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 >
App State is in FBS transition hell. That’s the only way to describe what is going on right now. Not only is the team 1-5 with four straight losses, but the latest one came to FCS Liberty, 55-48, in overtime. The same Liberty who has been knocking on the door of the Sun Belt for a while now, only for no one to answer. Liberty won their Super Bowl at the expense of an App State team that needed this win in the worst-possible way.
And there’s nothing App State fans can do about it.
Before the season, Scott Satterfield said that fans should not measure the team in terms of wins and losses, but More >
T-NOTE: This blog talks about Liberty University and many of it’s aspects. You’ve been warned.
By far, Liberty University is the touchiest subject of Appalachian State’s schedule. It goes beyond starving protected species, terrible AD’s and even Statesboro. This involves religion and faith. Talking about Liberty means talking about those subjects. It’s unavoidable. So let’s dive in.
How Liberty Conquered Central Virginia
The Lynchburg Christian Academy was founded in 1967 in Lynchburg, Virginia by the infamous Dr Jerry Falwell Sr. It was founded as a segreganiost academy after Falwell had More >
The Mountaineers got their Sun Belt reality check on Saturday. The Apps did not have to wait for the traditional heavyweights like Arkansas State, Lafayette or Monroe. The Mountaineers were pounded by a well aged program in only their sixth year of football in South Alabama. Forget the tradition and the atmosphere and weather. South Alabama is perhaps the best team to ever visit Boone. There are plenty of teams that have played at Kidd Brewer that have been fabulous FCS or Division 1-AA programs. Marshall, Georgia Southern and Furman come to mind as programs over the last few decades that More >
First up is a continuation of last week’s breaking news of Angel Elderkin becoming the App State women’s basketball coach. The press conference was held late Wednesday. Coach Angel expressed positivity in running the program, which is probably a huge reason why she was hired.
As far as tactics go, Elderkin wants to run up-tempo on offense. It’ll be interesting to see the App team, which at times struggled to score last season, adapt to this. Also, Elderkin wants more man-to-man defense with traps, a change from the zone which was implemented last season.
Elderkin also wants to challenge Jim More >
This was the day many App fans were looking for. The first FBS opponent in KBS since 1982, Jerry Moore Day, October weather to welcome the Sun Belt and a winnable game.
And then reality smacked everyone in the mouth to the tune of 47-21.
It doesn’t matter that South Alabama’s program is only six years old. What matters is that they have been FBS for two years longer and with a senior-laden team, were able to humble an App State team that thought being at home was good enough.
The other three losses all came with other built-in excuses. Michigan wanted revenge. Southern Miss was the fault of More >