This is the fourth part of a Getting to Know the 2014 Southern Miss football opponents that includes the Golden Eagles' non-conference foes and C-USA home opponents.Appalachian State - Sept. 20, Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, Miss.
About the Appalachian State:
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life and breathtaking location. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university. Known for its value and affordability, Appalachian enrolls over 17,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark. Appalachian, located in Boone, N.C., is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.
Something You May Not Know about Appalachian State:
Appalachian State is ranked as one of the top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine for 2014. The report features schools that deliver a quality education at an affordable price. Appalachian ranked No. 30 in the top 100 colleges for its cost to in-state students. Last year the university was ranked No. 36. Kiplinger's annual rankings consider an institution's four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, financial aid and low sticker price, among other factors.
Notes About the Football Program:
Appalachian won three consecutive Division I FCS (I-AA) national championships in 2005, 2006, and 2007, over the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Delaware, respectively. The Mountaineers are the first FCS team to win three straight national championships since the playoffs began in 1978. They are also the first Division I program to win three consecutive national championships since Army accomplished the feat in 1944, 1945, and 1946. On Sept. 1, 2007, the football team played their season opener at fifth-ranked Michigan in front of the largest crowd to ever witness an ASU football game. Appalachian State beat the Wolverines 34-32 and became the first Division I FCS football team to defeat a Division I FBS team ranked in the AP poll.
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The Head Coach: Scott Satterfield
is in his second season at his alma mater, as the school transitions to the Football Bowl Subdivision member, joining the Sun Belt Conference this season. In his first year, the Mountaineers finished 4-8. Satterfield played quarterback for Orange High School, located in Hillsborough, N.C., from 1989-1991 and then attended Appalachian State from 1991-1995 where he was coached by Jerry Moore. He started 27 games for the Mountaineers and earned first-team all-conference honors as a senior. Satterfield graduated from Appalachian State in 1996 with a degree in physical education.
Kidd Brewer Stadium:
Opened in 1962, Kidd Brewer Stadium was originally named Conrad Stadium after former university trustee and R.J. Reynolds executive William J. Conrad. The stadium was renamed in 1988 for Kidd Brewer who coached the Mountaineers from 1935-38. Nicknamed "The Rock", Kidd Brewer sits at an elevation of 3,280 feet (1,000 m) but is measured at 3,333 feet (1,016 m) for NCAA qualifications. The stadium was the first venue in either North or South Carolina to install artificial turf. The Mountaineers and Elon staged the first game on fake grass in the Carolinas on October 3, 1970. After a 2002 First Round I-AA playoff loss to Maine, Appalachian compiled a 30 game unbeaten streak at Kidd Brewer Stadium that ended on October 20, 2007.
Famous Appalachian State Alums:
Charles Frazier - Novelist, author of Cold Mountain
Don Beaver - Healthcare Mogul, owner of the Charlotte Knights, New Orleans Zephyrs, Hickory Crawdads, and partial owner and member of the board of directors for the Pittsburgh Pirates.