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If any of you have been reading this blog for the last two years, you know how much I detest the scheduling practices of App State men’s basketball. Last year’s four sub-D1 teams blew a few gaskets.
Now we knew it was going to get better. The Sun Belt had bylaws, but they were changed last year to allow two sub-D1 teams and the 50% non-conference home scheduling rule was relaxed. So there was a chance for the Milligans and North Greenvilles of the world to make their annual pilgrimage to Boone in December in games App fans just pretended didn’t exist.
But then a balding Yankee came in and More >
Last week, Head Coach Scott Satterfield along with student-athlete representatives Kam Bryant and Ronald Blair headed to New Orleans for their first real Sun Belt Media Day at the Superdome. The experience was quite different from the usual Conference Room B at a Spartanburg hotel that the SoCon does. The trio made their way around, talking to the official press gathering and all the radio stations, too many to link here.
Going into the new venture that is the Sun Belt, there is a lot of unknown for App State fans. Georgia Southern is the only known commodity in this brave new world that expands to Texas for most sports and in certain cases, to the West Coast and near Buffalo.
We know about football more than other based on the preseason polls and teams released earlier this week at Sun Belt Media Day. That’ll be covered in the new few days with it’s own personal blog post. So what about the other 17 Sun Belt sports? App State will field a team in all of them so it’s worth the knowledge.
So what can we learn? More >
The new sun has been over Boone for 16 days. While there are no new logos on any fields or courts, at least the old ones are gone. Ideally they’ll be there in the next month. The students come back the weekend of August 14-16 so the town of Boone is bracing for the incoming flood of new freshman and people turning up on a random Tuesday. All the freshman athletes are making a home out of Doughton Hall and hopefully going to class, going to practice and going to class.
And it’s been raining this summer of Boone. In other news, water is wet.
-The big news is that the big More >
Around this time, 17-23 year-olds are converging on Boone to begin their summer workouts., They represent most of App State’s 20 varsity sports and have the goals of leading their team and themselves to championships and glory. Unlike the last 43 summers, this one begins with most of those athletes ready for a new conference as App State begins their journey in the Sun Belt.
What hasn’t changed is what these student-athletes face. In some instances the student-athlete culture can clash head-on with the world around them. Now instead of rumors and whispers, there’s Twitter and Instagram to More >
July 1st was the big day. After 43 years, App State has a new conference home in the Sun Belt. There was a lot of going-ons from early morning to sun down. It started at the Appalachian Athletics Center with the Wake Up Watauga breakfast. Later on had players and coaches meet supporters at different locations and then while American were facing the evil Belgians, there was a get-together at the Jones House on King Street.
It was also the first day in office for the 7th Chancellor in App State’s history, Dr Sheri Noren Everts.
Yosef got some Just For Men, some botox and a spray More >
Three years ago, Appalachian State took part in an event that put a national spotlight on the school. The 2011 Solar Decathlon, organized by the US Department of Energy, put Universities across America and the World against each other to build an energy-efficient house with ten different scopes judged on. Those scopes were Architecture, Market Appeal, Engineering, Communications, Affordability, Comfort Zone, Hot Water, Appliances, Homer Entertainment and Energy Balance. Despite not winning the judges overall vote, the Solar Homestead, App State’s entrant, won the People’s Choice Award. The More >
-Less that two weeks until App State’s first full conference move in 42 years. All SoCon commitments are done and it’s just a waiting game as the clock ticks down. In preparation for the big day, App State will hold several different events on “Sun Belt Day” including the Wake Up Watauga breakfast at the Athletics Center at 8:00 am. Then from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, coaches will personally thank community members for their support, which could be unsettling for local bloggers who blog under message board names.
Then from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, players, coaches and staff will be on the streets More >
The Sun Belt was founded in 1976 with six members including UNC Charlotte and Jacksonville. The league was under the I-AAA classification (i.e. non-football) and had members such as Old Dominion and VCU before a mass exodus in 1991. The league then merged with the American South which had members such as Arkansas State, Southwest Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and others.
The league had their share of defections in the 90′s, then in 2001 the conference started sponsoring football at the FBS level. The start the league, football-only members such as Idaho and New Mexico State were brought into More >
-Softball Coach Shae Wesley was reassigned last week after four years in charge of the program, finishing with a 98-103 overall record. The news is a shock after the team won a SoCon Regular Season title last season. The team did slide in SoCon standings from first to seventh this past season with a 19-32 overall record and wen’t 0-2 in the SoCon Tournament. The new coach will have a tall task ahead with Women’s College World Series participant UL-Lafayette and Sun Belt powerhouse South Alabama both in the Sun Belt, probably the biggest step-up in competition for any App State program.
-The More >