Appalachian State Reportedly Using An Absurd Plan To Keep Players Focused

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Appalachian State coaches reportedly have an unbelievable plan to keep players focused ahead of the game against Troy.

The Mountaineers are coming off a monster upset win against Texas A&M, and the program has been rewarded with a ton of national attention and College GameDay visiting campus Saturday.

How are the coaches making sure nobody loses their focus? The staff has placed mouse traps all over the place so players know to not “take the cheese,” according to a 93.3 The Planet host.

Why is this necessary for Appalachian State?

It’s hard to believe this is real, but here we are. How are mouse traps going to keep everyone focused?

These are young men we’re talking about. Hopefully, Appalachian State doesn’t have a roster full of young children easily impressed by gimmicks and tricks.

App. State has a bold motivation plan. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

As Doug Gottlieb pointed out on Twitter in response to the story, this is an old idea from Bill Parcells, but I’m not sure that makes it really any better.

If Appalachian State needs extra motivation against Troy, head coach Shawn Clark might want to find some new players because they’re in it for all the wrong reasons. If you’re not motivated after knocking off a top 10 team, I don’t know what to tell you.

Finally, imagine if one of these traps is set and a player accidentally breaks a toe because they stepped in it while walking around the facility. How much money would you pay to be in the room to watch the coaches explain that to the AD? I think we’d all pay a lot.

Appalachian State uses mouse traps for motivation. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

We’ll see how it all shakes out for App. State Saturday against Troy. For the sake of the coaches who came up with this plan, they better win.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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