Appalachian State University football coach Jerry Moore will be honored in conjunction with the school’s inaugural Sun Belt Conference home game against South Alabama on Oct. 4, the university said Thursday.
Moore, who compiled a 215-87 record and won three NCAA Division I FCS national championships (2005, 2006 and 2007) in 24 seasons as coach at Appalachian State (1989-2012), will be recognized during pregame and in-game events.
Prior to the game, all fans are invited to a meet-and-greet with Jerry and Margaret Moore at Kidd Brewer Stadium’s Sen. Jim Broyhill “Welcome To The Rock” Entrance Plaza, located on the northeast side of the stadium at the corner of Stadium Drive and Jack Branch Drive. The Moores will greet fans and sign autographs at the celebration, which will include a commemorative Jerry Moore souvenir for the first 5,000 fans and complementary refreshments.
Following the meet-and-greet, the festivities move inside the stadium, where the National Football Foundation will recognize Moore for his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame with its venerable On-Campus Salute.
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The On-Campus Salute stands as one of the NFF College Football Hall of Fame’s most hallowed traditions that began with the inaugural class in 1951. Many inductees have cited it as the ultimate experience associated with their Hall of Fame induction, providing them with one more chance to take the field in front of the home crowd. Moore will enter the field through a tunnel lined by family and former Mountaineer student-athletes and receive his official Hall of Fame plaque, which will remain on permanent display at Appalachian State.
The on-field pregame ceremony will also include an Appalachian tribute to the Moores, led by Chancellor Sheri N. Everts. Additional recognitions and tributes will be held throughout the game.
Times for the Oct. 4 events will not be finalized until kickoff is set for the game. Per the Sun Belt’s television agreement with ESPN, game times are to be announced no later than 12 days prior to kickoff.