BOONE, N.C. - As has seemingly become the norm, Appalachian State University football made history once again on Tuesday when it became the first non-Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS - formerly Division I-A) program to ever receive votes in the season's final Associated Press college football poll. Appalachian received five points in the final 2007 AP poll, good for a tie for 34th.
Appalachian's monumental 34-32 victory at No. 5 Michigan in the 2007 season opener precipitated a change in the AP policy, which previously allowed only FBS programs to be eligible for inclusion in its college football poll. Thanks to the so-called "Appalachian State Rule," ASU received 19 points (good for 33rd overall) in its first week of eligibility (Sept. 9) and five points (34th) in voting for the Sept. 16 poll.
The Mountaineers received more points in the final AP poll than 30 teams that participated in bowls and finished tied with South Florida, which was ranked as high as No. 2 in the AP poll during the 2007 campaign. After being vanquished by the Apps in the season opener, Michigan went on to finish the season at No. 18 following its impressive win over Florida in the Capital One Bowl.
MOORE HONORED BY FIELDTURF: Appalachian head coach Jerry Moore was named the FieldTurf/Howie Long NCAA Division I FCS Coach of the Year on Monday evening at the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) convention in Anaheim, Calif.
This is the inaugural year for the FieldTurf/Howie Long awards, which are given in 11 different categories and voted on by Howie Long and FieldTurf Tarkett executives, a group that included several former NFL stars. Other award winners included Bill Belichick (NFL Coach of the Year), the New England Patriots (NFL Team of the Year), Missouri's Gary Pinkel (FBS Coach of the Year) and Ohio State (FBS Team of the Year).
On Wednesday, Moore will find out if he is the recipient of a third-straight AFCA Coach of the Year award. The prestigious honor is set to be presented during the annual AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the Anaheim Hilton.
SOCON RIVAL LAUDS ASU: Southern Conference-rival The Citadel presented ASU director of athletics Charlie Cobb with a letter congratulating Appalachian on its unprecedented third-straight national championship at halftime of Saturday's men's basketball contest between the Mountaineers and Bulldogs in Charleston, S.C.
The letter reads:
Dear Mr. Cobb:
On behalf of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, please extend our most sincere congratulations to Coach Jerry Moore, the coaches, staff and athletes of the Mountaineer football program, and the entire Appalachian State University community on winning the 2007 Football Championship Subdivision national title.
We look forward to the annual competition on the football field with your outstanding university, and we take great pride in the fact that the Southern Conference continually ranks among the nation's best. With an almost unprecedented three consecutive national championships, Appalachian State University plays a large part in supporting that claim.
With the exception of your contests with The Citadel Bulldogs, we send best wishes for continued football success in the future, and sincere thanks for keeping the Southern Conference in the national spotlight.
John W. Rosa
Lieutenant General, USAF (Retired)
Director of Athletics