Snow forced a postponement of App State’s home opener to today, when it opens a three-game series with UNC Asheville at Smith Stadium. First pitch set for 2 – “Saturday’s twinbill will consist of two seven-inning games. The three-game series between App State and UNCA will conclude as scheduled with a nine-inning game on Sunday at 1 p.m.”
One of the most forgettable seasons in App State basketball history – please let us forget it – draws near to close Friday. The No. 9 Mountaineers open their final SoCon tourney with No. 8 Samford at 11 a.m. Winner is rewarded with title favorite Davidson.
The team managed just five D1 wins, all in conference. No Apps were honored in leagueawards. Among 351 D1 teams, the program is ranked No. 333 in RPI, and No. 328 in Sagarin.
According to another stat head, the team has a .2% chance of winning the SoCon title.
On a positive note, coach Capel is a perfect 3-0 in first-round SoCon games. They beat Samford earlier in the season, 74-68. And the players are saying all the right things.
“We just want to win it for each other,” (Hamilson) said. “We want to win and be able to prove that we’re capable of winning and that we do have talent and that we’re not as bad of a team that it may have seemed during the season.”
This is the final year of Capel’s contract. Conventional wisdom is that – barring a .2% miracle run – he will not be back.
Odds are, App State will be heading to the Sun Belt with a new coach and the dreaded label of “rebuilding.”
If all this isn’t depressing enough, by all means, compare and contrast.
Home-ish – “App State baseball team, which already has experienced one of the nation’s toughest schedules, will have a new experience tonight when it plays at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem. ASU will take on Campbell, the defending Big South champion, at 6 p.m. “With the amount of alumni and following we have in Winston-Salem, that’s kind of why we chose it,” Coach Billy Jones of Appalachian said.” Anybody going? Not just baseball will be celebrated. The Mountaineers will open their actual home schedule Friday with a three-game set against UNC Asheville.
The App State men’s bball team ended its final SoCon regular season at 9-20, 5-11 in league play. It’s the program’s worst finish overall and in league since 2003-04 (9-21, 4-12), and the fewest D1 wins (five) since 1982-83 (four). The Mountaineers will enter their final SoCon tournament as the No. 9 seed against Samford Friday at 11 a.m. The winner will get Davidson Saturday. All the opening round games will be on ESPN3. The women’s team finished 13-15, 10-8 in SoCon. They are the No. 4 seed and will play Elon Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
The inaugural FBS slate for App State is complete.
It features six homes games, half of them in the final month of the season. The big trip to Statesboro is early, and the finale is in Boone.
There are two open dates, one of which breaks up a streak of four home games within five.
Aug. 30 – at Michigan (the Reckoning)
Sept. 6 – Campbell
Sept. 13 – OPEN
Sept. 20 – at Southern Miss
Sept. 27 – at Georgia Southern
Oct. 4 – South Alabama
Oct. 11 – Liberty
Oct. 18 – at Troy
Oct. 25 – OPEN
Nov. 1 – Georgia State
Nov. 8 – Louisiana-Monroe
Nov. 15 – at Arkansas State
Nov. 22 – at La-LaFayette
Nov. 29 – Idaho
None of the contests are scheduled to be on the small screen …… yet.
Additional television games will be announced at a later date – including a minimum of five games for a nationally televised ESPNU audience. ESPN has until June 1 to select games that take place the first three weeks of the season.
Meanwhile, in expansion news – “The Sun Belt Conference is looking to add a 12th member by June 1 and has received interest from 4-6 FCS-level schools, commissioner Karl Benson says.”
The Mountaineers against Youngstown State as we type (first pitch moved up an hour to 1.) They play Michigan Saturday, then get the first of two contests against Notre Dame Sunday (Irish in Boone March 11). This could be one of the more prestigious regular-season events in which App State has appeared. As has been the case for other App teams, the diamond crew has started the season winless, now 0-8. The teams they’ve played – each of which was either ranked or perfect on the season – have a combined 24-4 record. Youngstown State is 0-5 on the season.
SO. CLOSE.Comeback – “Notre Dame plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at three before sophomore Zak Kutsulis walked off the Mountaineers with a single in the 11th to give Notre Dame a 4-3 win on the final day of the USA Baseball-Irish Classic at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.”
Penultimate – App State has lost three straight, including a 68-53 decision at Furman last Saturday. They are currently in ninth place in the SoCon. Samford has come up winless in its last three bouts.” Meanwhile, #bulldogproblems – “Sure, the names sound the same. But Samford is not Stanford, and now you can order a shirt that says, “SAM NOT STAN.” There will also be a limited number of T-shirts for sale at the Samford home game tonight at the Pete Hanna Center against App State.”
Rewarded – “The San Francisco 49ers announced they have signed G/C Daniel Kilgore to a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season. Originally selected by the 49ers in the fifth round (163rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft, Kilgore (6-3, 308) has appeared in 33 regular season games during his three-year career.”
Streams – “The 15 new channels aggregate conference-related programming from ESPN (outlets), starting with live men’s and women’s college basketball events as well as replays of college football games. The idea is to provide a space on the TV dial – virtual though it may be – for … conferences to connect with fans.” Will be on Roku, Apple TV.
Emphasis – “Despite Cox’s impressive performance, the Mountaineers ranked 7th among the league’s nine teams in rushing offense. Scott Satterfield said that won’t cut it in a move to the FBS and the Sun Belt Conference. “You go back and look at the rushing yards and he was basically it. We want to expand on that. We want to see who else can run the football and create some schemes to be able to run.”" Also – “Right now we have only three wide-outs who have really played – Bobo Beathard, Simms McElfresh and Malachi Jones.” Practice begins Friday.
S-l-o-w start to the season, but hope spring eternal! First pitch at 3 – “The North Carolina baseball team, 3-3 on the season, will face 0-7 Appalachian State. Although the Mountaineers remain winless this year, they almost pulled off a big upset victory over No. 6 N.C. State Sunday, falling 3-1 after a Wolfpack eighth inning that produced two runs and broke the tie.” UNC is ranked No. 22 by Baseball America.
OUCH.Eighth – “No. 17 North Carolina scored six runs in the first and three more in the second to cruise to a 12-1 win over Appalachian State Tuesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Michael Pierson had two hits to lead Appalachian State (0-8). The Mountaineers have played eight road games to open 2014 with seven coming against nationally ranked competition.”
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF App State at Michigan
August 30, 2014 - TBA
2014 Football Schedule
Aug. 30 - at Michigan (the Reckoning)
Sept. 6 - Campbell
Sept. 13 - OPEN
Sept. 20 - at Southern Miss
Sept. 27 - at Georgia Southern
Oct. 4 - South Alabama
Oct. 11 - Liberty
Oct. 18 - at Troy
Oct. 25 - OPEN
Nov. 1 - Georgia State
Nov. 8 - Louisiana-Monroe
Nov. 15 - at Arkansas State
Nov. 22 - at La-LaFayette
Nov. 29 - Idaho
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2015 Football Scheduled Opponents
Sept. 19 - Southern Miss
Sept. 26 - at Old Dominion
Expected Sun Belt home games* - Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Troy, and UL Lafayette. Expected Sun Belt away games* - Georgia State, Idaho, South Alabama, and Louisiana-Monroe.
*Based on conference remaining at 11 teams
2013 Football Schedule
Aug. 31 - at Montana, 30-6, L
Sept. 7 - NC A&T, 24-21, L
Sept. 14 - OPEN
Sept. 21 - at Elon, 31-21, W
Sept. 28 - Charleston Southern, 27-24, L
Oct. 5 - at The Citadel, 31-28, L
Oct. 12 - Samford, 34-10, L
Oct. 19 - at Furman, 27-10, L
Oct. 26 - Ga. Southern, 38-14, W
Nov. 2 - 'Nooga, 35-28, L
Nov. 9 - at Georgia, 45-6, L
Nov. 16 - at Wofford, 33-21, W
Nov. 23 - 'Whee, 48-27, W