In the SoCon, App State benefited from having most of their conference opponents within driving distance. Elon, Wofford, Furman within two hours, Western a little longer, UTC in four, El Citadel was six, but you got Charleston with that drive. The closest of those was Elon, who was 100 miles away (Davidson was 90 in shooty hoops), which made for a decent day trip to get home before being too late.
Now in the Sun Belt, most of those road maps are thrown away. The only ones needed are the ones to Statesboro, the Charlotte airport and to a new destination, now the closest of App State’s More >
After another extremely long second bye week, Appalachian Football will start its season for the third time this Saturday. In all seriousness, the double bye is odd. Had this bye come after a loss we would likely have all wished the season be over. But this bye came after Appalachian’s first FBS win as an FBS program. Finally, we have most of the “firsts” out of the way. The only one left to accomplish is the first home win over an FBS program. Enter Georgia State, the startup program who might still be searching for their first quality win in program history. An overtime win over South More >
As the anticipation for the first Boone snow builds and builds (as does the accumulation forecast), the Olympic sports teams are all over the place, fighting the evil forces of the Sun Belt in effort to restore justice to the universe. However in long campaigns you have setbacks and this past weekend had many of them. Going forward new challenges for ultimate victory will present themselves.
Now that’s I’ve completely overstated the real-life importance of winning sports games, let’s take a look at what happened in the App world o’er the last week.
Volleyball hit the road to More >
First off, Black Saturday kickoff versus UL-Monroe is set for 3:30 pm EST. So the whole 12-day rule that others Sun Belt teams don’t have to follow is becoming more and more useless.
Also, PREPARE FOR SNOW! All the major websites, including Ray’s Weather, is calling for snow showers early Saturday. With the highs barely touching 40 and the lows in the 20’s, it’s going to be something, especially against a team who plays their home games in a dome and passes the ball. Prepare those heaters and bring some hard liquor.
As far as last week’s Sun Belt action went in warmer climates,
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On May 11, 2005, Charlie Cobb was named the Athletics Director at Appalachian State. For just over the next nine years, he guided App State through a period of unprecedented growth , lead by the success of the football program. The high tide rose all ships and along with Chancellor Ken Peacock, it was a win-win for the school. Football season tickets went up nearly 300%, Yosef Club donations went from 700k to over $3 million and numerous facilities were built or upgraded.
On August 14, 2014, the Cobb Era ended when Charlie took his talents to Atlanta and became the AD at Georgia State, who More >
As Fall Break sent most of the App State students off the mountain for some home cooking, the App State Fall Sports programs remained as they took on different challenges in the changing landscape of Boone. As summer green turns to fall gold and red, the seasons of several programs heated up as the temperatures fell. And in some sports that aren’t in season, some news was thrown our way to plan for when the dead trees spring back to life again.
Now that I’ve claimed by Blogger Pulitzer, time to recap what in the wide, wide world of sports is a-going on.
Volleyball returned to the More >
After the rock bottom of the previous weekend, a win was not expected and a good showing would have been tolerated. What happened was a tsunami of happiness and joy, mixed with shock, but in a good way. The 53-14 road win over Troy was not just a shot in the arm, but an entire transformation of a losing culture into dominant culture.
This was the happiest surprise App fans have had in a long time. Georgia Southern last year was nice, but by that point last season it was too late for many good feelings. Statistically, this was the biggest App win since Halloween 2008. Since Troy was More >
T-Note: Yes this is a day late. Happens when you work in a college town and said college is on Fall Break, thus all other real world job employees are gone.
Last week we enters into the world of the hyper-actively offended. Not only did Liberty claim a momentous victory on the gridiron, they claimed the award for taking blogs way too seriously. It wasn’t surprising, but still entertaining to see the somewhat-absurd stereotype fulfilled. And no this blog isn’t spell-checked. Ain’t got no time for that!
This week won’t see sensibilities pushed as much. Unless there’s a large contingent of folks More >
That feeling probably has yet to wear off from the last time. The feeling of another game ending on the game’s final play. Luckily this time it was not a kick that was the final play, but that could have been. Bentlee Critcher’s field goal attempt was just wide enough to cause speculation and an instant replay booth review. Overtime was not friendly for the Mountaineers. Liberty scored easily like they had all afternoon long. The Mountaineers ran for a big gain on their first play and then decided the test the middle of the field at an intermediate distance for the first time all game. More >
Volleyball made their longest road trip of the season as they departed for Texas for a double-dip of Sun Belt-age. Friday night had the team in San Marcos to face Texas State. In a tough match between two of the Sun Belt’s top teams, the Bobcats managed to squeak ahead each set and take the 25-21, 25-23, 25-22 win. Emily Corrigan had 12 kills, Paige Brown had only 23 assists and Kati Stammen got 12 digs.
After stopping by Jerry World to ooh and aww, the team took on UT-Arlington Sunday afternoon. It was a familiar script as the Apps came close, but couldn’t close out a set as the Mavs took More >