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The 411 on…LSU

Louisiana State University Tigers

Stadium: Tiger Stadium, a.k.a Death Valley.

I’ve been to this stadium for an SEC conference game and it’s LOUD. There is a definite home-field advantage for the Tigers by playing in this 92,400-seat stadium. The tailgating atmosphere around the stadium is unbelievable. I don’t expect the Tiger faithful to be mean to any App fans in attendance (as long as App fans don’t try to provoke them). LSU also maintains a tiger cage for their live mascot, Mike the Tiger. Scary.

Last Season: I’m sure I don’t need to tell you because if you don’t know that LSU was the BCS National Champion, then you obviously haven’t followed college football.  Les Miles made several gutsy calls last year and even lost two games but managed to fight off the distraction of the Michigan job to lead the Tigers back to the BCS title game.  LSU finished the season 12-2 and is also the defending SEC champion.

This Season: The Tigers are slightly underrated this year, mainly because of the departure of defensive freak Glenn Dorsey and the uncertainty with their quarterback situation.  While this year’s unit might not have the star power of last season, the 2008 version will be fast and powerful.  As Richard from And the Valley Shook said, the QB controversy shouldn’t really be that much of a concern to LSU fans because their offensive line is going to be one of the best in the conference and they are deep at the RB position.  I know many of you have said this yourselves and know this, but it’s going to take a monumental effort for the Apps to knock off LSU.

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Respect from the SoCon

The Apps definitely have the respect of our fellow conference members as well as the media.  The Mountaineers were chosen by both the coaches and media as the favorite to win the SoCon crown at the 2008 Southern Conference Football Rouser in Greenville, S.C. on Wednesday.

 

 

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Road Map to a Championship

Here’s a Google Map with the location of every App game this season. Thanks to Jason for creating this!

| Zoom In to Boone for more Home game details

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You Decide…

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Will three National Titles (and a Michigan win) be enough?

It happens almost every time I tell someone I graduated from App State. The conversation (if I’m talking to a sports fan) usually turns to the successes of our football team. “Hey, what a great win over Michigan!” Then a few other comments about our national titles and then they drop the bomb:

“So when are you moving up to the FBS?”

Simply to avoid a long, drawn-out explanation, I often just shake my head and say something like “Well, maybe soon. There’s been whispers, but nothing definite.”

No one really knows. There’s been a few comments here and there from members of the administration regarding a potential move, but no one has ever come out and publicly stated, “We’re going to move up and this is how it’s going to happen.”

Can we? Maybe. Should we? Maybe. Will we? Maybe. There’s definitely a few things that need to happen in Boone, NC before a move to the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA.

Through this multi-post series, I’ll take a look at the issue and attempt to tackle some of the finer points. I honestly can’t say whether I want it to happen or not. My support depends on a lot of factors (I’ll lay those out later). Here’s an outline of what to expect in the upcoming posts:

The Now – This chapter will take a look at the current status of the Appalachian State athletic department and not just the football team. A move to the FBS will affect the entire sports program and any consideration of a move must take into account the total impact.

College Sports Landscape and a lot of “What Ifs”– What does it look like in college sports right now? Is this the best time for a move? What are possible scenarios for the Mountaineers to move up a notch?

The Pros – How will moving to FBS help App State Athletics? Better games? More money? Better players? I’ll talk about a few schools who are success stories when it comes to making the move.

The Cons – Would a move to the “big-time” hurt App State? See this chapter for a look at the programs that should have reconsidered a jump.

Final Thoughts – A final wrap-up of the issue. I’ll give you some insight into my thoughts, as a neutral and also a proud Appalachian alum.

Stay tuned.

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