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BOONE, N.C. -- Shortly after Appalachian State pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in modern college football history by winning at Michigan on Saturday, the goalpost came crashing down.
More than 600 miles away. In Appalachian State's own stadium.
A few minutes after the Mountaineers stunned No. 5 Michigan 34-32 in the Big House, a group of Appalachian State students climbed a fence and tore down a goalpost in their own house. They carried the goalpost more than a mile from Kidd Brewer Stadium to the front yard of Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock's home.
"It's all right," Peacock said, after celebrating with hundreds of Mountaineers fans in the parking lot outside the school's football stadium late Saturday night. "As good as today was for Appalachian State, they can take it up there and put it down. I can't wait to get there and see it."
(ETSU's campus police would have arrested hundreds of kids for interrupting a medical school dinner)
The Mountaineers couldn't wait to get back to Boone. After beating the Wolverines, the team flew back to an airport in Johnson City, Tenn., about 55 miles from campus. The team's four buses were greeted 10 miles from town by a caravan of fire trucks, police cars and ambulances.
(App State has to fly into JC because they don't have an airport. Boone has 15,000 people in their town. ETSU can't have football because of UT? Unbelievable)
It probably will end up meaning much, much more to Appalachian State. Only hours after the game, Peacock was dreaming of the impact the victory might have at his school: more applicants for enrollment, more academically qualified freshmen, greater donations from alumni and more school spirit.
(Leadership...He gets it.)
|09-02-2007 07:35 AM