FBS culture is infiltrating FCS. Appalachian State has fired legendary head football coach Jerry Moore after two eight-win seasons. The 73-year-old had led the Mountaineers to seven Southern Conference titles and eight playoff appearances the past eight seasons. The run included three-straight national titles from 2005 to 2007, six top five finishes and, yes, the win over Michigan.
After a 215-87 record, 10 Southern Conference titles and three straight national championships among 18 seasons in the playoffs on a 24-year resume that Mountaineers’ fans will likely never come close to seeing again, Moore made two mistakes — he got old and couldn’t maintain impossible expectations he created with his previous successes.
Moore, after staying for 24 years at the FCS school, had wanted one more year to go out on his own terms. Apparently, those rabid FCS boosters were concerned the Southern Conference would leave them behind.
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