Thank or blame N.C. State for ECU and ASU football!‏

Posted by Andy Durham on October 23, 2008 at 7:36 pm under College | 3 Comments to Read

It was announced earlier in the week that ECU and ASU would play in Greenville next year. I thought that was a nice coup for both schools-where no matter who wins, each school could benefit from the game. Of course winning is still the priority in sports.

Why, how was the game scheduled so late and timely? Well, according to my ECU contacts, The Pirates thought they had an agreement in principle to play N.C. State on that date, although nothing was in writing-shame, shame. East Carolina wanted to play N.C. State, but soon figured out that the unwritten agreement was not to be honored. What bothered ECU was that when it was obvious that N.C. State had other plans, the boys in Raleigh tried to sell that The Pirates did not want any parts on N.C. State. Even though based on the outcome of this year’s game-ECU lost-The Pirates most definitely wanted to continue to play State as planned-not signed, sealed or delivered as it should have been.

Back to the now scheduled game-numerous story lines: East vs. West-N.C. bragging rights-recruiting implications-super road trip for The App fans-big fan bases in our area for both schools. I know there are more, but those are just a few starters.

*****from Jim Modlin GREENSBOROSports.com*****


  • Lee said,

    Jim, you may want to do some checking on your story. WRAL out of Raleigh published a letter from EZU AD Terry Holland to Dave Hornung NCSU Asst. AD asking to get out of the tentatively scheduled game. Holland claimed NCSU wanted out until the letter was prpoduced and aired on WRAL and re=printed in the News and Observer in Raleigh.

  • Big Jim said,

    What I was TOLD by similar people involved is what I reported. If your end is true and I have no reason to doubt it, we got the truth out. That is a good thing. Thanks for the info!

  • Lee said,

    I know. We heard that story a few weeks ago, in fact the week after the game. Then after some rufffled feathers the rest of the story came out through WRAL in Raleigh. NCSU will play ezu 3 times over the next 6 years.