After a 2018 campaign in which his team finished 11-2, former Appalachian State head football coach Scott Satterfield departed for greener pastures, electing to take the Louisville job and try to lead the Cardinals back to prominence.
Some North Carolina fans were keen on bringing Satterfield, one of the hottest young coaches in the country, to Chapel Hill. Instead, they got a second helping of Mack Brown, who returned to Chapel Hill after leaving the program in 1997, while App State tapped Eliah Drinkwitz, the former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for N.C. State, to helm the program.
So far, things worked out pretty well for both teams.
While UNC is 2-1 on the year, already equaling its amount of wins from last season, App State is 2-0 thus far under the guidance of Drinkwitz. The teams will face off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Chapel Hill, with both looking to move a step closer to claiming in-state dominance.
When asked if his familiarity with UNC could help the Mountaineers, Drinkwitz told reporters, "I don’t know if it helps other than to understand to understand how good of football players they are and exactly how big of a challenge it is for us to go play and compete against them."