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sighUgh – “The Citadel won a second straight basketball game for the first time in more than a year tonight, taking a 62-51 victory over App State. App State fell to 12-16 overall while making just 3 of 22 from 3-point range.” Nathan Healy had a team-high 19 points. Andre Williamson added 10. No other App scored more than 6. It was 26-19 at the half.


  1. Derek

    February 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Refer to the 38th comment posted on the FCSer thread.

  2. Jack '74

    February 23, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I'm still going to the SoCon tournament next weekend. Asheville is a great venue; visiting with some very old and dear friends; and seeing the App b-ballers play one more game in this most forgettable of all seasons. Well, two out of three is still a pretty good reason to party in Asheville!!!

  3. GeneGenethedancingma

    February 23, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Jason…. Do the right thing!

  4. wer4asu

    February 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Awful. This may tip me into the "not support Capel" crowd!

  5. Randy Bruinsma

    February 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Jason needs to go, how do you let the EL Cid runover you like that.

    He is not ready for the job

  6. storminasu

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Forget the tree in the forest, if App loses a game to a bottom feeder and no one cares enough about the season to do anything about it, does the loss still count?

    Time to bring in a REAL basketball coach. This has spiraled down enough.

  7. Appy97,00

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 am

    was thinking about making the one hour drive to Cullohwee this Saturday….really not sure that it's worth it at this point. Maybe not even worth wasting money for the tourney in A-ville (20 minutes away from home).

    We have loads of wasted talent this year.

  8. ceez

    February 23, 2012 at 5:46 am

    It will be different when we move up….We will automatically attract 4 and 5 star players to Boone.

  9. sideline

    February 23, 2012 at 5:46 am

    We need a spring game.

  10. appmaj

    February 23, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I am assuming ceez is joking

  11. appaner420

    February 23, 2012 at 6:43 am

    i wonder if there are any coaching camps he can attend or any coaching classes he can take during summer school…

  12. Joe

    February 23, 2012 at 7:01 am

    The problem with the current team is having 3 different coaches and schemes in 4 years.. that takes a HUGE toll on the players.

    I am not defending Capel because he has not done well at all, but letting him go now would mean 4 different coaches in 5 years, learning a whole new system, etc.

    It will be hard pressed to find a coach with the kind of money we can offer to change the program around without some time in it. Again, not defending Capel, but calling for his head will only add to the down years. We simply do not have/put the money into the basketball program to get a coach who can change the atmosphere over night.

  13. ASU-LAW

    February 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

    "3-of-22 three-pointers" SERIOUSLY…. Either Capel do some serious work on this team's three point shot accuracy, or needs to develop more movement near the boards to open up the short to mid range shot.

    3 of 22 (I can do better than that contested from half court!)

  14. Appy97,00

    February 23, 2012 at 7:33 am

    just watched the ASU/Elon highlights (all Elon) from the elonphoenix site. All I saw was more of the same lazy, careless stuff that plagues the b-ball team in pretty much every loss they have. Didn't even look like they were trying on defense…doesn't look like they care to win. Lots of standing around, no passion, no energy..on a team with 4 seniors. Wow! This is also a team that probably had more overall talent than they've had in a few years (especially when Milum was still around) Trice has disappeared, Carter is Jeckyll and Hyde, Butts is nonexistent, unless it's senior day. The only player that plays hard and to his potential is a walk-on, and most of the time the freshmen. I know I'm stating the obvious, but what is the issue? If these players wanted Capel so bad, why aren't they playing hard for him?

  15. crzyfrnk

    February 23, 2012 at 9:46 am

    ahhhh….how I yearn for the days when, even though ASU was 2 and 24 or so….'72 or '73…when I and a host of other fans took down the nets in Varsity Gym and ran into the locker room and presented them to Coach Bergman and the guys after upsetting a very talented Furman team….not a team that has only won 2 or 3 games…..last nite was embarrassing again…

  16. ASU Dad

    February 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    It was the worst display of basketball I have ever seen.

  17. ASU3432

    February 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Spring game!!

  18. AppInExile

    February 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Does anyone think it'll change next year when Capel gets rid of some of the Seniors from the prior regime and recruits some more of his own kids?

    Or are we doomed to continuation of ASU's legacy of mediocre basketball?

  19. Yogi86

    February 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Who gives a crap?! We've been lousy since Cremins left for the most part, and display no interest in keeping talented coaches!!! Spring football is right around the corner anyway!

  20. Eddie

    February 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I give a crap. We have the potential with the success of football, overall sports, and a great facility to be a successful program. We should be doing better than this and I don't get this team at all.

  21. LowcountryApp

    February 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    App has had some good teams over the years, we just need to bring in the right coach. Capel has proven he is not ready for the job. Our university deserves better.

  22. Eddie

    February 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Yogi, what talented coaches are you referring to that we didn't try to keep? Buzz Peterson chose to leave twice despite efforts to keep him. That is why this team has been in a mess for two years. What other talented coaches? Houston Fancher? Tom Apke? Matt McMahon?

  23. AppOrange

    February 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Tom Apke was the stuff legends are made of

  24. Yogi86

    February 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    @Eddie…well starting with Cremins, then there's his hand-picked successor Kevin Cantwell. He was good. As for Buzz, that whole deal was so poorly handled. Can't tell me UNC Wilmington had more appeal or potential? If the AD and the school was serious about building a quality program, they would have made a deal and found a way to keep him.

  25. ASU Dad

    February 24, 2012 at 2:12 am

    After years of watching App basketball, I have decided to retire. I have watched good years and bad years.

  26. Appy97,00

    February 24, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Houston Fancher, you busy?

    Matt McMahon, how bout you?

  27. Ballfan

    February 24, 2012 at 4:07 am

    When you take away their first two years after losing Rufus and kicking key players off the team from Buzz's tournament team, Fancher and Matt where very successful. Every kid graduated with a ring. Those players where in the community, they worked my kids school events. I work at the school and constantly saw coaches checking classes. Shoot, both Fancher's and Matt's wives worked in my department.

    We need someone invested on ASU and Boone that represented us in the manner that Fancher and Matt did!

  28. Alum00

    February 24, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Ballfan..I so agree with you. The buzz thing was all about the money. The reason why Matt didn't get the job was about the AD hiring a minority. Shame on ASU. Matt M bled ASU and would have done a world of wonders for our program. Now Matt M is having a world of sucess at Murray State. There is no way that we could ever get him back after how we treated him. I am sick to my stomach.

  29. App Band

    February 24, 2012 at 4:31 am

    There are TWO sides to the Peterson story. We've only heard one of them. Don't be so quick to judge and blame Buzz for what happened. He had good reason to leave.

    I like Coach C personally so this is no slam on him at all, but I really wish Matt McMahon had been given the chance at the HC position. He'd EARNED it and he DESERVED it and would have done a GREAT JOB!

  30. GoApps71

    February 24, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Ceez, you have been smoking the killer weed. No teams in Conference USA, for example, get 4 & 5 Star players in any sport. Maybe if ASU goes to the ACC they may get a 4 star basketball prospect. The ACC thingy ain't going to happen in my lifetime.

    OK, let's start the men's BB run through the Southern High School Conference tournament.

  31. BIG DAVE

    February 24, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Quit your whining about past coaches. Nobody got it done since Bobby and he got players because he had a name when he got here.

    This team has no leadership on the court, and two styles of play. On with Butts and one with out and as such has no identity. As for kdis graduation with a ring? really? a Northern Division Championship? Wow!

    Fancher did nothing. His assistant Matt while a gutty player and bench coach was part of Fanchers average tenure.

    We took a chance on Capel and need to see this through to year 4 or 5 and put some more coin into the program. I hate losing as much as any of you but this constant " I told you so" stuff is getting old. You people calling for a head coaches removal from an inherited crappy program after a couple of years is what is wrong with college sports. After 5 years with his kids then you can bitch.

  32. Appy97,00

    February 24, 2012 at 5:02 am

    because BIG DAVE told you that you could? Come on now, we have the right to bitch about the lack of intensity, desire, passion, etc. no matter who is coaching. My problem is that, apparently, the players really wanted Capel (probably just a few in reality). Of course they wanted him if he's a nice guy and easy to relate to, etc. But, if that is a major factor in hiring him, the real problem lies with administration of the program from the AD and outside political influences.

  33. Appinthehouse

    February 24, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Our history does not change our current position but it is relevant.

    I agree that Fancher never recovered the new asu football fan trust from the Elon game but to say he did nothing is not accurate. His players and teams are the majority all time leaders in our school history. I have stated this before, he had built a program that represented asu well. And I disagree, a diploma and a ring is a great accomplishment.

  34. ASU-LAW

    February 24, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Most of you probably already saw this, but in anticipation of the NFL combine this weekend, check our boys out.

  35. AppMan

    February 24, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Big Dave you don't have a clue about what you're saying. All Houston did was graduate players and win Divisional titles in spite of having one of the lowest budgets in the conference. The only thing lower than our RPI (down to 263 and is sure to drop again when the new rankings come out) now is our APR (Academic Progress Reports). During Fancher's tenure ASU basketball consistently ranked in the top ten percent in the country with a score in the 970's. Just wait until you see what it is this next time. It is easy to take cheap shots when you are ignorant of the facts.

  36. Zen

    February 24, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Big Dave,

    I don't agree that Capel should get an automatic four or five years.

    I think he has to get a third year. Two years simply isn't "a fair shot". Firing him (now) would reflect very poorly on the administration and make it more difficult to attract a quality coach to the program.

    However, after the team's performance in year two, there has to be significant improvement in year three to earn the fourth year.

    Where could extra money be spent to improve performance if it isn't spent to hire a "better" coach? Unless the recruiting budget is way too low (and based on the talent brought in recently, it doesn't appear to be), I don't see how more money could result in better performance.

  37. sideline

    February 24, 2012 at 6:18 am

    We don't have the money for FB and we don't have the money for BB. This is very interesting. Why don't we ever hear money as an excuse at the other schools in the SOCON that are supposed to be below our standards. Those little private schools that we need to get away from don't seem to have the money problems that we do. The money excuse is just that. The real deal is that we have hired the FB coaches that we have because it has worked in the past and it is cheap. The reason we don't invest in BB is because we don't care about BB. Look in the stands. You have no argument. The stands are empty because everyone is home watching ACC BB or just don't care about BB at all.

    Buzz left for money because MJ does not support him anymore. No more free cars etc. The mooch who never really earned his own way is gone and we are better for it. Just a side note UNCW had more money?

  38. appdreamin

    February 24, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Reportedly, they did, sideline.

    However, our real BP error was rehiring him after he left the first time–not because there's anything wrong with a coach, especially a young one, taking a better (than SoCon) position, but because of how he handled the departure from App and the fact that he bolted Tulsa after one year. Those factors were indications of loyalty and character–or lack thereof–that should have precluded his being a candidate for rehire.

    We’re better off without Peterson, even though he was the best coach we’ve had since Cremins. But two years in, there’s no evidence that we’re better off with Capel. No way he or any other top-level hire gets five years to prove himself, or even four.

  39. Eddie

    February 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Uhh. It is really the apocalypse that there is talk here about Kevin Cant-win being a good coach for ASU, as well as Houston Fancher, the guy everybody on the blog was ready to toss. I am really baffled that anyone would suggest that Buzz Peterson, the guy who jilted us once and then when hired again wouldn't even move to Boone – can be lifted up as being the victim. Each time he left look at the mess… We were foolish for ever rehiring him. Man what is it that the dude has over people?

  40. appdreamin

    February 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Agree fully.

    Beginning with the Cremins era, how would you guys rank our coaches from then 'til now (speaking purely from a basketball productiveness perspective, and disregarding real or perceived character issues)?

    I think my ranking would be as follows:

    1 Cremins

    2 Peterson

    3 Cantwell

    4 Apke (tie)

    4 Fancher (tie)

    6 Capel

  41. sideline

    February 24, 2012 at 11:06 am

    That's my point. UNCW had more money than us and we expect to hit the big time. With no football income they had more money than us. That is just very interesting. Don't get me wrong I wouldn't want him for free. Coach ok. Person? Not so much. Just a big mooch.

  42. hapapp

    February 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

    1. Cremins

    2. Peterson

    3. Fancher

    4. Apke

    5. Cantwell/Capel

  43. Dr. Gonzo

    February 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Sideline, UNCW not having football is exactly why they can pay more for the Buzzard. They only have one major sport's expenses to occupy their budget.

  44. Big Dave

    February 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm


    You don't have a clue what I'm talking about either, dolt. If you measure success as a division title then you set a very low bar. HF never got us to the Dance. That is the GOAL.Hanging a division banner in Holmes is about as lame as you can get. Let's hang some graduation banners there too. I don't remember bringing grad rates into this discussion. We gave him how many years? 7? Before you take a shot at me READ and comprehend and then you can choose to disagree in a gentlemanly fashion.

  45. Dr. Gonzo

    February 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    What I meant to say is that I like men and I like to be man-handled.

  46. Dr. Gonzo

    February 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Are you still not tired of having your comments deleted by the Appfan mods you prick? You have way too much time on your hands. Did mom take away your XBox?

  47. sideline

    February 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Dr. Gonzo

    February 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Sideline, UNCW not having football is exactly why they can pay more for the Buzzard. They only have one major sport’s expenses to occupy their budget.

    Actually football brings in the money to run the other sports. Do you really think BB even pays it's own expenses ay UNCW or ASU?

  48. Lewis

    February 25, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Buzz left and you guys slam him? Direct your slams at Cobb. He messed up with Buzz and as a result we got Capel.

  49. AppMan

    February 25, 2012 at 4:39 am

    big dave you are typical of so many blow hard fans who think they know everything but in reality know very little. Considering ASU has won just 2 conference championships in 40+ years of SmallCon play, especially in light ow what we've endured the past two seasons, I'd say a divisional title is a fairly substantial accomplishment. Did I say it was the best we should expect from our program? No. But you made the idiotic statement "Fancher did nothing" and I pointed out that wasn't the case. If Capel is given another 3 years like you have decreed our program will be in such despair it'll take 5 to get it back to where it was when he took over. BTW, have you checked out "his kids" coming in next year? A mediocre (at best) juco player who's only other offer was from one of the few basketball programs worse than ours (Troy 7-17 RPI 275 compared to ASU's 263) and a high school kid offered by college basketball heavyweights UNCG, Furman, Tenn Tech and Tenn State. Capel loves to chastise the players for not playing hard, not giving enough effort and not playing with heart. What he fails to recognize is he CAN'T COACH! Contrary to what some of you experts think ASU has some of if not the best talent in the conference. We simply have a coach who does not know what to do with it. Against Citadel Capel used his 13th different starting line-up this season. Yet you think he needs 3 more years, moron.

  50. AppMan

    February 25, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Buzz saw the opportunity to get out of a dysfunctional situation and took it. We have a program being run by a real estate developer, not the AD.

  51. sideline

    February 25, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Buzz is a mooch who saw bigger dollars from a school who didn't know any better. How has his record been anywhere else? He is an ok coach not a good coach. Ever wonder why he dosen't work for his sugar daddy anymore? He wears out his welcome wherever he goes.

  52. Dr. Gonzo

    February 25, 2012 at 8:20 am

    The hierarchy of fault:

    -Mr. Echota


    -Who ever is in charge of marketing for the BBall program



    Feel free to make your own

  53. ASU Dad

    February 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Do not fault Buzz, he left because of AD Cobb. Do not fault Capel. If someone asked if you wanted a raise from $30k to $154k, what would you do?

    AD Cobb is only interested in football and does care about the other 19 sports.

  54. Rekdiver

    February 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

    App man you are typical of all those who love to see their comments I take consolation from the fact that I know more than you. You represent mediocrity. HF got 7. No conference championships. Period. I think we can give JAson at least 5 to be as average as HF. Until then quit embarrassing yourself by pretending to know sports . Imbecile.

    AppDad your personal vendetta against CC is getting old. Move on or tell us the truth about the real reason

  55. sideline

    February 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Don't know how well you know Buzz but the fact is that he had no place to go. He was living off his sugar daddy and when he got cut off he freeked. See sugardaddy stoped making recomendations. He was not going to have a job. He had no intention of staying here. The queen hated Boone and everything about it. Don't blame that jacka$$es actions on Charlie.

  56. Murray

    February 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Seen and heard all this before. Funny how some random name comes in out of nowhere to defend a coach or CC.

  57. BIG DAVE

    February 26, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Random name? Sideline has been here for a loooong time and I'be been posting for years.

    Buzz has problems. He and Michael had a falling out. He grabbed the ASU job, left here for more money and his wife did not like ASU ( and some of the "people" Buzz was fooling around with.) He's doing a "fine" job at UNCW. It was a gamble to hire Caple but a better gamble than making Matt the HC. If we are sub 500 in the conference next year then it will be time to evaluate. If we show improvement over this year then he get s another.

    You people keep slamming Cobb and I keep telling you if we'd kept Laney we would be in the NAIA again.

  58. appdreamin

    February 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

    No, we'd still be in NCAA. But we probably wouldn't have three FCS NCs, we wouldn't have many fans highly upset by an 8-4 football season, and everything else might be even worse than it is (though it's difficult to think of our second most important team being any more disappointing).

  59. AppMan

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Rekdiver your "knowledge" is limited to what you are told by those who want you to spout the company line. I am amused when uninformed idiots proclaim themselves to be experts and all knowing. Those who know the real story snicker at your level of ignorance. BTW, your new Delta Tau Chi name is OZ.

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