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From Ann Arbor to Chattanooga

Friday, December 7th, 2007

When I walked across the stage at my hooding ceremony back in May I told Chancellor Peacock I would see him on ESPN in the fall. Tonight I did.

Appalachian advances to their third national championship game in a row with a 55-35 win over Richmond.

The journey that famously began with a 34-32 win over Michigan in one of the biggest upsets in sports history will end next week in Chattanooga, hopefully with the third straight national championship for the Mountaineers.


UPDATE: Marie Freeman has photos.

A Prediction

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

I don’t think we’re going to be hearing sports commentators telling how wonderful the BCS is this year.


Saturday, December 1st, 2007

A disappointing loss for the Vols. Though they played well through most of the game, some miscues late in the fourth cost them the game. Oh well, it’s off to the Outback Bowl, probably.

Appalachian State continued its winning ways, although they had to stave off a furious rally in the last six minutes by Eastern Washington. Still, they managed to win 38-35 to advance to the national semifinals for the third year in a row. They also tied the NCAA Division I record for longest postgame winning streak with 10. Hopefully they’ll break it next week!

Two Big Wins

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Both of my college teams won today in dramatic fashion – Appalachian State with a 28-27 win over James Madison in round one of the 1-AA playoffs and Tennessee with a 52-50 four overtime win over Kentucky. Both needed some luck to pull it off, but neither quit and fought long and hard until the very end.

Appalachian State – the Mountaineers aren’t nearly as dominant this season as they were last year, but they still found a way to win against a good JMU team. Next up will be Eastern Washington as ASU continues their quest for a third straight national championship. It should be a good game; if Appalachian can beat Michigan, they surely can beat this team!

Tennessee – the game that wouldn’t end was amazing to watch, and Fulmer likely will remain at UT for the foreseeable future. My snarky side says that it shouldn’t take four overtimes to beat Kentucky (or a missed FG to beat Vandy), but it’s a W and I’ll certainly take it. LSU will be far more difficult to defeat than Kentucky, but Tennessee, if they bring their A-game, is capable of pulling an upset. Let’s hope they do.

Vols Avoid Losing

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Actually, they won, and won big. They outplayed Georgia on every level. With Florida’s lost, they now control their destiny in the East. It looks like a corner has been turned; let’s hope they can keep the momentum.

Coaching 101

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Philip Fulmer has this coaching thing down pat. He wants to “avoid losing” this Saturday against Georgia. I would rather he said he hopes to win, but certainly, if he can successfully avoid losing, I will be satisfied.

Say It Ain’t So!

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Via Blue Ridge Blog, CBS reports:

Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore is trying to cash in on that Michigan upset. He has contacted at least one agent to poke around for jobs after the season. If he doesn’t land a I-A gig, Moore should have sufficient leverage for a significant raise.

I certainly hope that Moore stays put; he’s done amazing things at ASU. But if he does leave, maybe he could be a candidate for the soon-to-be open head coaching position at UT.


Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Please explain, someone. Florida is good, but not that good. Can Tennessee bounce back? Can they win at least eight games? And, if not, will Fulmer survive this season? If he does, which assistant coach will be thrown under the bus this time?

It’s become a cliche in football (and, really, in sports period) that a certain class of fan spends their time being outraged over this or that and constantly calls into the local sports talk radio station demanding that their coach be fired. No doubt there’s an eruption of this in Knoxville these days. But can we really disagree with them?

Since 1999, Tennessee has produced an unending stream of mediocrity. No SEC championships. No BCS bowl bids. Some big wins here and there, and some great players, but also plenty disapointment. Fulmer maintains a good win-loss record, but even his staunchest supporter must admit he’s still running on fumes from his 1998 national championship team.

Looking at the schedule, I see lots of cause for concern. If Tennessee does not start playing amazingly better football, I don’t think they have much of a shot against Georgia. Or South Carolina. Or Alabama. Or Arkansas. Heck, even former pushovers like Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky aren’t looking like pushovers anymore (especially Kentucky; is there anything in the world Randy Sanders wants more than a victory over the Big Orange?).

So should Fulmer be canned? That question will be answered as the season unfolds. I remain a total fan of the Vols and will pick them to win every game they play. I hope my predictions come true. But the prospects for the Vols, and their coach, are not very good.

Meanwhile, my other alma mater continues to do me proud.

UPDATE: Voluminous sums up my view quite nicely.

Well We’re Movin’ On Up

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Will Appalachian State crack the FBS top 25? ESPN reports:

After pulling off one of the greatest upsets in college football history, Appalachian State is still shaking things up.

The Associated Press said Thursday that lower-division schools — that means you, Mountaineers — are now eligible for its 71-year-old poll.

By the way, I never get tired of watching this:
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Or looking at this...

Michigan Ain’t So Hot Hot Hot!

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Game of the century!

Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32.