In 2020, Marshall added Appalachian State to its soccer calendar in a late change after confusion due to COVID-19.Friday morning, the 2021 clash between the teams also changed, but it is more of a luxury than a necessity.
The 2021 competition between two former Southern Conference rivals at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina, has been moved from September 25 to September 23.
The game has been moved to television considerations. According to the Appalachian State version, the start time and network will be announced this summer. Thursday night's clash will likely be affiliated with ESPN, according to sources and app state football.
The game is the first of a home series between the teams that was originally signed in 2015 by Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick and Appalachian State Athletic Director Doug Gillin. It was one of Gillin "s first series signed as Appalachian State Athletic Director, occurring two months after he was at work.
Last year"s game occurred after both teams "s non-conference schedules were destroyed by cancellations and conference rules in terms of games that let everyone fight for games.
Marshall then defeated ... No. 23 Appalachian State 17-7 in a defensive battle at Joan C. Edwards Stadium( app state football).
This year's battle will be one of the first games for new coach Marshall Charles Huff, who inherits a wealth of talent from a team that finished 7-3 and as the Eastern Conference champions.
Press Conference of Head Coach (app state football)
i've been a head coach for four years and i'm sure i'll have all kinds of different scenarios but being up eight with 30 seconds but credit texas state they were making tough threes and um was trying to get to a foul there at the end but didn't wasn't able to execute it credit them they made a shot but so proud of our guys for regrouping getting overtime toughing it out and finding a way to win but overall just an incredible college basketball game thank you coach this time we'll go to questions uh you kind of referenced it a little bit about the challenges of coming back you know but what did you kill i just we studied adversity in the preseason and and i just reminded them of that hey listen uh we studied this and uh we've got to regroup make the next play the game is not over so don't act like it's over and um i i thought our bench really rallied some guys up especially justin forrest who you know missed the game-winning free throw and he really got lifted up and then you know seeing that ball go in the basket for him was huge and app state football.
But um you know it wasn't easy you know you're up eight and 30 seconds and and you know certainly that's not easy but um you know i thought just an incredible all right don and gregory but that's basketball that's basketball but credit him credit his teammates for lifting him up getting them through the moment and guess what when it really really mattered he made him incredibly proud of him and and and the grit that he showed best shooting day honestly had a great game but missed some shots but when it came down to it all of them took care of business on the court how does that make you feel about your team well incredibly great people in our locker room that really care for one another and uh listen i credit texas state they're the top defensive team in the league i think we're second but um they're not you're not gonna get any easy looks against those guys and so um our guy's missing shots you know what that's that's part of it but justin forrest 14 for 17 from the free throw line that's incredible um and so um but i thought defensively we got critical stops when we needed to get stops and um we went on a really good run there defensively we yeah we got some shots to them but we got stops um and just a just a great college.
Basketball game tournament play marge madness here we are talking specifically on honesty he did a little bit of everything for you including hitting a huge shot how much did he mean to your team tonight a lot you know certainly primary ball handler but you know he's got some moxie to him he's got some um some attitude to him in a good way he lifts others and um you know you know certainly he said after the game this is why i came here that's why i came here to play for this opportunity he said that in the tunnel before we got the locker room and so you know he left it on the floor he was the only one all of our guys i mean all of our guys make some big moments on both ends i know you're used to playing back-to-backs especially this season but our back-to-back close games and a tournament atmosphere more grueling oh yeah for sure but that's what you expect.
you know this is the third most competitive league in the country and so uh i'm not surprised by it you know right before us arkansas state and georgia is a close game like there's going to be a lot of close games it's march madness um neutral court this is fun though this is what you played for this is what you're in the in the october um you know weight room sessions and and the conditioning and and the in the extra film sessions this is what you do it for the extra shooting to have this opportunity and my experience you get to the semifinals it's uh it's open ball game uh how did you adjust on both ends of the floor when james lewis had to leave the game
So at halftime and i credit james for being a team guy said coach i really want to go but i don't want to hurt the team i just can't do it defensively and so um credit rj dewhard i don't know if he came out in the second half he he gave us some huge minutes uh especially him and donovan playing with four fouls we went zone we got down 8 10 maybe we went zone it really changed the game but then they got comfortable we went back man and um and so but that [Music] helped us uh you know get them out of rhythm offensively the first 37 minutes of the game the two teams scored 100 points total and then in the last eight minutes you guys combined to score about 30 points including a guy like ashbury who was over seven from behind the arc and hits those long threes what changed down the stretch in the game good players there's a lot of good players on the court has been very sure not wide open neither were our players our players made tough shots [Music] there's a lot of good players out there and um and that's what happens um good players make good plays was there any advantage for you and already having played a game in this tournament do you think i think so i think so my experience as a coach i think that uh especially the first game and i've been a part of the we're in their situation where you're you're sitting there waiting it's not easy the pressure's on you the other team's got to win the other team's got some confidence i definitely you know certainly thought it was an advantage uh one final question advantage of absolutely having a day off before one final question you'll play coastal tomorrow for the first time this season uh how much have you scouted them and what do you know about them not recently but when we were shut down with our paws we were we thought and then when we came off pause because we had georgia state cancelled and so we were trying to test out of quarantine and so we were ready to go with coastal uh i watched several games during quarantine and then all of a sudden we realized we weren't gonna be able to get out and those games got canceled so we've had the preparation up to that point obviously we'll catch up with the recent games thank you very much for your time tonight coach we really appreciate it and uh good luck and we'll see you tomorrow shortly and i was correct hello justin can you hear me okay yeah i can hear you how you doing good good thank you very much for taking the time to join us tonight uh we're going i'm going to be asking you all the questions that the media have for you this evening all right our first question for you uh relates to the overtime you had a huge three with 216 to go then you grabbed a key rebound and hit two free throws what what were you thinking at that point in the game when when you needed to have some big shots um i just knew it was winning time um and we had to pull away at that moment we had an opportunity and we had to take advantage of it uh my teammates kept hearing me on kept giving me that confidence and uh we all just knew it was time so we had to do we needed to do you had 28 points in the game you shot great from the line you did miss a free throw in the final seconds that gave them the chance to come back was that weighing on your mind at all in overtime um my teammate it was going into the huddle before over time but you know my coaches and teammates we they preached next makes our next play mentality and uh that's what i did you know it was over with nothing i could do about it at that point i knew we had to go out and play another five minutes and over to get the job done you have an eight-point lead with about a minute to go in the game and then they hit some miracle shots to force overtime how tough is it to get yourself focused again to play the overtime period um well we know the game is not over until you see triple zeros and you know they hit some tough shots uh going into that that late second half to put us into overtime and we knew we just had to come out and play harder over time so we wouldn't have to go into another one uh credit their team like i said down the stretch they did they made some incredible shots but you know they weren't hitting all the games so it was expectable but we just needed to do what we did to get the job done and we did this question was asked if your coach also you're used to [Music] and but now you've played that really tomorrow and playing again so uh recovery for the next day so we're gonna go back to the hotel watch film take care of our bikes like sup hilla and i'll be ready to come out here and play another game tomorrow hold on i'm waiting to see if we have any additional questions for justin any questions for justin please justin i think you can head back to the locker room and get ready for tomorrow you need your rest thank you for joining us no problem thank you