Big East watch a waiting
game for Lebo, too
Jeff Lebo addresses
the press on ECU's
annual Media Day.
(Photo: Al Myatt)
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East Carolina basketball
coach Jeff Lebo is like much of the Pirate Nation at the moment. He'd
like to know what's going to happen with the Pirates' bid to join the
Big East Conference.
His immediate attention is
on the official start of practice on Friday and following up
successfully on ECU's first winning season in 14 years.
"I don't really worry about
it," he said at Wednesday's media day gathering. [Replay
Lebo's media day comments...] "I don't focus on it. I
know as much as what I read in the newspapers. I know we're very happy
in Conference USA."
But how does he really feel
about the situation?
"I just wish it would end
and we would know where we were going to go," Lebo said. "I think the
hardest part for us as coaches and the university and for all the sports
and probably for about 30 or 40 institutions right now of not knowing.
That's the worst part. I wish we knew what was going to happen.
"The way it's gone down
right now with one going here and three months something else happens,
maybe next year something else happens — just sends the wrong message.
It's really frustrating to try to figure out the landscape when you
don't know what it's going to be like from a day to day basis."
The Big East would mean some
shorter travel for the Pirates.
"The schools are a lot
closer than going to a lot of the places that we go," Lebo said. "Big
East basketball has got some programs in it that have got tremendous
tradition — Final Fours, national champions. From a travel standpoint,
it would fit us much better. That's not for me to figure out. (Athletic
director) Terry (Holland) has kept all the coaches up to date as much as
he can on what's happening. We've just have to wait and see at this
10/13/11 04:53 AM.
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