I publicly support all ECU coaches as long as they are on our payroll and did with MO and will with Houston, but too many are missing the point about people buying tickets.
In some respects ECU is not exempt from the declining trends at college games across the nation. It has affected our attendance along with losing, but for ECU any economist or economic development director east of I-95 will tell you, if you listen carefully, that the folks who were the bedrock of ECU attendance have suffered financial loss due to storms over the last half decade to the point where disposable income and quality of life has suffered to the point that money for "fun" is in short supply....plus......the migration out of eastern NC to the piedmont by many individuals born and raised has been epic while the influx of individuals to pick up the jobs in agriculture has been from a population base that has no history with football or eastern NC for that matter.
Yes, losing has not helped, but the loss of other things by our fans has been greatly overlooked by those who blame what they deem as "low hanging fruit". I suspect many here would be flabbergasted at the blue tarps over eastern NC homes if a drone was to fly over them and in many areas the abandoned homes where long time eastern NC residents and at least passive ECU fans use to live.
We have a lot of other things in eastern NC to rebuild before we rebuild our attending base. We just can't let the military continue to broaden their footprint in eastern NC as well as migrant oriented agriculture and regain the stability we once had.
The Elizabeth City area and the Wilmington area east of 95 are the only areas growing besides what goes on in Pitt County itself east of I 85. Many counties here continue to lose population.