A football-obsessed school feels it’s outgrown its stable. It’s looking to move to bigger – and more profitable – pastures.
It packs the place every gameday. Is no stranger to the postseason. And strikes fear in the *coughcough* “BCS” powers in-state.
App State, meet your brother by another mother, East Carolina. Both teams are on the same treadmill, though aaaarrrgh-uably one has several more miles clocked than the other.
App State annually leads the FCS in attendance. ECU boasts the second-best average home attendance among non-BCS schools.
App has won numerous league titles and is a traditional lock for the postseason. ECU won CUSA in ’08 and ’09, and often goes bowling.
Outside of Raleigh, the in-state *coughcough* “BCS” schools are scared to death of scheduling App State. Inside of Raleigh, a law was needed to force NC State and UNC Chapel Hill to schedule the Pirates.
We guess this is why Saturday looks to be such a big, fun day. It’s like we were meant to be together!
Similarities don’t end there.
Everyone knows App State wants to move up to a new division. ECU, already FBS but not BCS, is not only on that same wavelength, but much more desperate.
Dignity? What dignity? All the Big East needs to do is schedule their day in the barrel, and ECU is so there.
Openly announcing that you’ve applied to a different conference is a curious definition of “remaining focused” on succeeding in Conference USA, we’d argue, and when we say “openly” we mean it. Contrast the continued (open) secrecy of, say, West Virginia’s attempt to join the ACC or SEC with e-mailing 50 different media members the news of your application before the Big East has even had a chance to give it a serious thought – it arrived the same day ECU announced they’d put it in the mail – and you’ll see how badly the Pirates want to be taken as a serious candidate for Big East expansion.
We ain’t hatin’. Heck, tell us what day the CUSA barrel is free. App State would no doubt take it.
But for way too many years we’ve heard angry screeds that if only App State had imitated ECU way back when D1 was split, things would be totally different today.
Maybe. But it sure looks like, maybe not.