Big 12 no longer considering East Carolina for expansion

East Carolina is out of the Big 12's expansion derby.

School officials said Wednesday they have been told by the league that it's no longer considering the Pirates for membership. School spokesman Tom McClellan says Commissioner Bob Bowlsby notified Chancellor Cecil Staton of the league's decision Tuesday by phone.

Athletic director Jeff Compher says it's ''obviously not the decision we were hoping for,'' but expressed satisfaction that ''we were able to tell our story to not only the Big 12, but the entire nation.''

East Carolina is beginning its third season in the American Athletic Conference after winning two Conference USA championships in football in the 2000s.