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Appalachian State Football we have earned RESPECT

Posted on: February 10, 2008 5:02 pm
 
I am sitting here in Raleigh, North Carolina, and most of you know am a very proud alum of Appalachian State University. I majored in Sports Public Relations, interned with the Sports Information Department and the Yosef Club. I graduated in December of 1995, when our football team went undefeated in the regular season.

And if you know me at all, I am passionate about the things I love. There are many things in this world that I love, my wonderful son and all my other team's, but that is not what I am talking about today. I love my alma mater, I love what it stands for, I love the football program, I love the little town of Boone in which the university is situated in. I take GREAT pride in the fact that I am an alum of Appalachian State University, and that we have an amazing football program. Coach Jerry Moore and his staff have built a program that is clean is fundamentally strong.

Last year, when it was announced that we were going to be playing Michigan, everyone said, we'd get our arses kicked and handed to us in a hand basket. I did not believe this. I had confidence in the program, the system that Coach Moore has in place. I knew he'd have our boys ready. I knew that our Sophomore QB Armanti Edwards and Senior RB Kevin Richardson as well as the rest of the team would stun the fans in the Big House. As the game approached, I stood firm on the fact that the following would happen:
  1. We were not going to the Big House for a Field Trip and Guided Tour, we were going to earn respect
  2. We were going to get national attention from this game
  3. We were going to stun the fans of Michigan
  4. Armanti Edwards would lead the team to score twice, in the endzone, not field goals
  5. We may be smaller, but we were also fast, Michigan better be prepared
  6. We were not going to get blown out of the Big House, the final score would be respectable, and we would hold Michigan to under 40 points
Never did I guarantee a win. I am just confident and rather familiar with my alma mater's program, and the preparations Coach Moore puts his team through. If you look at all the points listed above, all of these things happened, the surprise, and bonus, was we shocked everyone by winning the game. The only ones that needed to believe that they could do it were the players on the field and the coaching staff that was behind them.

That win at Michigan did more for my small university in free publicity, potential recruits, and putting us on the road to stepping up to Division I, than the $400,000 check we received for playing in the game. We all of a sudden earned RESPECT. Well that is what I thought, until the schedule was released this past Friday, and I saw we were playing the Defending BCS Champion LSU.

Then I saw it happening all over again, people saying we are in Division 2, that we are INFERIOR, and so on and so on. Either this is the biggest lack of respect or they are scared, I can not quite decide. Some of these people are making comments about Division I-AA football, but lack the basic knowledge about the team's that play in the Division. They lack the knowledge that Appalachian received votes in the final AP Poll, finishing ahead of  other Division I school's. They lack the knowledge that Appalachian finished 44th in the Sagarin ratings last year before many DIVISION I school's. Appalachian won their third straight National Championship this past season, this is unprecedented in their Division or higher, meaning a Division I school/BCS Championship has never had a 3 peat. And Division I-AA has a playoff system, so it (IMO is even harder to repeat in a playoff system).

These student athletes work just as hard, if not harder to win, to be a student athlete, to perform on and off the field, many of them will not make it in the pros, as scouts do not reach down to the Subdivision, but I do have a feeling with Appalachian's win over Michigan, and another successful season in 2007, this will be changing.

They are that good. They deserve respect. They have earned it.

When I posted my thread on the College Football board, I was surrounded with negativity from LSU fans that we Appalachian fans have a chip on our shoulders. That we got lucky against Michigan. Well last time I checked, luck runs rampant in sports. Do we have a chip on our shoulders, no I do not think so, our football program is that good, and we have every right in the universe to be proud and sing praises about them. I never said one negative thing about LSU, nor will I ever, just about the fans I encountered.

All I am asking from you LSU fans, give us the respect we are giving you. We know you are Defending National Champions. Do you realize we are as well?
Comments

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2008 6:18 pm
 

Appalachian State Football we have earned RESPECT

Please believe me when I say I wish it was true...that Appalachian State really has earned respect among the NCAA D1A schools.  (Yes, I still call them D1A and D1AA.  The NCAA can stick that FBS and FCS crap.) Anyways........The Mountaneers HAVE opened a LOT of eyes and turned a LOT of heads but ask an SEC Homer who they think is going to win the first game of the season.  That's not respect.  In fact, a lot of people think that App State simply caught Michicken off their guard.  This may be true BUT......isn't that usually the story when a team beats another?  App State has a great football program.  I don't know who is going to win this game.  But I definately don't think it's going to be a blow-out either way.  I'm looking forward to watching a GREAT football game.  I just hope App State comes out on top.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 2:45 pm
 

Appalachian State Football we have earned RESPECT

Thanks for posting that article Dook...  It was a good read.

Interesting that no one wants to play you.  Since  the addition of the 12th game in Div1A, the big schools (Michigan, LSU, etc), all use that 12th game to pad their schedule with teams they should beat.  This to improve their W/L record for the post-season Bowls (and of course post-season $$$'s).  Since Michigan paid you guys $$$ to come and play them in their house - but you didn't roll over and play the patsy like they thought - now no one wants to play you!  Very interesting indeed!!!

No your AD has to really earn his pay to get games scheduled.

BTW...  Goodluck on the 4-pete!!!

 

 




Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2008 1:44 pm
 

Appalachian State Football we have earned RESPECT

James Madison on the road is "brutal" are you serious....JAMES MADISON IS BRUTAL.....i think i just pissed myself!....people say the problem lies with LSU/SEC homers?....of course i'm a homer....but, when LSU destroys App. St, is that me being a homer or is it just reality?



Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2008 10:08 pm
 

Appalachian State Football we have earned RESPECT

LSU and James Madison on the road is brutal. Jacksonville and Presbyterian at The Rock will more than make up for it. Those two teams were pretty awful in 2007.

Good luck to the Mountaineers in 2008.

 




Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2008 9:36 pm
 

Appalachian State Football we have earned RESPECT

America LOVES the underdog.  That's a fact.  And I loved it when you guys beat Michigan.

But now you guys have LSU next year???  Sheesh, who does your scheduling?  Cause he's got some big cahoniees!!!


BoiseAlumn
Well, here's the deal on our schedule, we had three open slots after we won the Championship in December. We asked UNC they said NO, we asked FSU, they said NO, WFU said don't ask us, cause we are tired of losing to y'all...

We played LSU in 2005 in the middle of the season, and went on to win our first National Championship.

Per the article here on CBSsportsline,

The Mountaineers' success has led several top teams to shy away from playing them and coaches have been scrambling to fill openings on the 2008 schedule. Appalachian will visit James Madison and host Jacksonville and Presbyterian before beginning Southern Conference play.

The Mountaineers do have future games scheduled at Florida (2010), Virginia Tech (2011) and Georgia (2013).

 

You can view the entire article at




Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2008 8:14 pm
 

Appalachian State Football we have earned RESPECT

yes you have im a diehard fsu fan but have been to boone nc for a few wrestling camps while in high school and not only did u prove it on the field, while beating michigan in the big house u did it in your playoffs. i really enjoyed my time @ the app state campus where in met many life long friends. so i can say i watched this season with a lil smile while rooting the lil guys on




Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2008 4:25 pm
 

Appalachian State Football we have earned RESPECT

America LOVES the underdog.  That's a fact.  And I loved it when you guys beat Michigan.

But now you guys have LSU next year???  Sheesh, who does your scheduling?  Cause he's got some big cahoniees!!!




Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2008 11:35 am
 

Appalachian State Football we have earned RESPECT

Dook,

App State is respected, what with the three-peat and the Michigan win and the whole package. You are just looking forward to collecting the next installment! Pretty much a metaphor for life -- "What have you done for me lately?"

So the problem lies not with App State, but with LSU/SEC homers. They are so hung up on their own conference that great non-SEC football cannot register on their radar screen, and their reflexive action (notice I did not say reflexive "thought") is to dismiss any other teams. If pushed about their OOC losses, they will say, "Well, on that day, Georgia/Tennessee/Arkansas/etc. was not part of the SEC, so that loss does not reflect/represent our beloved conference." As my Mom used to say, you can grow roses with that crap!

Hopefully, App State will use the LSU quotes as fuel to train harder. Good luck to the Mountaineers!

PSU_Lions_84

P.S. I think you ought to make your current avatar permanent. Lookin' good!




Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2008 10:58 pm
 

Appalachian State Football HAS earned RESPECT

Appalachian State's great upset over Michigan proved that highly motivated players who are somewhat talented AND FAST can create a win over a team that has more depth.  Great effort and excellent coaching and preparation resulted in one of the biggest upsets of all time. Congratulations from a Florida Gator fan!

L. Rich

 




Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2008 10:08 pm
 

Appalachian State Football we have earned RESPECT

Its a tough call. On one hand becoming D-1 or FBS(?) is a way of saying your now part of the best programs around. But no school wishes to become Duke in the NCAA. App State is getting there name out there by winning championships in the FCS and playing hard against the big schools. Im sure a lot of athletes see that school as a place to win a championship and still get to play with some of the best kids around.


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