After formally being notified by Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby that East Carolina University was no longer considered an expansion candidate, ECU Chancellor Dr. Cecil Staton and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher issued the following statements:
CHANCELLOR DR. CECIL STATON
"I am proud of the support Pirate Nation provided to our efforts. While I am disappointed by the decision, I remain undaunted in my commitment to ECU athletics and the excellence displayed by our wonderful student-athletes, coaches and staff."
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS JEFF COMPHER
"While it is obviously not the decision we were hoping for, I am confident ECU put forth its best effort during this process. Through a determined approach we were able to tell our story to not only the Big 12, but the entire nation. Our student-athletes, coaches and staff will continue to proudly compete for championships in the American Athletic Conference and we will represent our alumni and community with great resolve. We remain Undaunted!"