Statements on ECU to the Big East

Like Tulane a couple of hours before, East Carolina officially announced its partnership with the Big East, this one only in football, starting in 2014.

Here are statements from the involved parties:

ECU chancellor Steve Ballard: "ECU is excited to become a football member of the Big East Conference. We know we will be successful and add value to the Big East. While hundreds of dedicated Pirates have contributed to this day, I especially want to recognize the relentless energy of Terry Holland and Nick Floyd in making this day a reality. It is a great day to be a Pirate."

ECU athletic director Terry Holland: "It is our intention for today’s announcement to be a strong first step toward finding the best competitive environment possible for ECU’s nineteen varsity sports. Big East Football provides an opportunity to renew old rivalries and begin new ones, both of which will be exciting for our players, coaches and fans. A football-only membership provided ECU’s gateway to an all sports membership in C-USA and a number of other successful programs, including Virginia Tech, received their opportunity through a football-only membership in the Big East."

Big East commissioner Mike Aresco: "We are very excited to welcome East Carolina University into the Big East Conference for football. They have a strong football tradition and a consistently successful program that will help elevate our football league immediately. The University is an outstanding academic institution that reflects the values important to the Big East Conference."