Should ECU declare its independence?
PACKFAN08 Jul 27, 3:41 p.m.
Not worry, in a few years you will see Super Conferences...where there is no Non-BCS schools...the SEC,ACC, and Big East will expand again...because it all comes down to money....only thing that sucks about C-USA is that if you win the conference your stuck going to the Liberty Bowl...I think Bowls should be able to take who they want, once the BCS National Title teams are matched up....and I think the ACC Champ does not deserve an automatic berth in the Orange Bowl..just like the Big East, it's a joke watching the ACC, and Big East Champ get humiliated...
davenportj Jul 25, 12:49 p.m.
That may be true Ken but ECU has not not been asked by anybody to join so here we sit looking to be pick by whomever I do wish to be somewhere outside of C-USA
Ken D. Jul 24, 9:15 a.m.
In a 16 team conference, you pretty much stay within your division. For ECU, that would mean Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and either Alabama or Auburn. That's a lot more manageable from a travel standpoint than C-USA, and certainly no worse than a Big East schedule would be.
tcoutouzis Jul 23, 6:30 a.m.
I do hope the SEC would move east and pick us up, but I think that they would try to steal a BCS team first from the ACC or Big East. I am thinking Clemson, Va Tech or West Virginia. If they couldn't get them, then I think we could seriously be considered since our school is SEC like in that it is football centric and there is rabid fan support. It would open up the NC market to the SEC. I am sure Terry has paid Mike Slive a visit. He was the old head of CUSA.
tcoutouzis Jul 23, 6:25 a.m.
I believe that BYU is getting $7 million a year from ESPN with their TV deal. I could be wrong though as it might be for a total of 3 years. If it is the first then that matches what the Big East pays out each year. If we were able to net something like that with ESPN, then I think we would be okay going independent. But I believe to Heelman's point that if we got good enough, teams would decline playing us or make it really expensive. The schedule might not be appealing as a result.
davenportj Jul 21, 4:07 p.m.
WOW! Ken that is a big step but how is that better than C-USA as to the long miles and forming a rivalry with the schools that are left of the BIG 12 you would think they may look to the Big East before coming to ECU as a playmate but one can dream
Ken D. Jul 21, 12:28 p.m.
I expect the flap over the Texas Longhorn network's plan to televise high school games in Texas will rekindle interest by A&M and Oklahoma to join the SEC. I also expect ECU to raise their hand, and ask to be included in a 16 team conference. Last year, when all the rumors were flying, there was talk of Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas moving as a group to the SEC. With the other three schools seeking to get away from the Longhorns, that could leave an opening for a fourth school, and ECU could expand that league's footprint into NC.
ecusteve Jul 15, 8:52 a.m.
Slight difference in DC vs. Melvis: DC is a 4-5 hour drive for most of our fans while Melvis is closer to 15. Melvis does offer more pawn shops and check cashing establishments, though.
ecusteve Jul 15, 8:41 a.m.
No reason to leave C-USA; it's our only option right now. Expect a football only invite to the BE and the other sports to relocate to the A-10 (better geographic fit w/east coast schools and Charlotte) in a couple of years.
One hidden factor with the BE is that their bowl tie-ins are terrible, outside of their BCS game.
ECU needs to take care of business on the field and at the box office this season. We have many opportunities to show the nation that we're worthy of a BCS conference opening. The facility upgrades in the other sports are a big step as well.
jtmmlee Jul 15, 5:30 a.m.
Going indy today is not the same as it was when ECU was indy for 20 years....FSU, Miami, USCe, VT, WVU, Southern Miss and a few more where all independent football programs plus conferences did not have 12 members which left more non-conference games to schedule which we filled. There use to be a pre-season Southern Independents ranking just like each conference has a pre-season ranking. The reason we where left out of bowl games is because of bowl tie ins not fans support --- ECU fans travel very well and in large numbers. Today just about every bowl game is a tie-in bowl game even the ones which a team does not really make any money by going. Independent days for football are over...with the next next staduim expansion already announced for 2015 to 58,000 plus I think ECU will be just fine even without the advantage of AUTO status.
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