A Message To The Pirate Nation
Sept. 13, 2011
A big THANK YOU to the members of the Pirate Nation who came to Dowdy-Ficklen early and made Saturday's game day atmosphere the best of all time! You earned the respect of everyone, including the Virginia Tech fans, the media and the recruits and parents who were in attendance as guests of all 19 ECU sports teams. We were also on the receiving end of compliments from many wearing orange and maroon who were impressed with the sportsmanship displayed and warm hospitality extended by all of you.
While no good Pirate likes to lose to any team, the rivalry with Virginia Tech is a special one that allows us to measure how far we have come as well as how far we have to go to become a consistent winner at the BCS Bowl level. Over the last 20 years, Virginia Tech has traveled the exact road we wish to follow.
When Virginia Tech was invited to join the Big East in 1991, their teams were 22-32 in five years under Frank Beamer with no bowl appearances in those five seasons. Given the opportunity to play a Big East Conference schedule, Virginia Tech suffered one more losing season prior to appearing in a bowl game every year since the 1993 season - 18 consecutive bowl games with five (5) BCS Bowl appearances.
Saturday's hard-fought contest that literally came down to the final minute of the game is an indication of how well this coaching staff has closed the talent and depth "gap" of last season with both excellent recruiting and a renewed emphasis on conditioning.
Our Pirates have opened the season against two teams who are very likely to be in BCS Bowl games and who are legitimate national championship contenders if they can stay healthy.
After taking this Saturday off, the Family Weekend Conference USA game against UAB becomes even more important so I would encourage everyone to do their part in creating another great game day atmosphere by arriving early and being extremely loud. This is a very young team playing their collective hearts out for you, the Pirate Nation. You are a far more important member of the team effort than anywhere else in college football.
In our quest to move up college football's ladder of success, every game counts so we need you to be loud, proud and purple.