ECU fans and the University. Solid move.

  • tcoutouzis Jul 12, 12:26 p.m.

    RDUguyhere- It doesn't matter if it didn't work out. Our team will be much better this year with our new DC and the offense has found its rhythm. This is a much more dangerous team this year and UNC, NCSU and Va Tech are prone to an upset.

    Also, show a little class. We aren't EZU. No one on this thread has referred negatively about UNC (Which would be easy to do given all the sanctions and investigations going on in their sports programs). Go stir the pot somewhere else.

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