As App State relaxed in their bye week, the world around them continued to turn. The Sun Belt’s other 10 team entered Week 3 action with most as serious underdogs. Three games versus SEC teams (one at home), two versus ACC clubs, another versus Navy, and contests versus CUSA, the MAC, the Mountain West and an FCS opponent. So most peoplee figured the conference would probably go 3-7/2-8.
Well, it went worse than that. So let’s go down it one pain-staking detail at a time.
-In a first-ever meeting, Georgia Southern bussed up to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech. The Ramblick Wreck dominated the More >
-Volleyball took their 4-0 record on the road this past weekend to Louisville for the Active Ankle Challenge. First up early Friday was Cincinnati of the American Athletic. After splitting the first two very-close sets, the Apps then took over and convincingly won the final two sets to win the match, 25-23, 26-28, 25-17 & 25-18. Emily Corrigan led the team with 27 kills and Paige Brown had 44 assists and 11 digs to lead the team in both categories.
The next match came later Saturday against Tennessee State. This proved to be a rout as the Mountaineers ran away with a 25-16, 25-17 & 25-17 More >
Last season, the App State Football team rarely felt good. The first win, a 31-21 win at Elon, was almost a catastrophic collapse in the fourth quarter against the worst team in the SoCon. The next win, a 38-14 upset of Georgia Southern, came when the team was 1-6. By that time, good feelings were gone. Even subsequent wins at Wofford and in the finale versus Western Carolina were consolation prizes of a massively disappointing season.
This past Saturday, in the season opener versus FCS Campbell, it was time to feel good again.
The 66-0 thrashing of the Camels was what an FBS team More >
According to a press release by App State Athletics, Darcie Vincent resigned as head coach of the women’s basketball program effective immediately.
Vincent was coach of the Apps for six seasons, amassing a 117-75 record. That included two SoCon regular season titles (2011, 2012) three WNIT appearances and a WIT title in 2010.
The news comes at a horrible time for the program, four weeks from preseason practices officially starting.
It also follows a series of rumors regarding not only Vincent, but the entire staff. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Vincent and assistant coaches More >
A week after playing one of the more storied institutions in America, who has more wins than any other college football program not named Notre Dame (and that could change this weekend), App State will play a school that has a grand total of 14 wins in their history. Instead of having 85 scholarships, this opponents will have a grand total of zero. Instead of hailing from scenic Ann Arbor, the opponent comes from Buies Creek, NC. Instead of being the center of attention, it’s far enough from anything to ignore it. Such is life for the Fighting Camels of Campbell College.
Reality, sometimes, is a harsh pill to swallow, especially when served with a side of hope. Last weekend, the Mountaineers held their own in Ann Arbor before a couple of plays went in the favor of the Wolverines and ended any chances of a second upset. The Apps found themselves down 14-0 in the middle of the second quarter when Michigan doinked a field goal off the goal post. On the ensuing series, a miscommunication prior to fourth down play forced the Mountaineers to take a timeout, and gave Michigan time to regroup. Wisely, Appalachian punted after the Mountaineer coaches erupted on the More >
-The first official sporting event of the App State home calendar was Field Hockey. They took on Georgetown o Friday afternoon at the brand new App State Field Hockey Stadium at State Farm. The contest was a back and forth affair with the Apps scoring first, then the Hoyas going up 2-1, then the Mountaineers going up 3-2 and Georgetown 4-3 with just over 10 minutes left. The Apps then came back and scored twice in 1:08, the latter coming with just over a minute left, to take a 5-4 win. Jordyn Warren, Taylor Cimbalist (2) Micaela Diedricks and Savanna Sheridan were the App goal scorers.
Just over halfway through the second quarter, Appalachian State got the ball back from Michigan. Down 14-0, the game was still a game. The Wolverines had just doinked a field goal off the uprights. A steady drive and points would be the boost the team needed. A three-yard run, an incomplete pass and then a six-yard completion then put the team at 4th and 1 on their own 40. After a hard-count didn’t work, a timeout later, the punt sailed gave the ball back to Michigan.
The very next play, Derrick Green rumbled for 59 yards. Next play had a facemask on the defense. The next was a beautiful More >
Seven years ago, the Michigan Wolverines were one of the great football empires. The winning-est college football team of all time. A loyal crowd of 100,000 to watch every home game. The previous year was one score away from playing for a National Championship in a de-fact semi-final game at Ohio State. Stars dotted the lineup like Chad Henne, Mario Manningham, Jake Long and Mike Hart. Dreams of championships and glory filled the dreams of the Maize and Blue.
Today’s Michigan is just another over-rated Big Ten team.
And most of it is not the fault of Appalachian State. But it makes for a More >
The long wait is finally over. In a mere three days, Appalachian Football will finally play its first game as an FBS program against the exact same opponent that catapulted them to the upper echelon of college football. Likely, they are plenty of moments that contributed to this moment in time, but that football game seven years ago took support to another level and opened the door to the present day. On the new and improved Sun Belt schedule there are a plenty of teams that Appalachian will be playing for the first time and a couple familiar faces from years past. Georgia Southern and More >