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App State goes where ECU fears to tread

I get chills thinking about itThree days ago App State announced something pretty phenomenal – it was playing a regular-season game on a Friday night just for the Wolrdwide Leader in pimpin’ Sports.

And 3Peat Nation saw that it was good.

Six years ago East Carolina scheduled a regular-season game for a Friday night. And the earth did quake mightily.

The last loss was to Cincinnati in the infamous Friday night game, an issue which hurt ECU’s relationship with high schools within the state of North Carolina since the game was being played on national television while the high school state playoffs were going on.

A post at the MMB has more details.

We played a Friday night game on DECEMBER 6th 2002 and as a result were banned from recruiting North Carolina High school campus’s by the NCHSAA coaches.

The decade before we were banned we signed about 15 recruits or more every year from NC and since Holtz finally repaired the relationships have signed just as many. He even signed 21 two years ago the most ever from the state in one class. Obviously it was an important for us. The year after we were banned however we signed 3 just to give you perspective. That was a real disservice to the local recruits as well that would have gotten a scholarships.

ECU lost that Friday night game by 16 points. It went on to win just three games over the next two seasons, and didn’t break .500 again until 2006. Coincidence? (Key organ music).

The release made sure to note that “We’re very appreciative to Watauga High School principal Angela Quick and athletics director Lavell Hall, as well as North Carolina High School Athletic Association executive director Charlie Adams, for their support in giving us the opportunity to showcase Appalachian, the High Country and North Carolina football to the nation,” ASU director of athletics Charlie Cobb said.”

Unremarked upon was that both Quick and Hall are on the way out the door. And Adams had this to say this morning.

“There has been no change in the position of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and its concern about televising college football games on Friday night,” Adams said, “We do not support any college or university televising a football game in the traditional Friday night high school football slot.”

Adams did acknowledge that Appalachian State has given the NCHSAA and its member schools enough time to change games if need be.

“We want to emphasize that we hope that this is not the beginning of a consistent pattern of games being played and televised in North Carolina on the primary night that high school teams play, because we believe that could really damage our programs,” Adams added.

Naivety, thy name is Charlie Adams.

UPDATE – Somebody’s not happy.


  1. Robert

    May 1, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    I had no idea it was such a big deal to have a game on a Friday night. If the coaches and everyone else in the NCHSAA disagrees with us playing on the duece friday night and bans us from NC kids we're in trouble…but….our outta state kids are ballin but I dont want HS coaches to ban us.

  2. Mike

    May 1, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    What "damage" does it do to the high schools? I mean seriously?! Is it really that big of a deal? Who cares if they have to move a game or two to saturday. If they ban us from recruiting in NC then somebody will need to take a step back and realize that this Friday night game will have more rewards for football in NC than "damaging" high school programs. Charlie Adams is an idiot.

  3. AppFan

    May 5, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Most High School coaches in the App area go to the App games. This also hurts high school football attendance on Friday night. I hope my high school team moves the game like Watagua other wise I have a hard decision seeing as how much I had to pay for season tickets this year.

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