A Message To The Pirate Nation
Nov. 16, 2011
To the Pirate Nation:
The expectation for all Pirate athletic teams is that they will find a way to overachieve. The reality that our 2010 and 2011 football teams were predicted to win between four and six games is therefore irrelevant and does not, and should not, change our expectations if we are to achieve long-term success.
However, it is relevant to remember that every single member of the Pirate Nation has been just as responsible as any coach, administrator or player for building what we have at this time. The single most important result of this dedicated team effort has been a game day atmosphere that is the envy of many larger and supposedly more powerful athletic programs.
The Pirate Game Day has been achieved by the simple act of controlling the thing (or things) that each of us has the responsibility and ability to control, and by refusing to allow ourselves to be divided in times of uncertainty. During such times, we need to remember that in this business, as in most competitive environments, "tough times don't last, but tough teams and tough people do!"
If we continue to create that special game day atmosphere, we will succeed in the long term regardless of who wears the jerseys, who sits in the AD chair, who sits in your seat or who leads the team onto the field.
There may be what seem to be good reasons for not attending a 7:00 p.m. game in late November. One great reason to attend, however, is to protect and control the most important facet of ECU's current and future success – our game day atmosphere. If we expect our students to learn to give their best effort regardless of the circumstances, we need to model that behavior for them.
The seniors on this team have been part of establishing a school record for consecutive bowl appearances and have helped to win two Conference USA Championships. These young men will be playing an important game that could allow us to extend the bowl streak to six-straight years. This is a great opportunity to show our appreciation to those seniors and their families.