Of all the AAC teams that have a chance to leave the conference and join the Big 12, the East Carolina Pirates have not been reported as one of the them. However, that doesn’t mean they want the opportunity to state their case.
The team began a social media campaign to state their case for making it into the Big 12 last week and they hope it helps their chances of getting in. Associate athletic director for external operations Shelley Binegar is leading that campaign and she knows that if they don’t ask, they will never get in.
“If we do nothing and we don’t get in, then we have ourselves to blame,” Binegar said Thursday, via the Associated Press. “If we do everything we can and we don’t get in, then we’ll feel like we’ve done everything we could. We’re just not willing to do less. It’s important for our fans, for our student-athletes, coaches, community and state to say, ‘You know what, we’re going to make a push at this.’ To be honest, we’re not going to apologize about it. We think we deserve to be in. So why not be a little bit assertive in showing off our good points?”
In the past, the Pirates have been one of those teams that can buzz around and make life hard for top-tier programs. From 2006-2014, they made a bowl all but one season and won two Conference USA championships, so they certainly have a good resume as well as bringing an east coast pipeline to the conference.
It will certainly be interesting to see if East Carolina can get their names into the ongoing expansion talks.