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ECU Announces They Are No Longer Under Consideration By The Big 12

The Big 12 has officially dropped East Carolina from conference expansion consideration.

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It’s no secret that Big 12 expansion has been a circus show. The conference reportedly interviewed 20 different candidates, when logic tells us there can only a handful of real contenders. Whether it was the Big 12 posturing to their network partners, or just an extreme effort to make sure they found the right schools, we knew the conference was going to have to make some cuts and more than a few schools would get their hearts broken.

Well, it looks like the Big 12 has started the break up calls as ECU has announced that the conference has informed them that they are no longer under consideration.

“I am proud of the support Pirate Nation provided to our efforts. While I am disappointed by the decision, I remain undaunted in my commitment to ECU athletics and the excellence displayed by our wonderful student-athletes, coaches and staff.” ECU chancellor Dr. Cecil Staton said in a statement.

East Carolina is a decent school, but the reality is they were never in strong contention. Not as long as schools like BYU, Houston, Cincinnati, UConn, and Memphis are on the board. There are just too many candidates that bring more to the table. And while we’re pretty sure the Big 12 has a pretty good idea who they’re going to offer, we know several more schools are going to get cut. If they haven’t already.

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