On Sep 21, 2011, at 6:12 PM, xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
I really enjoy keeping up with the Conference Expansion / Implosion reports that you have been doing. It's a great place to keep track of how actual things, and imagined things, have taken place over the last few days. Thanks and keep it up- interesting stuff!
However, you might want to work on your North Carolina geography a little bit. You state today that Raleigh is on the other side of the State from East Carolina. That is simply wrong. Greenville, NC, where ECU is located, is just about 80 miles east of Raleigh. That's pretty close considering that North Carolina is 450 miles wide from the Outer Banks to the Smokies! And ECU has a huge alumni base in Raleigh, and for that matter across NC. You may not be aware of this, but ECU is the second largest university in North Carolina, only Chapel Hill is larger.
> So even though you don't seem to like ECU, and I really don't understand why, you might want to brush up on your geography a little bit. Maybe you've been in Argentina too long to remember.
Thanks for your support of the site.
Unfortunately, when an article is posted, I don't use it as a platform to discuss my own personal history. I've spent enough time in Greenville over y life, spending months at a time living there, as well as Wilmington, Raleigh and even the outer banks to comprehend the nature of all things ECU. And what I know is that it would be foolish to think that ECU would do anything to deliver the Raleigh market. Anything. Because the market is already dominated by 3 schools with a superior academic record and ACC dominance of the market by actually 4 schools. ECU might as well be 1000 miles away if one if to think they would have any impact on the Raliegh market.
And the followup to my email:
I beg to differ, however, I do agree that it would not be the dominant team in the Raleigh market, taking a back seat to NC State and UNC. Duke, not so much, since ECU is a huge state school made up primarily of NC resident students. And since you've been in Greenville a lot, you know that ECU has no trouble filling their stadium for games. My daughter went to school there, so I know that if you can't have a good time in Greenville as a college student, well you just don't know how to have a good time!
My point is that ECU is not without a market in the highly populated North Carolina. It may not be the biggest, but the Big East isn't going to get UNC to join. ECU might just be one of the best of admittedly poor choices for the Big East right now. Personally, I don't see how Big East football can survive in the long run, but that's another story.