Thursday, September 3, 2009

ACC SCHOOLS AVOIDING HAPPY APPY?

Surely Appalachian State thought their shocking upset of Michigan in the Big House in 2007 would attract a great deal of attention? It did. The “we-don’t-want-to-play-you” kind of attention.

The Mountaineers are pre-season number one in the Football Championship Subdivision (or, as normal people say, Division 1AA), and apparently ACC teams aren’t looking to put them on the dance card. The News & Observers’ J.P. Giglio tells the tale…

Appalachian State opens the football season against East Carolina on Saturday. Next year, the Mountaineers travel to Florida, followed by trips to Virginia Tech in 2011 and Georgia in 2013.

Where you won't see the Mountaineers any time soon is on an in-state ACC schedule. It's not for a lack of effort by athletic director Charlie Cobb.

"Every year we make an inquiry," Cobb said.

And every year, since opening at N.C. State in 2005 – a season that ended with the second of ASU's three national titles on the Football Championship Subdivision level – the reaction has been the same.

"No response," said Cobb, a former N.C. State football player who left his senior associate athletic director role at his alma mater to become ASU's AD in 2005.

Of course, the Mountaineers and their coach Jerry Moore haven't made Cobb's job easy. The historic win at Michigan in 2007, one of the biggest upsets in the sport's history, didn't help generate many new suitors.

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