BOONE, N.C. (AP) Jerry Moore, who led Appalachian State to an unforgettable upset of Michigan and won three straight FCS national championships, won't return to the Mountaineers next season, athletic director Charlie Cobb said Sunday.
Cobb said he and Moore - the winningest coach in school and Southern Conference history - agreed following last season that that this year would be his last, but Moore didn't want to make the decision public during the season because he wanted to keep the attention on the field.
``During his 24 years of loyal service to Appalachian State University, Coach Moore's contribution to the institution is far greater than his success on the field,'' Chancellor Kenneth Peacock said. ``He touched the lives of many young people and made life better for them. He will be missed but never forgotten at Appalachian State.''
Appalachian State's season ended Saturday with a 38-37 overtime loss to Illinois State in the second round of the playoffs. The Mountaineers finished 8-4, won their seventh SoCon title in eight years and made the playoffs for the eighth straight year.
Moore was 215-87 in 24 seasons with the Mountaineers and won three straight national titles from 2005-07. He's perhaps most famous for shocking the then-fifth-ranked Wolverines in the 2007 opener - the first win for an FCS school against an AP Top 25 team.
He was 242-135-2 in 31 seasons as a college head coach, ranking him 15th on the Division I all-time list, and won 10 SoCon championships with 18 postseason appearances.
The school said assistant head coach Scott Satterfield will serve as the interim coach while it launches a national search to find Moore's permanent replacement.
NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets.
While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:
Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears.
Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks.
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Playing three games in four days takes a toll on even the fittest athletes, and it was their sluggish start that doomed the Capitals in a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
After being noncomittal about his starting goalie all weekend, Coach Barry Trotz put Philipp Grubauer in net. Grubauer ended up making 29 saves on 34 shots. Offensively, the Caps got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Chandler Stephenson, and John Carlson. Carlson's third period goal cut the Flyers' lead to two with a little over three minutes to go, but a Jakub Voracek empty-netter a few moments later was the nail in the coffin.
Here are your three stars from the game:
1. Travis Boyd had the play of the game for the Capitals. Boyd carried the puck into the Flyer's zone, cut through multiple defenders and fired a slick shot to a streaking Ovechkin, who burried the puck in the back of the net. Check it out:
Not only was the play nice on its own, but it was Boyd's first NHL point. Not a bad way to get it.
2. Shayne Gostisbehere got the Flyers going with his goal in the first period. The defenseman had one goal on five shots along with being an intimidating force in the defensive zone. After going six weeks without scoring, today's goal was Gostisbehere's second goal in three games.
3. Wayne Simmonds was the best offensive player on the ice on Sunday, scoring twice - both in the final period. It was the 22nd and 23rd goals of the season for the 29-year-old winger. It was also the first multi-goal game for Simmonds since Opening Night, when he had two against San Jose.
The Caps hit the ice next on Tuesday, when they welcome the Dallas Stars to the Capital One Center.