Although I'm not from NC, I can't see why anyone there would want to add ECU to the ACC anymore than an SEC school would want to add Troy State.
ACC schools have built strong academic reputations. ECU is certainly not known for that. According to my cousin in NC, ECU is a school that kids go to that could not get in UNC or NC State Univ. She said the hardest state colleges to get in to in NC are (in order) UNC, NC State, UNC Wilmington, UNC Asheville, Appalachian State, UNC Greensboro, UNC Charlotte, then ECU. (ahead of only West Carolina, NC A&T, NC Central, and a few others I can't remember)
As for athletics, ECU certainly seems to do well in the C-USA. But they have never won a conference title. And to be honest, this conference is just a notch above a I-AA league. I know some Wake Forest and Duke fans might want to add them, but that is just because it would keep them from finishing last in the ACC in football. Both Wake Forest and Duke beat ECU last year. Duke broke some 22 game losing streak against ECU.
As for basketball, ECU has had like one winning season in a conference in 20 years.
So my question is, other than Duke wanting to add them for football, why would the ACC want them?
ZoneMan, your cousin's expertise in the academic rankings of North Carolina 's colleges and universities is certainly something to behold !! Clearly, she has been studying that subject matter for years and years. What an accomplishment ! I know the family is proud of her !
Believe me, the ACC does everything it can do to stymie the progress of ECU; its strong opposition to its now esteemed medical school and lobbying behind the scenes to keep the school from joining a BCA conference are just two examples. Other than basketball and academic programs that are better than some I admit(but inferior to Ivy League schools), the conference is mostly noted around the country for its prima donna reputation.
Prior to being shut out of a BCA conference, ECU clearly had the best football program in North and South Carolina. It was also very competitive with what are now Big East affiliated schools.