Allow us to take a brief moment to celebrate the retirement of Appalachian State football coach Jerry Moore, who quietly called it quits after 24 years in Boone.
Moore is the winningest football coach in the school's history, as well as in the history of the Southern Conference. He posted a 215-87 record as the Mountaineers' coach, with 10 SoCon titles and three straight Divsion 1-AA titles from 2005-07.
Moore's tenure at App is probably best known for the Mountaineers' stunning upset of Michigan in the 2007 season opener, which was the first-ever win by an FCS school over a top-25 team. But more impressive is the consistency with which the Mountaineers performed while the FBS schools in North Carolina were all over the map over the past two decades.
Moore had been planning to retire after the end of the season but kept his intentions quiet until the season was over so as not to be a distraction. Appalachian went 8-4 this season, winning the SoCon for the 7th time in 8 years and making the FCS playoffs for the 8th straight year before falling to Illinois State 38-37 in overtime in the second round.
Our best wishes to a classy guy in his retirement and we wish Appalachian the best in finding his successor.
Editor's note: According to Tommy Bowman at the Winston-Salem Journal there is some confusion about whether Moore retired on his own or was forced to do so. App State AD Charlie Cobb said it was agreed that Moore would retired at the end of the 2012 season but Moore has said he thought he would come back for one more year. Despite the crossed signals, Moore has chosen a classy and quiet exit rather than making a fuss.