What Winning a Bowl Game could mean for Appalachian State
It is no secret that Appalachian State is a profound university.
However, it’s also no secret that App State wasn’t fully seen on the map until we earned back to back to back National Championships in football. Since then it could be argued that our football publicity is rooted in those National Championships and not in the present moment. 2 years ago App State was a FCS team and although their wins last season would allow them to play in a bowl, their recent transition to the Sun Belt would not.
But look at us now. Our Mountaineers ended the season with 11 wins and their first ever bowl game appearance and win, making App State the talk of many towns and leaving all students and fans in anticipation for the following football season. Winning a bowl game during the first eligible year in a new conference is undoubtedly a way to make a statement.
App State is already growing in numbers, having a total enrollment of approximately 18,000 this year. This year was also said to have the most diverse first-year student
population in history. App State has been recognized by many accredited magazines and reviews world wide, including Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2016, Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” and “Green Colleges,” and Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck.”
There is no discussion that football is the biggest money grabber when it comes to Appalachian State athletics, so with our football team back on the rise we should expect more interested alumni, a bigger fan base, and more interested high school students. This means more tours walking around our campus commenting on the bi-polar weather, the slack liners, the sun bathing brothers on Sanford mall, and whatever else their wandering eyes feast upon.
Hopefully because of our successful football season, students will carry the energy throughout other sports seasons such as basketball this winter and softball and baseball
Winning the Camellia Bowl has opened new doors for Appalachian State and it will be an adventure to see how the university grows in the next year and beyond.