In February, the weather on the East Coast didn’t cooperate too well, so teams went scrambling down south for games. App played neutral-site series in Lexington, SC and Emerson, GA because of this. Then in mid-March, the weather started to get better. There were nights of playing in windy, cold drizzle, but games were played. This past week, Mother Nature made it known that spring was in Boone with torrential rains from Monday onward, with brief exceptions on Friday and Saturday. And thus those were the only two days App played during the week.
Any dope with a forecasting map could see from More >
For many Americans, the burden of tax season is over. Only the IRS will have to deal with the deluge of work for the next few months. Very much like how new AD Doug Gillin will have to deal with work in the next few months. Having to make a budget for next year, wooing the deep pockets and trying to make as many people happy as possible with limited purse strings is going to be a tough challenge.
For now, Gillin (whose contract you can read here) and others are going all over the area with the Yosef Club Tour. Head coaches Elderkin, Fox and Satterfield have been on the tour for the last More >
There seems to be a resignation that the season is lost. The team has gone from losing close games to just losing badly. Three of the four games last week were blowout losses. Errors are piling up at an alarming rate: There have been 22 in the last 9 games, and that includes no errors in the single wins over Troy and South Alabama. The team was decent at fielding through the season, but the last two weeks have had it all go downhill. Twelve errors in the three losses this past week won’t help the team make the Sun Belt Tournament.
This past week was a good chance to get some momentum going More >
Somewhat unexpectedly, the Sun Belt released 95.45% of the conference basketball schedule for 2015-16. No volleyball, men’s or women’s soccer, but we got most of the basketball schedule. 210 of the 220 games are known. What about the other 10? Well, those involved the rivalry games with each school’s designated travel partner. Not hard to figure out, take the 10 Sun Belt schools not named App State and find what other league member is in-state.
So in this 11-member league, App State doesn’t have a natural travel partner. Thus, the Sun Belt paired App State with Bye.
“Hey this seems unfair, More >
After the horrible, no good, very bad week of doom, the App State baseball team had another five-game slate last week. It figured to be a better week, with four of the games at home and the two midweek games against teams that App figured to beat. And in the end, it turned out halfway decent with a winning record. But the loss of another Sun Belt series put the Apps further away from a Sun Belt Tournament bid, which at this point has to be the main goal.
Before the game on Tuesday, word came out that Jaylin Davis had season-ending shoulder surgery. There was hope he could recover, but in the More >
Despite the season ending for App State, the world keeps on turning in the basketball universe, as coaches and players move around, tons of tournament action happens and people endure a bout of March Madness.
As reported and confirmed, forwards Rantavious Gilbert and Milos Kostic will transfer out. Gilbert is not surprising, as he was a Capel recruit and didn’t fit into the Fox system. However Kostic is a surprise, since he was one of Fox’s first recruits. At least it’ll help Fox with the scholarship situation, as he was looking to bring in two more recruits anyway.
So far, there are More >
We’re in the heart of the spring season. Golf and tennis are a couple weeks from the Sun Belt Championships, which all happen at the same time in Florida (men’s golf), Alabama (women’s golf) and New Orleans (tennis). Softball is in the middle of their conference schedule and it’s a rocky road playing in a conference with multiple top 25 teams. Track and field is just starting their outdoor season and the weather is getting warmer… sometimes. It did snow on Friday night, reminding everyone that weather can be weird. Hopefully things will start growing soon and transform Boone from Hoth to More >
The University of Michigan is set announce that incoming App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin will be the Wolverines’ Director of Athletics, per several sources.
The Donald R Shepard Director of Athletics (the official title of the position) has been an interim position since the resignation of Dave Brandon back in October. Deputy AD Jim Hackett has filled the interim role ever since while the search for a permanent replacement has taken place.
Gillin was set to begin duties as full-time App State AD on Monday, April 6th after being hired to the post a month ago.
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By far, this past week was the cruelest, most heart-ripping week in recent history of not just App State baseball, but App State sports. There have been weeks where App baseball has lost five games. But to lose four games in five days that should have been wins takes it to the next level.
The team is competitive and has the talent. But they can’t win when it matters. That’s 100% on coaching.
After the Wake Forest game, Billy Jones said the players need to look at themselves in the mirror and decide if this is what they want to do. He talked about how the players didn’t make plays. He took 0% More >
This year, the future of App State basketball looked great. A fiery, energetic head coach; a team that, despite its shortcomings, fought hard; and the new conference smell.
Despite the positives and the hopes for more positives going forward, the environment at the Holmes Center as a college basketball venue is the lowest it’s ever been.
Is it the fault of these new-age millennials? Is it that the Holmes Center is on the edge of campus? Is it due to the lack of video boards? The winter weather? No. While a video board would be nice and more pleasant weather would be okey-dokey, it comes down More >