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Chip Kelly visits Annapolis

Chip Kelly visits Annapolis

The last two guys that need help running an option offense are Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo and offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper. This is their 10th season serving those roles in a golden era for Navy football.They’ve been working side-by-side in Annapolis longer than that....

Army seeking third level in triple option

Army seeking third level in triple option

Army running backs stepping through the spring drills with added bounce are savoring this thought: The Black Knights broke through with an 8-5 record last year despite lacking a full “triple” in their triple-option offense.What if the Army manages to add more explosive plays from...

Rollie Stichweh serving Army then and now

Rollie Stichweh serving Army then and now

By Tom Shanahan for the National Football Foundation’s Football Matters History links Army football’s 1964 and 2016 wins over Navy as two of the more emotional triumphs in the rivalry’s 117 meetings. Although separated by a half-century-plus, Rollie Stichweh enjoyed a hand...

DeBerry provided service academy blueprint

DeBerry provided service academy blueprint

Fisher DeBerry received a special delivery one day six years ago. It was a box from the National Football Foundation. Inside were a commemorative football and a letter recognizing his election to the College Football Hall of Fame.The retired Air Force head coach of 23 seasons...

Service Academy hoops teams trying to rebound

Service Academy hoops teams trying to rebound

San Diego State’s Steve Fisher sat before ESPN cameras on Christmas Day and was asked how his basketball team handled San Francisco’s new Princeton-style offense to win the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii. Dons Coach Kyle Smith brought the offense with him from his former Ivy...

Ahmad Bradshaw breaks through with drama

Ahmad Bradshaw breaks through with drama

The reluctant Army quarterback propelled the Black Knights to their first bowl game in six years. And then for the dramatic finish to the story he scored the game-winning touchdown to end a 14-year losing streak to Navy.Ah, now that’s a compelling Hollywood script on Ahmad...

Adam West and Navy ready for for bowl game

Adam West and Navy ready for for bowl game

This year’s college football bowl season buzz is suddenly about players skipping second-tier games to protect their NFL future.LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey both declared for the NFL Draft and subsequently announced they won’t...

Three academy bowl teams overlap with history

Three academy bowl teams overlap with history

It’s momentous for Army, Navy and Air Force to all earn bowl bids this season. It’s only the second time, and it points to Army rising to a level among Navy and Air Force to flirt with top-25 rankings.This picture of service-academy success is also marked by a dark historical...

Ahmad Bradshaw lives up to West Point promise

Ahmad Bradshaw lives up to West Point promise

Sometimes your best scouting report to predict the Army-Navy Game comes from the quarterback’s high school coach.In the 2015 spring drills, Army’s Ahmad Bradshaw emerged as the leading candidate for the starting job under center to open the season.Click here for the rest of my...

Tillman family story better than Snoop Dogg

Tillman family story better than Snoop Dogg

NOTE: I'm reposting this story I wrote on Jamir Tillman before the 2016 Army-Navy Game. The story was originally published Dec. 9, 2016.Let’s pretend for a moment we live in world that sells the steak instead of the sizzle.Pretend that an educational PBS show can draw better...