Whoa – “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.”
Sources – 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.
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.”
Out – “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.
“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.
The 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.”
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.”
Mountaineers 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.
Wow – “And Mercer does it. The Bears pulled away in the final seconds of their first tournament game since 1985 to win 78-71 and send Duke home early yet again. That’s two years in a row for the Atlantic Sun Conference, which is also home to Florida Gulf Coast.” Meanwhile, the present league champ is done.
Soon – “App State’s next chancellor may be introduced Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. by the UNC Board of Governors and system President Tom Ross in Chapel Hill. The board will hold a vote on the chancellor based on the two candidates chosen by the search committee in February to determine whether or not they are appointed to the post.”
THREE DAYS LATE. App State selection show is live online.
OUR NEW LEADER. Dr. Sheri Noren Everts, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Illinois State.
FAN. “I certainly love college football.”
Strength – “Washington and Peacock both had outstanding performances to boost their draft stocks. In the weight room, Washington bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times, had a 38.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, five-inch broad jump. Peacock bench-pressed 225 pounds 17 times, had a 38-inch vertical and a 10-foot, two-inch broad jump. Washington’s 21 reps at 225 would have tied for second among wideouts at the 2014 NFL Combine and his 38.5-inch vertical would have tied for sixth.”
Gotta admit, pretty cool – “All Georgia Southern home football games this year, the Eagles’ first season in the Football Bowl Subdivision and Sun Belt Conference, will kick off at 6 p.m. The home opener is against Savannah State on Sept. 6. Rival Appalachian State visits Paulson Stadium for Georgia Southern’s first home Sun Belt Conference game Sept. 27.” Kickoff times have yet to be announced for App State. Sun Belt television schedule has also yet to be announced.