Since the departure of Kyle Weblog, I have been going through Georgia football history withdrawal. I figured I would attempt to take Dawg Sports readers on an excursion throughout the glorious history of our program, but with a bit of a twist. I plan on launching a series where we will go through the 2013 football schedule with yours truly selecting a past memorable game against each foe, provided there has been one.
The Dawgs have never faced the Appalachian State Mountaineers, so without further ado, I present you with... random interesting things about our future visitors from Boone, NC.
Since I enjoyed my North Texas scavenger hunt and the ensuing discussion so much, I figured I'd do the same for Appalachian State. I appreciated hearing from fans of the Mean Green on that post and hope the Mountaineer fans feel welcome to comment on this one, as well.
The Mountaineers began playing football in 1928 as an independent. They became members of the North State Conference in 1931, where they remained until 1960. From 1961 to 1967, App State belonged to the Carolinas Conference before again competing as an independent from 1968 to 1971. They joined the Southern Conference in 1972 and have remained there ever since. However, it was recently announced that App State and rival Georgia Southern would join the Sun Belt Conference in 2015, so another conference membership is in store for the Mountaineers as they jump to FBS-level competition.
The Mountaineers were champions of the North State Conference in 1931, '37, '39, '48, '50 and '54. They won the Southern Conference in 1986, '87, '91, '95, '99, from 2005-2010 and again in 2012. Like North Texas, these guys are used to winning.
The Mountaineers possess a bowl record of 3-6 but are 23-14 in postseason playoffs. They have won three national championships (2005-07) competing in the FCS.
Famous Football Alumni:
Dexter Coakley in his ASU days via image.cdnllnwnl.xosnetwork.com
Famous football alumni include: John Settle, Dexter Coakley, Dino Hackett and Larry Hand, all of whom have their numbers retired by the school. Former Mountaineers in the NFL today include: Travaris Cadet, Armanti Edwards, Jason Hunter, Daniel Kilgore, De'Andre Presley, Brian Quick and D.J. Smith.
ASU vs. SEC
The Mountaineers do not have an extensive history of playing teams from the SEC. They most recently faced the LSU Tigers in the 2008 season opener, a 41-13 LSU win. This game marked the first time that the defending FCS national champions faced the defending FBS national champions to open the season.
ASU meets LSU in 2008 via www4.pictures.gi.zimbio.com
Recent Football History
The Mountaineers have dominated the FCS for a good number of years, winning three consecutive national championships from 2005 to 2007. They are also no stranger to the Southern Conference championship (12-time champions), an honor they shared with Georgia Southern and Wofford in the 2012 season.
Yosef. I'm not big on human mascots but Yosef is a lot more loveable than the West Virginia mountaineer. The name "Yosef" originates from mountain speak for "yourself." The university website states that "if you are an Appalachian alumnus, fan or friend and have a heart filled with black and gold, you are Yosef." Clever.
Any moonshine in that thar jug? via themountaineer.villagesoup.com
The Old Mountain Jug. This trophy, which has the Western Carolina Catamount logo on the other side, goes to the annual winner of the rivalry matchup between the two schools. The jug has been passed around since 1978. More on this rivalry below.
The Mountaineers play their home games in Kidd Brewer Stadium in picturesque Boone, NC.
And there's this. If it's not an ASU tradition, it should be. Thanks to Mr. Sanchez for providing this hot link.
Western Carolina Catamounts (Battle for the Old Mountain Jug). ASU leads 58-18-1. The Mountaineers and Catamounts first met in 1932 with ASU emerging victorious by a 20-0 score. App State has won eight straight in this annual rivalry and last lost to Western Carolina in 2004. The winner of this game gets to keep the Old Mountain Jug for a year and has bragging rights until the next meeting. The Catamounts have not had much to brag about lately.
Georgia Southern Eagles. ASU leads 14-11-1. Voted the best rivalry in the Southern Conference, the Mountaineers first met the Eagles in 1932 but started playing them regularly in only 1993. These 26 games have been hard-fought and nationally relevant as both teams constantly sit atop the SoCon and FCS standings. The Mountaineers have won two straight in the series. I expect this rivalry to heat up even more as the teams make the jump to the Sun Belt Conference together in 2015.
Furman Paladins. FU leads 22-18-3. These teams first met in 1971, fighting to a 0-0 draw, and have played annually ever since. The Paladins dominated the rivalry through the 70s and 80s and won the 90s 6-4. Momentum has recently swung ASU's way with the Mountaineers winning all but three contests since 2000. Cyclical domination, you say? Almost sounds like another rivalry I know...
I don't listen to contemporary country music, but I'm told this guy is a big deal via cdn.songonlyrics.com
Notable ASU alumni include:
- Don Beaver, healthcare mogul and owner of numerous minor-league baseball teams
- Country singer Eric Church
Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier
- Former NBA head coach Alvin Gentry
- Winston-Salem, NC, mayor Allen Joines
- Fashion model and beauty queen Caitlin Upton. Remember her?
- Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers
The Dawgs better take ASU seriously. Remember back in 2007 when Michigan didn't? Everyone in the App State community sure does (see below). The Diamond Dogs recently split a series with the Mountaineers in baseball, so their athletics teams are capable of knocking off greater competition, although the jury is still out on whether we can call the Diamond Dogs "greater" than App State this year... Georgia's football team should respect the Mountaineers- these guys are used to winning and have been deemed worthy of a jump from FCS to FBS competition in 2015. Georgia Southern hung with the Dawgs for a bit in 2012; Appalachian State will be looking to one-up their SoCon rivals in 2013.
ASU's 2007 upset of Michigan ranks as the football program's proudest moment via jennifermaltba.files.wordpress.com
Now that you've been primed on the Appalachian State Mountaineers, what are your expectations for their game against our Georgia Bulldogs?
Next Stop: The Auburn Tigers, Georgia's oldest and most evenly-matched rival. The series is tied 54-54-8 and each decade tends to produce a memorable game or two between these two teams. All-time great games against Auburn include Fran Tarkenton's 1959 masterpiece to clinch the SEC title, Vince Dooley's first SEC-title-clincher in 1966, when sugar fell out of the sky in 1982, the multi-OT shootout in 1996 and Michael Johnson's legendary grab in 2002.