Few college football programs go higher than Appalachia, which is breaking out with a No. 6 loss to Texas A&M and will host “College GameDay” this weekend. With so much hype around his team, Mountaineers head coach Sean Clark found a crappy way to make sure his team didn’t lose focus.
Conversation with Ian Fitzsimmons on ESPN RadioClarke noted that Appalachian State had already experienced several sharp ups and downs in just two games. Clarke credited the team for quickly recovering from a brutal loss to North Carolina.
“We had two emotional weeks,” Clarke said. “Being defeated 63-61 by North Carolina and then heading to No. 6 A&M. It’s no different than when we lost to North Carolina. We lost and we have a 24 hour rule. came back that Tuesday, I had a tough Tuesday. I had a great week of training.”
Now climbers have the opposite problem. They can’t afford to go too high when Troy arrives at the conference. To keep his players from reading too many press clippings, Clark bought mousetraps and placed them all over the hall at Boone.
“It’s no different after a big win and everyone pats your stomach and says how good you are,” Clarke said. We have placed little mouse traps throughout the building. Don’t take cheese. Don’t forget what brought you here. I know our players are excited. A strong team from Troy is coming to Boone this weekend. Coach (John) Sumrall has done a fantastic job putting his mark on things. You can tell from the way they are playing now that they are playing at a different level than they did last year.”
As it turns out, the mousetrap tactic worked. Quarterback Chase Bryce hit Christian Horn.in the final game of the game to give App State a wild 32–28 victory over Troy.