Appalachian State University football supporters were ecstatic on Thursday when Luke Combs revealed he will be a guest picker on ESPN’s “College Game Day” this weekend. The programme will air Saturday from Sanford Mall in Boone, before the Mountaineers face Troy at 3:30 p.m. The Mountaineers attracted ESPN’s attention last weekend after defeating then-No. 6 Texas A&M 17-14 in College Station. Combs placed second behind App State football legend and ex-Carolina Panther Armanti Edwards in a Charlotte Observer poll asking who should be Saturday’s “College GameDay” choice. He was the Mountaineers’ quarterback when they beat No. 5 Michigan in 2007. Edwards received 2,102 votes, or 50 percent of the 4,170 votes cast. Combs received 1,377 votes (33%); artist Eric Church received 315 (8%); WWE wrestler Charlotte Flair received 193 (5%); NBA player and Davidson College graduate Steph Curry received 90 (2%); and Other received 103 (2%). “Now listen,” Combs said on Twitter and Instagram just after 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

He was wearing an App State cap but didn’t specify where he was going.

Could the scene have taken place in a restaurant in Boone? Behind him, an App State clock, App State signs, and football jerseys hung on the walls.

“Today I offer my ALL for Appalachian State,” read a placard fashioned like the Tar Heel state. We thought it was Macado’s on West King Street, but it wasn’t, according to a waiter who spoke to The Charlotte Observer. He’s been there previously, but not recently, according to the server. She placed us on hold as she checked with others. She affirmed that no one had seen him. But let’s return to Combs’ announcement for a moment. In his 42-second Twitter video, he said, “You know your son has a performance in Green Bay Friday night.” “Unfortunately, he also has a gig on Saturday night.” According to his tour schedule, he will also perform in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday night. ‘I’M GOING TO BE THE GUEST PICKER.’ “The logistics were really challenging, but we got it done, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” he added. “Boone: This week I’ll be a guest selector on ‘College GameDay.'” Don’t even ask who I’m going to select. You know who I’m going to choose, sweetie.

“We’ll catch you up there.” Next, we went to the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce in search of an answer, and bingo. According to the woman who answered the phone, no restaurant in Boone has such a display on its walls. She confirmed this with others in the workplace. I have no place here. They, too, watched Combs’ video and noticed a Carolina Panthers shirt on a wall.

The solution seemed obvious. They determined that Combs was in his Nashville home’s “man cave.”

DEEP LOVE IN APP STATE Saturday will serve as a sort of collegiate homecoming for the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Combs was born in Huntersville and spent eight years there before relocating to Asheville. According to, he attended App State while working as a bouncer and performing at the nearby Town Tavern. According to Taste of Country, he dropped out at the conclusion of his senior year to pursue a career in country music.