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  • Ken D. Jul 5, 5:51 p.m.
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    NO! Unless your Notre Dame and can force the BCS to give you an automatic bid if you finish in... View More

    — Posted by Pirates of the East

    If my math is right, last year ECU's payout from C-USA for bowl revenue was about $500M. From... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    $500 million???

    That's a pretty killer bowl payout! ;)

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    The standard financial abbreviation for million is MM. M represents thousand (although most... View More

    — Posted by heelman73

    You're right. "M" tends to be used more in banking circles. It's shorthand for "mille" or thousand, and MM equals a thousand thousand, or a million.

    The point is, ECU isn't in their conference for the bowl payout. C-USA got $5.4MM from bowls last year, while the ACC's haul was $31.3MM (third highest of all conferences).

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jul 5, 6:31 p.m.
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    NO! Unless your Notre Dame and can force the BCS to give you an automatic bid if you finish in... View More

    — Posted by Pirates of the East

    If my math is right, last year ECU's payout from C-USA for bowl revenue was about $500M. From... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    $500 million???

    That's a pretty killer bowl payout! ;)

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    The standard financial abbreviation for million is MM. M represents thousand (although most... View More

    — Posted by heelman73

    Thanks, learn something new every day. I've seen "MM" used, as well as "M". I always thought they both stood for "million".

  • scousler Jul 5, 6:47 p.m.
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    Too many automatic bowl tie-ins are assigned to the conferences for ECU to make the independent leap at the moment. They do not have the nationwide name recognition that schools like BYU or Notre Dame possess. Their only real option is a Big East bid, but they probably won't get that without at least another couple of very good seasons. If they were to go independent and without a breakup of the BCS and the current bowl tie-ins, they would be in the same ironic position they were before - putting up good football records against quality teams, yet failing to cash in without getting any good bowl bids.

  • FAN72 Jul 7, 9:21 a.m.
    Sports Legend

    Shouldn't that have been done on Monday?

  • robster Jul 7, 10:27 a.m.
    Sports Legend

    I say get rid of BC and Miami and Wake Forest and add ECU...it would be great for the conference...all you sports fanatics with "loads of common sense" and who "know the real deal with sports" go ahead and argue....I'm just stating my opinion...

  • Ken D. Jul 7, 10:34 a.m.
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    I say get rid of BC and Miami and Wake Forest and add ECU...it would be great for the... View More

    — Posted by robster

    Wake Forest? Why not Florida State? We could also get rid of Georgia Tech while we're at it. Then drop down to the FCS where we could be one of the strongest conferences in football, instead of the FBS where we would be among the weakest.

    Who needs all that BCS money anyway?

  • Ken D. Jul 7, 10:47 a.m.
    Sports Legend

    Too many automatic bowl tie-ins are assigned to the conferences for ECU to make the independent... View More

    — Posted by scousler

    Maybe they need to create their own bowl, and host it whenever they have a winning record. The Colonial Bowl has a nice ring to it. :)

  • scousler Jul 7, 11:01 a.m.
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    I say get rid of BC and Miami and Wake Forest and add ECU...it would be great for the... View More

    — Posted by robster

    Wake Forest? Why not Florida State? We could also get rid of Georgia Tech while we're at it. ... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    I like that idea alot - chuck BC, Miami, FSU, Ga Tech, and keep just the regional teams in the Carolinas, VA, and MD...adding ECU. Quit the crooked BCS, play some really entertaining football against each other, the occasional BCS opponent, and participate in a 20 game playoff to determine the real champion.

  • PiratePhish Jul 7, 11:02 a.m.
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    I say get rid of BC and Miami and Wake Forest and add ECU...it would be great for the... View More

    — Posted by robster

    Yes, BC being in the ACC makes about as much sense geographically as TCU going to the Big East. BC being in the ACC is all about money, & that's all. BC used to have these great B-Ball rivalries with the Big East teams & usually had decent B-Ball teams. You think BC fans are going to travel to Greensboro for the ACC tournament? Haven't seen many the past 2 years.

    But triangle ACC fans don't want to think about ECU joining the ACC & leveling the playing field, then they would have nothing to belittle us by on message boards & in social circles. As much as I would like for this to happen for the close rivals & possibly being able to go to all away games, I don't think it ever will. There are too many egos running these schools to ever consider it. Big East or SEC would be a better fit.

    ECU going independent is not the way to go at this time, with BCS conferences taking over in all sports. I used to think that baseball was the last sport where the playing field was virtually equal for all schools, but since the formation of the BCS when is the last time you saw schools that used to make regular appearances in the college world series like Cal-State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Rice, & Wichita State win? 7 years ago... right before the BCS began to un-level the playing field for those not in a BCS conference.

  • davenportj Jul 7, 3:47 p.m.
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    If I had the choice I would like to have ECU in the Big East and still play a strong non- conference games. Now IF ECU can get into BCS conference will they still get to play our ACC sister schools as most ACC fans do not see ECU as a RIVAL but the schools still sale out those games and some circle the date.Why is that?

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