Today brought the inevitable news that Jason Capel will not be retained as App State head coach. A 53-70 record (43-70 vs D1 teams) over four years wasn’t good enough, especially with a 9-21 record this past year, which was only 5-21 versus D1 teams.
In his press conference, AD Charlie Cobb mentioned that the new coach will need head coaching experience. Yes that rules out Matt McMahon. It’s rough, but at this point App State isn’t a job for beginners. Four years ago it was a different story. It might be again in the future. But for now, we’re looking exclusively at people with head coaching More >
Going into the 2014 SoCon Tournament in Asheville, the App State Mountaineers sit 9-20 overall), having finished with 5-11 record in conference play. The wins came against Citadel twice, Samford twice, Georgia Southern and four sub-D1 teams. It has been the worst season under Jason Capel by far.
Currently, Jason Capel’s record at Appalachian State in his 4th year is 53-68. For comparison, Houston Fancher in his nine years was 137-136. Peterson in his combined two tenures was 103-52.
Here’s a look at Capel’s year-by-year record.
Home 2010-11: 9-3, 2 sub-D1 wins 2011-12: 9-5, 2 sub-D1 More >
Everything that App has worked so hard to prepare for this season has finally arrived as we sit on the eve of the final SoCon Hunger Games that the Mountaineers will ever participate in. It’s time to kill or be killed.
Gloom and doom references aside, this stretch of games is wildly important for App on many levels. For one, if you lose, the season is over and you limp into a Sun Belt conference that, by all accounts, is more balanced and affectively tougher to win. Also, and I’m not going to name names, but certain jobs are on the line.
App should More >
Football schedule has been released. Yay! Some specialty dates have been announced. Hall of Fame weekend is September 6th versus Campbell. Family Weekend is October 4th in the inaugural Sun Belt home game versus South Alabama, Homecoming is October 11th versus Liberty and Black Saturday is November 8th versus UL-Monroe. Bit of a surprise it not Georgia State, but since Black Saturday usually means the biggest game on the home schedule, 0-12 Georgia State didn’t cut it.
-Indoor Track and Field were at the SoCon Championships this past weekend in Winston-Salem. Both teams finished in second More >
After getting swept by NC State, the good news for App Baseball was that the week ahead figured to be a reprieve after the early schedule toughness. North Carolina wasn’t the the North Carolina despite being ranked of last year and the weekend slate of Youngstown State, Michigan and Notre Dame was nothing special looking at their records so far. So while 0-7 looked rough, there was a light on the horizon.
First up was the short trip to Chapel Hill. However this game was over quickly. Starter Blake Burkett never got an out. He faced five batters, walked four and gave up three earned runs. The More >
Going into the final week of SoCon play, App State men’s basketball had a slight chance at getting to a 7-seed. The difference between a 7-seed and the likely 8 or 9 seed was that the latter scenario meant an 11 am game on Friday, March 7 in Asheville followed by a Noon meeting on Saturday against Davidson. The 7-seed would put the Apps on the other side of the bracket with later games and possible match-ups with Chattanooga or Wofford, which are preferable to Davidson.
To do that, the team headed out as far west as the SoCon goes to Birmingham to play Samford. the Bulldogs were in the same More >
As anticipated, App State released their 2014 football schedule on Saturday. It is App’s first FBS schedule and first Sun Belt schedule. It’s also a schedule full of mystery. Most of these teams are foreign to App fans. Going into the shark-infested waters of FBS brings with it uncertainty. Who knows how the team will do.
Well in a possibly-insane move, we’re going to look at this schedule and predict every game. This will be the first of it’s kind before all the magazines and other internet bloggers do the same.
Game 1 – Saturday, August 31st vs Michigan Wolverines – Michigan Stadium, Ann More >
Last night the App State men’s basketball team was able to pull off a 63-57 victory at Samford, giving themselves a fighting chance with some help at improving their seeding for the SoCon Tournament.
One of the negatives coming out of last night was that Jay Canty and Mike Neal were both suspended for “a violation of team rules”. Canty was suspended for the first two months of this season due to academics and last season, the same was true for Neal. Canty has also had legal problems this year with an assault charge from the same time which has since been resolved in the courts. At this point, More >
-Football Spring Practice begins this Friday. Yay! Out of the expected 102 expected players on the roster this fall, only 39 have played a down for App State in the past. It’s going to be interesting to see how the redshirts and early arrivals fair against the returning players.
-The 2014 Football Schedule is announced on Saturday. More yay!
The info regarding the conference dates is unknown as it’s a royal secret. What is known is that Sun Belt Commish Karl Benson would like every team if possible to play at least one ESPN Family of Networks game. With the Sun Belt, that means a weeknight More >
Both men’s games had a common theme this weekend. Get behind early, play from behind, have good moments but ultimately never get back into it. And even worse, both were against purple teams.
Western on Thursday figured to be a competitive game, especially after the overtime contest in Cullowhee earlier in the month. However when the Apps went the first seven minutes without scoring, it looked like another game a catch-up as it was already 9-2. The Mountaineers would get within as close as five, but the Cats would them slam the door and got to leads as big as 12. At halftime it was 33-25, More >