Can the pirates take Maryland's place in the ACC?

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  • earnestjbats Dec 14, 2013
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    I hope so

  • HourState Dec 15, 2013

    ECU would make a nice addition to the ACC and we need more local teams.

  • Chatham Adam Dec 15, 2013

    They ought to take NC State's place. State should take Davidson's old spot in the Southern Conference.

  • Ken D. Dec 16, 2013
    Sports Legend

    I think we need to realize that isn't going to happen. The ACC had their chance - more than once - and they picked other schools. Just like the Big East kept taking other schools ahead of the Pirates until they didn't have many options left. ECU can make all the logical arguments they want as to why somebody should pick them, but in the end we have to listen to the marketplace. It has spoken loud and clear.

  • HourState Dec 16, 2013

    Go ECU!

  • tcoutouzis Dec 17, 2013
    Sports Legend

    That isn't going to happen. The ACC would sweep UConn or Cincy before us. After that they are out of luck unless the Big 12 implodes. They would have to take us or BYU, which will not happen.

  • ECUPirate423 Dec 21, 2013
    Towel Boy

    Id love it but they arent going to take 4 teams from NC. SEC would be the only chance and that aint happening.

  • SeriousPirate Jan 7, 2014
    Towel Boy

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    Respectfully, I disagree. ECU has several options for growth and progress.

    Option 1-Embrace the AAC, deliver a solid product both on and off the field. Using increased exposure and money to be a contributor to the conference as well as positioning for future opportunities.

    Option 2-Obtain an invite to the Big 12. Become a travel partner for WVU (a very similar institution) by following the blue print outlined in Option 1.

    Option 3-Obtain an invite to either the ACC (in a backfill scenario should any reshuffling occur) or position for an SEC invite to create a new market for them in a growing southern state.

    Regarding ECU never getting an invite to the ACC and how that could "never happen". I've seen this kind of attitude in NC for years. The Ol' Boy Network is what it really is. This thought process and way of doing business is not only archaic but detrimental to the whole state and the ultimate objective...Profit & Growth. ECU brings much to the table and should be embraced throughout the state rather than viewed as a threat.


  • Ken D. Jan 7, 2014
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    From your post, I'm not sure what part of my post you respectfully disagree with. I don't believe anybody in the ACC views ECU as a threat. They just don't view it as someone that adds much value to the conference that it doesn't already have.

    That means that a school like Cincinnati, while it doesn't have the fan support that ECU does, isn't demonstrably better in football (basketball is another story), and could only deliver a small fraction of the Ohio TV markets, would likely be considered a better expansion choice. All of those things might not bring the conference enough additional value to justify having to split revenues even further than they already are. I don't think the ACC will expand again just for the sake of getting to a number. If it doesn't pay off in real dollars, it won't happen.

  • SeriousPirate Jan 8, 2014
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    Ken, I was addressing your assertion that ECU will never get an invite to the ACC. That is your opinion, not fact. Some said ECU would never get an invite to the Big East, while it took years it did infact happen. There is no way to know exactly how the college athletics landscape or ACC will look in the future. My post was meant to outline two potential conference affiliation options for ECU.

  • RaginCajunNCSU Mar 30, 2014
    Towel Boy

    ECU is welcome to the ACC!

  • TTCP Apr 3, 2014
    Bench Warmer

    That would be 5 teams from NC. I don't know of any major conference that has 5 from 1 State.

  • RaginCajunNCSU Apr 7, 2014
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  • SeriousPirate Apr 22, 2014
    Towel Boy

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    5 Teams is not the issue and is simply the current lineup. If NC political leaders were to see the big picture, a push to put NCSU in the SEC with ECU backfilling their slot in the ACC would benefit the state a great deal.

  • GUNNY III Oct 25, 2014
    Towel Boy

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    how bout taking unc's place

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