ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard recently spoke with PirateRadio1250 about C-USA expansion and he mentioned App State quite a bit. Here are some of the important tidbits:
“Very early on we did decide that we really needed some eastern teams to make it more equal, for really Marshall and ECU, and to build those regional rivalries and that’s why schools like Charlotte was picked.
Appalachian State got some real consideration, there are other schools in TN, and KY, and Florida and Ohio and other places that got a lot of consideration. And in many respects we’re still gonna go after those schools they still have a lot of attractiveness to have those real close rivalries that we’re trying to get.”
“I’d like to see 18 (teams) ultimately, but at least 16, so we can have, you know, 7 games in conference and maybe 2 crossovers and the rest non-conference games. But 16 or 18 is my goal.
I hope ODU comes, they’d be a great rival for us and Charlotte, just to name 2. They spend 33 million a year on athletics so they’re going to be a substantial competitor down the road 3 or 4 years. And that’s what we’re doing, we’re looking 5 years out, 6 years out, 7 years out.
We know Charlotte isn’t quite ready, isn’t there yet, but when you look at the revenues they have and the students they have, they’ll be ready by 2015 2016 2017, in that time period they’ll come up. Now if, uh other teams going forward, Florida Atlantic is certainly moving forward. Middle Tennessee that deserves a lot of consideration. I still like Appalachian although it’s hard to get to. Western Kentucky deserves consideration. Some old MAC schools are interested, and would actually be good for some of the eastern schools.”
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