Mark Foltz - AStateNation

Arkansas State had its best single day of athletics ever.

November 17 was the biggest single day for AState

Ain’t never been nothing like it at AState.

Red Wolves fans got their first treat of the day when the Sun Belt announced all-conference honors for volleyball.

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Nothing big just Clarissa May being named Offensive Player of the Year, Markie Schaedig won Defensive Player of the Year. Mallory Warrington won Setter of the Year and Kenzie Fields won Freshman of the Year. To cap it off David Rehr won Coach of the Year again. Five of the seven top award went to AState. Half of the all-conference first team was Red Wolves.

The Red Wolves now prepare to defend their Sun Belt title and try to earn their way to the NCAA Tournament.

Pretty nice day.

We settled in for the first national TV appearance for Grant McCasland’s men’s basketball team and AState popped out to a lead. The lead grew and grew some more. It went to double digits, it went to 20 it went to 23.

Mitchell Layton - Arkansas State Athletics
Georgetown. One national title, runner-ups three times, five Final Four appearances, nine Elite Eight appearances, eleven Sweet 16 appearances. They have 29 more NCAA Tournament appearances than AState. Georgetown. Serious basketball.

The Hoyas mounted a furious comeback but the Red Wolves were able to hold them off and garnered one of the biggest wins in program history.

Grant McCasland over the course of two hours became one of the most popular people associated with AState. This is a fun team to watch. Aggressive on offense, unfazed by the Georgetown press, and entertaining to boot.

As they say in the commercials…

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

AState football travels to Troy to play the #25 team in the AP poll. The Trojans had been crowned the darling of Sun Belt football after a late score lifted them past the reigning Sun Belt darling Appalachian State to become 8-1 and the first Sun Belt football team to be ranked by the AP.

Clayton Holtze - Arkansas State Athletics
For some reason AState’s four Sun Belt titles in five years has never resulted in the Red Wolves being picked to win the league and since 2001 the only times Coach of the Year honor did not go to a coach who won a share of the title the title had been won by AState. The Red Wolves just can’t fit into the league darling slot.

After a quarter Troy lead 3-0 and was averaging just over 3.9 yards per play while AState barely averaged one yard per play. At the half AState had a slim 7-3 lead and Troy’s offense was down to just under 3.4 yard per play while AState’s average had become 2.9 yard per play.

The third quarter started with a sack and a fumble recovered for a touchdown. By the time the third quarter was over AState held a commanding 28-3 lead over the ranked Trojans. Troy had boosted its yard per play to almost 4.4 but AState’s average had grown to 5.1 yards per play.

Troy mounted a final threat that ended with a Justin Clifton interception at the nine. Chad Voytik led an incredible 16 play 91 yard touchdown drive that consumed nearly eleven minutes and ended any thoughts of a Troy comeback and put the Red Wolves alone atop the Sun Belt standings.

So in the course of a few hours, AState was recognized as the dominant program in volleyball. Put people on notice that AState men’s basketball is relevant again. Then topped the night by sending notice that AState is still not ready to hand it’s football reign over to yet another heir-apparent.

November 17, 2016. AState Red Wolves Day, going to be hard to top that one. I expect many great things but that many on a single day will be hard to beat.