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Over-Reactionary, Way-Too-Early 2015 Football Predictions

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On Friday, App State found out their 2015 football schedule. It’s one of the more exciting home slates in recent memory, although it’s not perfect. This is the season Scott Satterfield has been waiting for since he was hired. App State is bowl eligible, brings back 20 of 22 starters and has the other top teams in the Sun Belt coming to Boone.

So while the admins, including new AD Doug Gillin, decide which game will be Family Weekend and hopefully release home game times sooner rather than later, here’s the first crack and predicting events that’ll happen months from now.

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Thoughts on Doug Gillin, App State’s New AD

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Note: The blog was down Thursday through Saturday, so I was unable to even log in during that time. Now I’ll be playing catch-up.

After a six-month search in which a 19-person committee, some of whom would be helping to hire their new boss, hired a search firm to do their work, Appalachian State found its new Director of Athletics in Missouri Deputy AD Doug Gillin.

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The press conference on Friday was the first glimpse into what the future of App State could be. The first impression was that Gillin is someone who works in balance. He understands the need to spend money, but also More >

No More Road Tripping – Hoops Finish The Inaugural Sun Belt Tour

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Three weeks left in the season. What came so fast is now almost gone. It’s almost March, and the peak of excitement for some is approaching. For the App State basketball teams, there are different feelings. The men know for sure their season is ending March 7th. The women are fighting to make it past that date to the Sun Belt Tournament.

The last road trip this year began with a flight to Dallas and a short bus ride to Arlington. Unlike their female counterparts, the men didn’t get to go see Jerry World, as they got in later. It was all about the game and trying to break this two-game losing More >

Good Grief Golden Griffs – This Week In Baseball

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Once baseball season started, mother nature decided to wreck everything in the Mid-Atlantic. Baseball teams were sent scrambling to find a playable park and App State was no exception. So seeing the Canisius series was going to be a white-out, the team took drastic action and moved the games 200 miles south to Lexington, South Carolina. And due to the late travel, the Friday game was cancelled and the series shortened to three games.

The neutral-site game in Asheboro versus Campbell scheduled for the Tuesday the 17th was postponed with a date to be determined later. With how the winter storms More >

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Winter Adventures From Arendelle…Er…App State – The Last Two Weeks In Olympic Sports

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Any complaints about the High Country winter not being wintery are officially rescinded. Thursday didn’t see the temps get above three degrees. Yep, three. With the wind, any exposed skin was subject to pain and then numbness. It was one of those days you look at your car thermometer and think what the consequences of staying at home all day would be.

I Took This Picture Thursday Morning.

It was so bad that App cancelled everything from 4 pm Wednesday to 10 am Friday. That includes all of Thursday. There was still snow everywhere and with the wind child dipping into the -40s, it’s probably More >

Let It Go – The Storm Rages On For App Hoops

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As I type, the High Country is being pounded with snow. Thus the App State students will complain and complain and complain. Yes it’s cold, yes it’s going to get really cold, now go to class until you get an e-mail telling you not to go to class. Then do your homework and fall asleep in the library, as is tradition.

App State basketball has something to be thankful for, as they got to go to Monroe, LA last week for a weather reprieve, and they’re going to Texas and Georgia this week. That is, if they can find Chris Burgess in all this snow.

Men’s Basketball looked to build something after a More >

New Season, New Conference, New Swag, Same Collapse – First Week In Baseball

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It wasn’t quite the smell of spring, but baseball season began nonetheless. For the Apps, despite being dinged up entering the season, there was some promise going into their inaugural Sun Belt campaign. A team that is no doubt infuriated by being picked 11th in the 11-team Sun Belt started their season in Raleigh for the second time in the last three years, competing in the NC State Tournament with Davidson, Villanova and the Wolfpack, in that order.

The Friday opener versus former SoCon rival Davidson was an interesting matchup due to the familiarity between the two teams. Jeffrey Springs More >

Photo by Justin Perry

Adding Youth to the Lineup

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Photo by Justin Perry

For the past several games, Coach Jim Fox has rolled the dice on a bit of a youth movement by adding freshman Jake Babic to the starting lineup for the Mountaineers. I found the move to be pretty interesting, not for the move itself, but mainly for the timing. I’ve been on board for starting Babic since before the season, but for whatever reason, it took him 21 games to there.

Coach Fox has been really consistent all season with his lineups. In fact, prior to the Babic addition, he had only changed his starting five once all year, when he swapped Michael Obacha in for More >

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Crack A Bat And Take A Look – App State Baseball Preview

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It’s baseball season! Time for that weird sound of the ball coming off a composite bat and, as has been the case all year, new opponents are on the docket. The season starts on Friday with a new-old game, as the Sun Belt’s App State takes on the Atlantic 10’s Davidson at NC State. Then on Saturday is Villanova, and on Sunday is NC State if they decide to play in the cold.

For the first time in three years, App State wasn’t decimated by the draft. Ty Zupzic and Tyler Moore graduated, but most everyone else is back. The two that everyone will be looking at are Jaylin Davis and Dillon Dobson, More >

This Week Was So Bad In North Carolina That The NCAA Punished Cleveland State – This Week In App Hoops

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It’s been a bad week for college basketball. Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian are both gone. Dean Smith, whatever you feel about Chapel Hill, is one of the most influential figures in college basketball history, let alone the state of North Carolina. Jerry Tarkanian brought high-flying offenses and tough press defense to the college game. Both were different, but both have influenced how the game is played. Rest in power.

Back to App Land and the Sun Belt. In one of the great magical Sun Belt mystery tours, App State made a Thursday stop in Lafayette, then turned around back home for a Saturday More >

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