unnamed-1BOONE, NC– Reportedly seeking to rejuvenate a football legacy solidified by one-win against a division rival ages ago, Appalachian officials recently unveiled a fossilized cleat from the historic Appalachian/Michigan in the Rankin Geology Museum.

The age-old relic, which belonged to Appalachian legend Armanti Edwards,  is currently displayed in a glass case, but there are plans to move it into a tiny stadium by 2017.

“We’re really excited,” said Geology professor Deborah Quarrels, mentioning that she’d preemptively thrown most of the old exhibits into a cardboard box that student’s can sift through for class if needed. “Now maybe we’ll finally start getting some visitors around here.”

“We’re also hoping this brings some much needed luck to the football team,” she continued. “Hopefully, they’ll be able to beat another real Division 1 team before I retire.”

The incredible discovery was initially made by Michigan construction workers who found the cleat embedded in layers of limestone while renovating Michigan Stadium.

“We received the package and were shocked by its fossilization,” said fellow Geology Professor Phil Pembrook. “It’s hard to believe we’ve been perpetuating this archaic legacy for so long without any physical proof that it actually happened.”

“Luckily, we focused so much time and energy into football since that victory that this is a huge deal,” he continued, “I mean, we could have built up the university so it was known for it’s academics with all the attention we received, but that’s just not as cool. Plus, we got a really cool rock out of it.”

Campus Geology majors, however, have admitted they’re not all that thrilled about the acquisition.

“I’d really prefer to have the museum stay intact,” said Senior Alan Trevors. “That game was cool and all, but there’s not much more I can learn about a shoe from 2007.”

“Yeah, we don’t take real classes anymore either,” added Junior Brianna Levinson. “Every teacher just talks about the game now and shows us the shoe under a microscope.”

At press time, the fossil had been signed by Armanti Edward,  further bolstering the historic significance of the geological discovery.