Appalachian State replaces Florida State in 2017 Puerto Rico Shootout

RALEIGH, NC - DECEMBER 15: Appalachian State Mountaineers forward Craig Hinton (24) and Appalachian State Mountaineers guard Ronshad Shabazz (2) box out North Carolina State Wolfpack forward Ted Kapita (23) during a free throw during the second half of the game between the Appalachian State Mountaineers and the North Carolina State Wolfpack on December 15, 2016 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. NC State defeated Appalachian State 97-64. (Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire)
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The Appalachian State Mountaineers will replace the Florida State Seminoles in the 2017 Puerto Rico Shootout, multiple sources told FanRag Sports on Tuesday.

The Iowa State Cyclones, South Carolina Gamecocks, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, UTEP Miners, Illinois State Red Birds, Boise State Broncos and Western Michigan Broncos will all also highlight the field.

The 2016 Puerto Rico Shootout began during the second week of the last college basketball season. First-round matchups included Xavier against Missouri, Davidson versus Clemson, Arizona State against Northern Iowa and Oklahoma versus Tulane.

This might be unfortunate news for FSU fans. Earlier in the offseason, however, the university inked head coach Leonard Hamilton to a contract extension.

Hamilton has coached the Seminoles for 15 seasons. Excluding the 22 wins he earned in 2006-07 which the NCAA took away, Hamilton owns a 282-196 record at Florida State.  Furthermore, Hamilton has earned ACC coach of the year twice in 2009 and 2012. He is actually the only coach ever to win multiple coach of the year awards in both the ACC and Big East.

As for the Mountaineers, Appalachian State has won nine games in each of the last two seasons. The program hasn’t gone to the NCAA Tournament since the 1999-2000 season.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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