This week had the Diamond Apps all across America in competition. The Softball Apps followed up their first-ever regular-season title by heading down to UNCG for the SoCon Tournament. The Baseball Apps had the week off before going cross-country for what turned out to be a very interesting three-game series with West Coast Conference Champion Gonzaga.
A West Side Story – Apps Tangle With the Zags
With no mid-week games due to final exams, the Apps faced an interesting task of going into a series without having a game in exactly one week. A 3:30 am wakeup call on Friday morning was followed by More >
Out of the 20 programs currently under varsity status at App State, the softball program is by far the youngest. Established in 2001, the program spent the first six seasons across town at the Watauga County Rec Fields with temp fences on baseball-sized fields. And for all six of those seasons, the Apps remained a losing program. It was a program that had its competitive disadvantages from the get-go. Playing in a tropical highland with more wind, rain, snow and ice than any softball player would normally like to deal with doesn’t help, especially with several schools within proximity to a More >
Two Draftees, Three Free Agents And A Try Out – App State’s 2013 NFL Draft
The circus that is the NFL Draft went from Thursday to Saturday will fanfare, ballyhoo and a pinch of shenanigans. Network-christened experts and paid scouts had spent many hours feverishly crunching stats, film and their idea of character in an effort to see if 20-23 year-old player A is better than 20-23 year-old player B. So on these dates, everyone just sits around and whines about how someone else is stupid because this player ran a 4.34 40-yard dash and the other guy ran a 4.32 while fans sit on the edge of their More >
For App State fans, the last six months have been one shock after another. The removal of Jerry Moore as football coach, the move to FBS and the Sun Belt in 2014 and now, the resignation of Chancellor Peacock upon the appointment of his successor (which realistically should be next summer, but nothing is set in stone). The release from the Office of the Chancellor seem to come out of nowhere last Thursday afternoon. A gut punch to the many students, alum and fans he has left an impression on for the last nine years. The silver lining is that Dr Peacock will see the transition through, not More >
The biggest practice ever took place this past weekend at Ardrey Kell High School in suburban Charlotte. For the between 200-2,000 fans who were there, it was a look into how the Attack Era would look. For the more well-versed football fans, the practice lent some hints at the offensive future as the team lined up primarily in the Pistol Formation.
A Great Week With A Sour Ending
After ending the previous weekend agains Wofford on a great note, the Apps looked to build on that going into the huge weekend series against Georgia Southern. First up was a midweek game at Eastern Kentucky. The Black and Gold started off the game strong as usual with a run off a Jaylin Davis RBI. Then in the second the Apps seemingly busted open for three more. A Brandon Burris groundout scored the first run, a Gabe Dimock single scored another and then a Dillon Dobson double scored the last to make it 4-0. The Colonels didn’t go away though with two runs of More >
YC: A lot of comparisons are being made between the way Appalachian State and Georgia Southern announced the move up to the SunBelt. Why did Appalachian choose to have the announcement closed to the public, forcing everyone to use GoASU TV to watch the announcement?
DJ: We mentioned at the beginning of the press conference that we did not have any options for a large public venue on that date. Farthing Auditorium is off line while undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, the Holmes Center was in use for the Harland E. Boyles lecture series, which is one of the main campus events of More >
T-Note: For those of you awaiting follow-up on the gold field announcement yesterday….er….you might want to find out what Monday’s date was.
The Press Conference Of Our Generation – Sunny Day
This Super-Duper Press Conference that was closed to the public because of poor planning was held on Wednesday. All the usual dignitaries plus Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson were there. David Jackson began the live internet feed that no one could see and sent it over to Mike Flyyn, who then threw it to Charlie Cobb, the much-maligned athletics director who saw this process through.
Cobb spoke at More >
Appalachian State University is set to announce this Tuesday that after two seasons, the turf at Kidd Brewer Stadium will be changing once again. In what will be a new hot-button issue among fans, the Athletic Department will be changing from a traditional green field to a gold one. The end zones are going to return to being black with the block letters APPALACHIAN and MOUNTAINEERS visible. The sidelines will also be black.
“This was part of the ‘heavy lifting’ I mentioned last week,” said Athletics Director Charlie Cobb. “I fully expect fans young and old to gravitate towards this new More >
Trivia Thursday is when we ask a question about Appalachian State history and see who some of the most faithful Mountaineers are (or at least those with great memories). The only prize is pride if you know the answer and we’ll be working off the honor system. Anyone can google the answer with enough time and let’s be frank – no one likes the guy that ruins the fun by doing that every week. We’ll post the answer to the prior week with a new question each Thursday and we’ll try to keep the trivia questions related to the season.
Last week, we asked:
Excluding last season, when was the last More >