Greenville City Council endorses ECU bid to join Big 12 conference

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Members of the Greenville City Council are endorsing ECU Athletic Director Jeff Compher’s decision to actively promote ECU’s admittance into the Big 12 athletic conference.

In a letter released Tuesday by the group, they said, “Not only would the Big 12 conference gain a new, ultra competitive opponent on the field but it would also gain access to one of America’s most die-hard college sports fan bases headquartered in one of Sports Illustrated’s 2004 Sportstown USA communities. Historically, ECU has been known for its great game day atmosphere while continually filling its bleachers with fans. In 2010 ECU Football averaged over 50,000 fans per home game and currently has plans to add another 1,000 seats to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium by 2018, including luxury suites and a brand new press box.”

They also said the City of Greenville’s commitment to East Carolina University and its ambitions is “unwavering.”

They letter also added that “We respectfully ask that the Big 12 athletic conference expand its program into one of America’s fastest growing states by extending an invitation to East Carolina University.”

It’s signed by Mayor Allen Thomas, Mayor Pro-Tem Kandie Smith, At Large Member Calvin Mercer , District 2 Council-member Kandie Smith, District 3 Council-member McLean Godley,
District 4 Council-member Rick Smiley, and District 5 Council-member PJ Connelly.

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