Still getting feedback about the recent Card Game fan poll in which we asked which team fans would like to be added to Big East Conference football. What was really surprising is that East Carolina dominated the voting. Their fans arrived in droves, apparently eager to ensure their collective voice was heard on anÃ‚Â issue which is important to them.
East Carolina may not have the name or a grandiose tradition, but the Pirates have an intensely loyal fan base.
A total of 1,326 people participated in the poll, East Carolina dominating with 63.1% of the vote. Central Florida was second at 20.9%, Memphis was third at 12.7%, and Villanova picked up only 3.2% of the votes cast. Since they participated in such numbers, we give a commenter named Chris the soapbox, with a little editing, as to why East Carolina should be the Big East choice:
Chris, on East Carolina:
East Carolina – Being located in a relatively weak market area, East Carolina doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t exactly have cash cow potential. On the other hand, they are very close to the Raleigh market and I see quite a bit of exposure all the way up the east coast to DC. If their fans are as spread out as I think they are, then they add fierce BE competition to the NC region while eventually catapulting their market to right size. The history is outstanding here as well. They have a great bowl history with a win in the peach bowl, and 11 or 12 wins overall. They also have played BCS-level competition for years , and have won against them. They hurt for a period due to a poor coach and AD situation, yet look to have bounced back even stronger. There are many more reasons why IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to add ECU to our conference, but those spell it out clearly. Good luck Pirates, I hope your future is bright.
Central Florida – Florida is a hot bed for recruits, yet already has the Big East presence needed for the market to be sold on the conference. USF is our new darling, and need not compete when we can expand to another state. UCF is a puppy in the D1 game, and needs years to push their program to where it can show consistency and history. They havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t ever won a bowl game, and need to beat more BCS teams on a regular basis to prove eligible to enter a BCS conference.
Memphis – While having a stellar basketball program that can compete with the best, Memphis is lacking a BCS argument with its football team. The market is solid, and presents a great argument for a revenue dynamo in the conference. The big downside is the history behind the program. Having gone 3-2 in bowl games in its history against lackluster teams, Memphis is lacking a football team who knows how to compete. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s obvious they have no consistency and pay much more attention to basketball than football.