App State-GS Thursday night on ESPNU

Expect a big crowdSunny – “The first conference game to be televised on ESPNU in 2014 will feature two of the league’s newest members as Georgia Southern will host App State on Thursday, Sept. 25. The Eagles will showcase the newly renovated Paulson Stadium to a nationally televised audience.” Time TBA, but gotta be night, right? Also, TV for Troy at GS.

No pressure in camp

Hard to seePractice – “Much uncertainty looms over Appalachian State football these days. It isn’t a dark cloud of impending doom, but it is definitely a fog that has the Mountaineers feeling their way around. QB Kameron Bryant said. “A lot of these guys only know coming off a 4-8 season, so they don’t feel the pressure, which is good. It’s weird for some of the older guys who’ve been through it, but the younger guys just want to come in and get better each day. And that’s what you need to grow as a team.”"

At bat – UNCG at App State

take us out to the ballllll .. game …The first last SoCon three-game series at home begins today, with first pitch at 4. Among its league brethren, App State is the sole program in single digit wins (6) and two-digit runs (91). The SPA-tuns have won six of their last seven games, and have a respectable 13-11 overall record. Only three SoCon schools are below .500. Give ‘em heat!

SUNDAY SNOW. Third game canceled – “With the cancellation, Appalachian State (8-16, 3-2 SoCon) swept a weather-shortened two-game Southern Conference series from UNCG (13-13, 2-3 SoCon).” Apps won 4-2 Friday, 15-4 Saturday. They travel to South Carolina Tuesday.

Lutz withdrawals

Reboot.

He got a raise, right?

Serious question, does this news make the App State job:

1) More attractive
2) Less attractive
3) No change

On that note, here’s the competition – “Remaining Division I men’s basketball coaching vacancies counter: 15 — Appalachian State, Boston College, Florida Atlantic, Houston, IUPUI, Jacksonville, Manhattan?, Marquette, Marshall, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Montana State, South Florida, Southeastern Louisiana, Tennessee State, Wake Forest, Washington State.”

App State freshman picked the Sweet Sixteen

wowWhoa – “Freshman Davis Dunn says he and two others beat out 11 million people for a perfect Sweet 16 bracket on ESPN’s website. Remember that billion dollar prize Warren Buffet said he’d give to the person with a perfect bracket? Dunn just has a perfect Sweet 16 bracket, but don’t feel too bad for him. He could still win $10,000 from Best Buy.”

NC State assistant leading candidate for App State

maybeSources – Bobby Lutz, associate head basketball coach at N.C. State and a former coach of the Charlotte 49ers, has emerged as the leading candidate to become Appalachian State’s next coach. Lutz has been in discussions with Appalachian State about its vacancy the past several days, sources said. Sources said Appalachian State had been interested in Mike Rhoades, a former assistant at Virginia Commonwealth. He was named coach at Rice on Tuesday.” As 49ers coach, he made five trips to the NCAAs. They also went to the NIT thrice.

Well this ought to end well

Inevitable?Oh my – “The Chicago district of the NLRB ruled Wednesday that Northwestern football players qualify as employees of the university and can unionize. Giving college athletes employee status and allowing them to unionize, critics have argued, could hurt college sports in numerous ways – including by raising the prospects of strikes or lockouts.”

UMass needs a new home

geezOut – “UMass is leaving the Mid-American Conference after the 2015 football season, sources told CBSSports.com. The Sun Belt is looking for a 12th member in football but there have been no indications that UMass would be a good fit.” As we all know, the future neighborhood (97 days and counting!) is looking for one more team. The Sun Belt has said it would like a travel partner for App State. UMass is just over 800 miles from Boone, and 200 miles further away than Illinois State.

Spring practice: Faster, faster, faster

SlogansFASTER!

“We have emphasized high-tempo, high-intensity – trying to create chaos for defenses – throughout practice,” said coach Scott Satterfield, whose team has nine days in and six to go before ending spring drills with a game-like scrimmage April 4. “We have really tried to crank it up so the players really have to communicate with each other on the field and not having the coaches yelling and telling them what to do while they’re out there trying to compete.”

“We’re running from drill to drill and sprinting on and off the field. … We’re getting a lot more plays in a shorter period of time. We kind of did this when we first put the offense in back in 2004 and ’05, and we slowly got away from it and started doing more teaching on the field. We’re trying to do more of the teaching in the classroom and then really getting after it on the field.”

Meanwhile, down in Statesboro, the same?

Triple option suddenly isn’t in the vernacular. The passing game and an uptempo workout were evident during the first day of spring football at the Eagles practice field.

2015 non-conf schedule released

SoonThe mothership is teasing a 10 a.m. release of the football team’s 2015 non-conference schedule. Two games are already known – home against Southern Miss Sept. 19, and at Old Dominion Sept. 26. The Sun Belt slate is tentatively a reverse of the 2014 schedule, but that could change.

TWO MORE. App State will open the 2015 season at home against Howard Sept. 5, then travel to Clemson Sept. 12 – “We’re thrilled to finalize what is arguably the most fan-friendly non-conference football schedule that we’ve ever had at Appalachian State,” Cobb said.”

APP-propre links

Happy Tuesday! Meanwhile, last Thursday.

Details from Pro Day. From the campus paper.

Guess who was at Pro Day. Cool.

Spring practice report. “We’re progressing every day and adjusting to the game,” Jones said. “We have to focus on consistency.”

Victor(y) Elder named head coach. “Woodruff named Western Carolina assistant and former Byrnes quarterback Trey Elder its new head coach Tuesday morning.”

Meet the new linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator at Texas. “Believe it or not, Jean-Mary has more ties to the state of Texas than even he might’ve realized.”

Meet the new tight ends/fullback coach at William and Mary. “Acitelli spent the past three years as a graduate assistant at Texas.”

Random, irresponsible, just throwing junk out there, tweet of the day, first place. C’mon. C’mon.

Random, irresponsible, just throwing junk out there, tweet of the day, second place. The L word.

Repetitive tweet of the days. Donald Sims has an opinion.

Evaluating the Sun Belt bball season. Also, “The Sun Belt went 0-10 against teams with a sub-25 RPI, with UT-Arlington nearly upsetting Oklahoma (89-91).”

Epitome. The best program in FCS.

Meet the chancellor-elect. “I hope everyone will share advice with me on what it is that makes App State so very special, so don’t be shy about that.”

Your hyper-active political story about Boone for the day. “We can create a war zone or we can build a community.”

At bat – App State at Georgia Southern

GIVE EM HEATMountaineers open final SoCon season with chance to do something special: sweep the Eagles – “Two of the few rays of sunlight in football and basketball for ASU were wins against Georgia Southern, which is also joining the Sun Belt next season. Mountaineers average roughly four runs per game, while GSU scores nearly nine. Eagles have more extra-base hits (81) than Mountaineers have runs scored (77).” Three of Eagles’ five losses were by one run. App’s last 3 losses were by one run or in 10 innings. First pitch Friday at 6; Saturday at 2:30, Sunday at 1:30.