Big House fun with photoshop

Just made for a bulletin board.

And yes, it’s a ‘shop.

We’re No. 1 ……… 26?

guessRankings – “App State vaulted into the national spotlight after a 34-32 road upset of Michigan in 2007. Following the win, the Mountaineers were featured on the cover of SI. The school based in Boone, N.C., has won four [sic] FCS national titles. Injuries were a big challenge last year and overall depth could be an issue in the transition to the FBS level.” Four huh? Some “insider.” /shrug. App “ranked” above FIU, Georgia State.

NFL Network gets its App State on

Last night the network dedicated to professional football showed some love to App State. It’s Path to the Draft Show featured Daniel Jeremiah, a former Mountaineer quarterback turned evaluator of NFL talent. And at one point he hit the scene, in style.

Earlier, the NFL Network twitter feed threw out this question.

It generated a lot of twuzz on the tweeters.

JMU to Sun Belt: Thanks but no thanks

Mmmmmmm ... looks sugarliciousPicky – “It appears they made a decision to stay FCS,” Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson. (JMU president said) “JMU will not pursue or accept an invitation from a conference that does not meet our criteria. If we do receive an offer consistent with our established values, we are prepared to review it.” Eyes now turn to … Liberty?

Sun Belt signs on to another new bowl

Fund raiser bowlTickled pink – “The American Athletic and Sun Belt will participate in a new bowl game in Orlando, Fla., in 2015. The addition of the game – it will be called the Cure Bowl and benefit breast cancer-related charities – will increase the number of bowls in 2015 to a record 40.” Sun Belt already part of Camellia Bowl, GoDaddy Bowl and New Orleans Bowl.

Meet Coach Fox

We're kinda excitedIntroductory press conference today at 9:30. Here are a few contract details.

Fox’s contract is for five years, with a base salary starting at $200,000 for the 2014-15 contract year and increasing $10,000 each year.

He can earn supplemental bonuses for achieving goals for academicprogress rate and team grade-point average, conference titles, NCAA tournament berths and advancement, NIT berths and conference coach of the year awards.

The contract includes a salary pool of $200,000 for three assistant-coaching positions and funding for a director of basketball operations at $50,000 a year.

We’re curious of his recruiting style. Davidson is a private school, so obviously the recruiting targets would differ from that of a public university. The D-Cats have traditionally sported names from overseas (current roster has players from Scotland, Greece and Sweden) and some from up north (Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois).

That appears to be the roadmap Fox best knows. How will it translate to App State? From his web bio

Fox’s basketball background coupled with old-fashioned hard work has helped him cultivate recruiting contacts from all over the country. He is superb at recognizing talent while at the same time targeting players that can do the rigorous schoolwork required of Davidson student-athletes. McKillop has given him opportunities to participate in all facets of Davidson’s program: recruiting, scheduling, scouting, game preparation and on-court teaching.

Second question is mentioned there – scheduling. The D-Cats always have a tremendous schedule. App State? Uh, not so much. That will have to change with the move to the Sun Belt (begone, DIIs!) and a need to instill some interest in the program.

There’s no doubt App State is in need of an extreme makeover. The program is at a 20-year low. We wish Coach Fox the best of luck in turning it around.

ROUNDUP. From the press conference.

AD Cobb said 10 candidates were interviewed for the job, some twice. The number one priority sought in a new coach was someone dedicated to building a winning program. Cobb was sold on Fox due to his energy and enthusiasm.

Fox repeatedly used the metaphor “army” when describing what he wanted to build at App State. He will be active in marketing the program, and come September “wants to be the mayor of Boone.” With regard to the team, “We’re building right now for end of February, start of March .. I want our guys to expect to win.”

Fox wants a schedule that will build player confidence and prepare them for the conference tournament. Asked about Davidson being on a future schedule, “I don’t see us playing them anytime soon.”

With regard to recruiting, Fox says he believes the Appalachian name will resonate nationally, including in Minnesota. He wants players who will say yes when asked, “Do you want to go pro?” He also wants assistants with goals of becoming head coaches.

He said the style of play at Davidson was to always, uh, “attack.” He wants to install an attacking style at App State, but will tweek that style depending on the personnel.

RELEASED.

Yet another new football uniform

A member of the coaching staff tweeted a pic of App State’s “new look headed into the new conference.” It includes “Appalachian” spelled out in what appears to be Klingon.

tradition is overrated

It’s getting noticed.

As a whole, the look comes across a little too “uniform of the future!” for my taste — between the anthracite shade of the jersey, the goofy all-lower-case font for “Appalachian,” and matte helmet finish, it checks off pretty much all the “Nike attempts to make a hyper-modern football uniform” boxes we’ve already seen checked many, many times before — but the gold facemasks are a nice touch.

Just another new look in a closet full of random.

Fox finally hired as App State coach

The App State Board of Trustees agreed to hire long-time Davidson assistant Jim Fox as the schools 16th men’s bbball coach. Official press conference is Wednesday morning, but tonight he’s in full promo mode.

ENERGY. The program needs it.

We might finally have a new bball coach

Maybe.

He’s been with the D-Cats a long time.

fox_jimDavidson’s record during Fox’s 12-year tenure has been an impressive 268-117 against tough schedules that consistently include games against opponents from the nation’s power conferences. The 2008 season saw the Wildcats, led by the sensational Stephen Curry, advance to the NCAA Elite Eight and defeat powerhouses Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin before losing to eventual national champion Kansas by two points.

Knowing that it must take care of its own neighborhood first, Davidson in this 12-year period has gone 172-41 against Southern Conference teams and won conference titles six times. In those 12 years, Davidson has played in six NCAA tournaments, two postseason NITs, and the CBI.

Fox is single and lives in Davidson. His brother, Jeff, is a lawyer, and his sister, Jen, is a nurse. Coach Fox loves golf, tennis, politics and rooting for his beloved New York Yankees.

Spring practice game tonight

fizzzzzFun – “The offense will get 6 points for TDs; 3 for FGs; 2 for runs of 15 or more yards, passes of 20 or more yards and 2-point conversions; and 1 for first downs and extra-point kicks. The defense will get 6 points for TDs; 5 for TOs; 3 for three-and-outs and blocked kicks; 2 for sacks and tackles for losses, 2-point conversions after defensive touchdowns and for stopped drives that aren’t three-and-out; and 1 for extra-point kicks after defensive touchdowns. Satterfield expects to run about 120 plays and to have the game completed in less than two hours.”

At bat – App State at No. 1 USC

take us out to the ballllll .. game …These non-SoCon games never get easier. After already playing eight games against top 25 competition, today App State takes on the best team in the land, South Carolina, at its place in Columbia – “The pitching staff has a 1.75 ERA, which is third best in the county. The Gamecocks also have the fourth best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the country at 3.59.”

AGAIN. So. Close. – “Greiner laced a 3-2 pitch from Nunn into left field to give second-ranked USC a 2-1 victory against the Mountaineers at Carolina Stadium for the team’s third walk-off win in the past four games.”

App State coaching search ongoing

waiting .... Names – “Mike Young, the coach at Wofford, confirmed Tuesday that he has talked with AD Charlie Cobb of Appalachian about the job. He didn’t say if he was interested in the job, or if he is in the running, but did say he had been contacted. Also, two people with knowledge of the search said that Duggar Baucom, the coach at VMI, is a potential candidate.”