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(04-16-2014 07:18 PM)AppManDG Wrote:  Seems old Everette says with JMU's academic standards he can't recruit the type of players to compete in the SB.

He is as delusional as the rest of those clowns in Harrisonburg.
04-16-2014 07:24 PM
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(04-16-2014 12:59 PM)GoApps70 Wrote:  There were several donors that said that if App State didn't go FBS they would quit donating,
and some said they would never start donating again. Not sure that it wasn't just talk, but
sounded serious.

I know quite a lot of guys, including myself, who said they would give more when we made the move to FBS. The following MONTH after the announcement Yosef $'s went through the roof.

Release: Friday 05/03/2013 (ET)
"BOONE, N.C. — On the heels of Appalachian State University's announcement that it had accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference, supporters donated over $600,000 to the Yosef Club in the month of April, senior associate director of athletics Rick Beasley announced on Friday.

The $603,300 in donations to the Yosef Club — Appalachian State athletics' fundraising arm — is a single-month record, smashing the previous record of $434,370 that was raised last April. The record support came in the first month after Appalachian announced that it would join the NCAA Division I FBS Sun Belt Conference on July 1, 2014."

A lot of guys I know were against 1-AA from the day we were shoved into it. However, we continued to give and even increased our pledges all those years. We supported App even though we disliked what our administration was doing. Now, some of the guys who used to blast us for our low opinion of 1-AA / FCS have stopped giving because of the move. And they used to call us unreasonable and negative.
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04-16-2014 07:33 PM
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(04-16-2014 05:26 PM)moehler Wrote:  from my perspective, this really sucks, no offense to GS or the other Southern Conference teams, but the times we played JMU the intensity on the field and the rivalry between the fan bases seemed greater than any other game we played all year. Its just seemed both schools really wanted to win that particular game. Both schools are so similar, and it really helped that we were close to each other. This had the potential to be one of the most intense rivalries in the SBC and it could have really benefited both schools, it would not have surprised me if you would have eventually seen 35,000 plus at the football games. I wonder if its really worth it for the JMU administration to give up so much just to wait for an invitation from the MAC/USA that may never come.

None taken from this Eagle fan. Georgia Southern and James Madison had some great games in the 80's, and though Southern ended up in the win column for most of them they were all battles. The potential you speak of is where I do think JMU was shortsighted, because how many of them have the past history in mind when thinking about what could have been ? My guess is it didn't come into play in their evaluation of the landscape.

I find Benson's comments very telling as well. JMU seems to be hinging their hopes on CUSA / MAC ... and I think Benson's comments are a tacit way of saying that isn't happening. Otherwise, he would have merely maintained the worn out previous line about many, many schools showing interest, and not pegging JMU out individually.
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(04-16-2014 07:24 PM)AppfanInCAAland Wrote:  
(04-16-2014 07:18 PM)AppManDG Wrote:  Seems old Everette says with JMU's academic standards he can't recruit the type of players to compete in the SB.

He is as delusional as the rest of those clowns in Harrisonburg.

Right?!

I mean that is absurd. Even if JMU were this beacon of academia that they hold themselves up as, they're standards aren't any different for athletes than any Sun Belt, CAA, or MAC squad.

Enjoy rotting in the FCS. Kids that aren't qualified for admission at JMU can always settle for Harvard or Yale.
04-16-2014 08:02 PM
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My guess is JMU will kick ass this year and EW will be coaching FBS next year
04-16-2014 09:43 PM
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(04-16-2014 09:43 PM)PhillyApp1 Wrote:  My guess is JMU will kick ass this year and EW will be coaching FBS next year

We'll see. Wither's past defenses have been porous almost to the point being worthy of ours!
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(04-16-2014 05:26 PM)moehler Wrote:  from my perspective, this really sucks, no offense to GS or the other Southern Conference teams, but the times we played JMU the intensity on the field and the rivalry between the fan bases seemed greater than any other game we played all year. Its just seemed both schools really wanted to win that particular game. Both schools are so similar, and it really helped that we were close to each other. This had the potential to be one of the most intense rivalries in the SBC and it could have really benefited both schools, it would not have surprised me if you would have eventually seen 35,000 plus at the football games. I wonder if its really worth it for the JMU administration to give up so much just to wait for an invitation from the MAC/USA that may never come.

Same for GS when we use to play JMU in the 80's and early 90's. That was my favorite "rivalry" growing up before we joined the SoCon. It would have been nice to rekindle that one.
04-17-2014 12:38 PM
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(04-16-2014 07:18 PM)AppManDG Wrote:  
(04-16-2014 06:29 PM)PhillyApp1 Wrote:  The new JMU coach can't be happy ...he may not last long

From what I was told today by a prominent JMU supporter Withers was not for moving to the SunBelt. Seems old Everette says with JMU's academic standards he can't recruit the type of players to compete in the SB. Sounds to me like a guy who realizes he has huge advantages over the remaining FCS schools east of the Rockies and wants to build a resume. Come play in the best stadium and enjoy great support facilities! He'll win a lot of games then land a FBS job.

Which ironic b/c if JMU had accepted a potential SBC invite, he would have had a FBS job in 2015.
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(04-16-2014 07:18 PM)GoApps70 Wrote:  
(04-16-2014 07:09 PM)PhillyApp1 Wrote:  That is all posture. EV is way to competitive. He was an NFL coach. Highest paid college DC. Head coach at UnC. Assistant head coach at OSU.....his days are numbered if this stays the same.

I have no idea why he took that job at JMU. Should have stayed at Ohio State I thought. Him being an App State grad am rooting for him, but there were several posters who said he wanted to stay FCS.

He was forced out of Ohio State.
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Withers is a good coach and should be able to bring in good talent (already brought in Vad Lee from GT and a WR from South Carolina), but I do wonder about his defense. People are very high on new OC Drew Mehringer who is considered to be a prodigy (only like 26 years old). I think Mehringer is the first to bolt if the DUkes see success. I think a lot of FBS jobs are going to be skeptical of Withers considering he's a career co-ordinator.
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