App State News and Notes – April 18th Edition


-Actual real-life realignment news! James Madison has said “no” to the Sun Belt. First, it was message-board rumblings about the recent JMU Board of Visitors meetings, then Our Lord God and Savior Karl Benson made a public statement saying JMU has apparently said no. This has sent JMU into damage-control mode, saying there has been no invitation. JMU president sent out an e-mail talking about how a potential new conference must fit all sorts of criteria.

You don’t get an invitation to join a league until the press conference is scheduled. And besides that, you deny, deny and deny due to the More >

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Subtraction By Subtraction


Photo by Tyler Buckwell, appstatesports

Attrition is a natural part of college athletics. Kids choose a school, play for a year or two, then leave for one reason or another. Maybe the athlete graduates, goes pro, transfers to another school or maybe they are dismissed from the team from the team for a completely different reason all together.

Whatever the reason, regardless of sport, attrition can really set a college program back. Having the experience of working in an industry that experience attrition on a weekly, sometimes daily basis, I understand, more than others, the consequences that More >

This Week In Baseball – Turn This Ship Around


After having a successful weekend, the App baseball team had a chance to get their SoCon record into the top tier with a home series against The Citadel. After the disaster to start the season, things were looking up. The pitching was good and timely hitting was coming along.

First up was a Tuesday contest against High Point. It’s the only meeting this year between the Apps and the Panthers after the away contest was washed/iced out. With the news of Jim Fox becoming the new basketball coach coming out right before the game, there was much excitement in the air. The Apps capitalized on it and More >

App State News and Notes – Post-Fox Edition


-First off, more about Jim Fox cause we can’t get enough of the guy. He’s been making the rounds the last two days, speaking at Yosef Club events in Charlotte and Hickory, being on the radio and interviewing potential assistant coaches. One is already all-but hired and will become public once human resources gets it done, the other two are likely either selected or going to be by Sunday. One candidate is rumored to be a former App State player, but besides that it’s a mystery. Ahmad Smith seems the likely candidate, but it could be a dozen different former players. Hopefully that $200,000 per More >


Into The Foxhole – The Challenges For App’s New Hoops Coach


Jim Fox knows what he’s getting into. That’s not to say he’s jumping into a raging inferno, but he needs to bring an extinguisher. The excitement is really needed, but the real work is just starting.

For $200,000 a year (and an extra $10,000 each year after for five years), App State is getting a bargain for a coach who has sat under the McKillop learning tree for years.

Just to clarify, none of this is news to Jim Fox. He knows what’s the deal. And if his press conference is any measure, he’s jumping in head first.

-First of all the lack of fan support. Ticket deals can only help so much. More >

Jim Fox Named App State’s 16th Men’s Basketball Coach


After a long weekend of negotiations and Board of Trustees approval just under half an hour ago, Davidson associate head coach Jim Fox has been named the 16th head coach in App State men’s basketball history.

The most complete bio of Fox comes from Davidson. Fox spent 14 years on Bob McKillops bench, the last two as associate head coach. While his age is currently unknown, Fox graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo College in 1995 and is a native of Levittown, N.Y.

Fox spend his first five years post-graduation at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, N.Y. as associate More >


This Week In Baseball – The Gambit Of Emotions


This past week was coming off a big two-game sweep over UNCG in Boone. There seemed to be a light at the end of the tunnel, something to play for and hope to be had. And thus was the mood going into a five-game week that could be a turning point of the season. You had a Tuesday-night game against the #1 team in America, a Wednesday home game against a border rival and a three-game SoCon series on the road. Three different opponents on three different stages.

Tuesday’s game was the last big chance for a non-conference win against #1 South Carolina in Columbia. With his Sunday start washed out, More >


Spring Game Thoughts – Points, Youth and Chrome


Last Friday night, App State football had their sort-of first FBS moment with the 2014 Spring Game. Using a Fantasy Football method of scoring, the Offense beat the Defense 75-74 in a mild upset. Unlike last year’s spring game which was a 12-9 field-goal fest, this game had lots of fireworks.

But before that, the 2014 alternate uniforms have been leaked. Ooh and Awe at the new swag Nike has bestowed upon App State.

Gold. Chrome. Facemasks. Brother.

Enough about fashion. That can be debated later when it’s officially released and given an explanation. At least it’s better than they lighter More >

App State News and Notes – Spring Game Edition


-FOOTBALL!FOOTBALLFOOTBALL! App fans get a dose of football to alleviate most of their withdraw symptoms on Friday the 4th. Game kicks off at 7 pm.  The game will be between 100-120 plays so you’ll get to see all sorts of new players in action, both true and redshirt freshman. It looks like Kam Bryant is trying to be a leader and solidify his starting QB spot, but JP Caruso and Taylor Lamb have been rumored to impress as well during spring practice.

Word so far during practice is that the defense has been dominant, but that’s often the case in spring ball. Several positions are still up for More >

No Bullpen Needed – Baseball Sweeps Weather-Shortened Series


In a week that saw perhaps the last gasp of winter shred its way through the schedule, App baseball had to wait and wait before it was able to get in two games on the weekend.

The weekdays games were supposed to be at High Point on Tuesday and at home versus ETSU on Wednesday. Neither one happened due to the winter weather. The High Point game won’t be made up and the ETSU game will take place this Wednesday the 2nd at 6:00 pm.

Friday provided clear skies for the first home SoCon game against UNCG. Action started hot and heavy in the first inning as UNCG loaded the bases, but a inning-ending More >

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