Late last week it was announced that the CAA is on the hunt within the SoCon.
Reported targets? App State, Davidson and College of Charleston.
In terms of competition, all three make sense. App is a football power. Davidson and CofC are bball forces.
Geographically, maybe not. The CAA is primarily a northeastern league, with only a couple teams (for now) below the Virginia state line – UNC Wilmington and soon-to-depart Georgia State. Travel costs will be discussed, . . . → Read More: Will they or won’t they
Internet only – “In May the SoCon announced an enhanced agreement with ESPN3 to provide “a minimum of 40 exclusive events to ESPN3 each of the next three years.” Eight SoCon football games will be shown this fall, as well as numerous other events, including all of the men’s bball tournament and semifinals and title game of the women’s tournament.”
Mumblemumblemumble – “Appalachian is a fine university that reached out to us when they began to explore the possibility of FBS membership. They have aspirations of moving up to a higher platform, and I’m not comfortable talking about the details of that dialogue or anything in the future.”
Invites – “The CAA, with commissioner Tom Yeager on the hunt to replenish its recently depleted membership, formally has contacted SoCon schools App State, Davidson and CofC. Reports surfaced this week naming Elon and Furman – and Stony Brook of the AEC – as additional replacement options. Furman has had no official contact with the CAA, per multiple sources. Elon publicly has taken a silent stance on the matter.” SoCon hopes any school that bolts will announce so by . . . → Read More: CAA officially on hunt for SoCon schools
Well, we hope not, but tell that to the poster.
The “Sweet and Low Only” “No Equal” slogan is back, which we’re sure inspires giggles from Furman, Wofford and Maine. There are also three sponsors on the poster, which means three times the cha-ching.
We’re excited for the season (71 days!) and will eventually get back to some more regular updating. Right now the beach is calling and our perfect tan is a-l-m-o-s-t there.
Pass the SPF . . . → Read More: It was a dark and stormy season
Inevitable – “Chris Pollard led App State to a school-record 41 victories and to the program’s first NCAA post-season appearance since 1986 this past season. Now, he’ll take over the program at Duke. Pollard was named head coach of the Blue Devils today. He replaces Sean McNally, who resigned after 7 seasons. Pollard had been ASU’s coach since 2005, when he took over a program that had 8 straight losing . . . → Read More: Pollard named head coach at Duke
Conference USA completed its league meeting this week. No new invites announced, but future membership expansion is possible long-term.
App would love a slot, of course.
C-USA’s board of directors wrapped up its annual meeting on Monday and agreed to continue its review of further expansion opportunities.
“Obviously, we’d like to be in that consideration,” Charlie Cobb, ASU’s athletics director, said on Wednesday. “We’ll do everything we can to continue that push.”
Meanwhile, the CAA also wrapped up its . . . → Read More: Invite pursuit in holding pattern, CAA ups fee
Dude – “North Dakota State won the FCS title in January, but the NCAA accidentally mailed the championship banner to North Dakota, even going so far as to address it to North Dakota’s AD by name. But get this straight: Grand Forks and Fargo are separated by 80 miles of hostility, OK?” To avoid recurrence, next season they’ll just do away with the banner.
Welcome to the 1% – “To the extent that Rams rookie receiver Brian Quick has anything in common with Terrell Owens, here’s where the similarities end: Quick is under contract with an NFL team. Quick will be in line for a four-year deal worth a maximum of $5,386,601 under the slotted system for signing draft picks.”
Poll out. App State is 8th in Athlon Preseason Football Poll.
And another. App is 6th in Lindy’s Football Championship Sub-Division Top 25 preseason poll.
App State tackles social media. Pretty cool.
CAA meetings this week. “Yeager said that the conference plans to move “pretty quickly” on expansion, but doesn’t expect decisions to be made until later in the month.”
AE love. “By far the fan favorite, though, was former Appalachian State star Armanti Edwards, who drew . . . → Read More: APP-propre links
Cool – “The Atlanta Braves used back-to-back picks to select App State RP Nathan Hyatt and C/RF Tyler Tewell in the 13th and 14th rounds of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday. Hyatt, the 419th overall selection, is App’s highest draft pick since three Mountaineers were selected within a 44-pick span over the 11th and 12th rounds in 2008.”
TWO MORE. On the second day – “The Miami Marlins took Seth Grant in the 26th round. Ryan . . . → Read More: Braves take Apps back-to-back