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Asberry ready for next task and pass play

Asberry ready for next task and pass play

Something is different hearing an academy athlete’s tone of voice during a phone interview. As an example, take my request this week to speak with an Army running back that was coming off his best game of the season. We spoke on a routine day – for a Cadet football player,...

Capra steadily rose up ranks to his opportunity

Capra steadily rose up ranks to his opportunity

Micah Capra practiced dutifully yet watched on Saturdays from the sidelines his first two seasons. Now, though, he is another uncanny example among academy athletes that overcome their inexperience when called upon in the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series. Capra, an Air Force...

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

“The option is still revered at certain high schools, but – despite the zeal of some coaches – the once venerated scheme has been languishing at the college level for years. Now rule changes may doom it there too.” – Sports Illustrated, Oct. 8, 2018 issue.   By Tom...

Bagnall busied himself into first CiC start

Bagnall busied himself into first CiC start

The Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series begins this week, although most of America thinks it starts and finishes with the Army-Navy Game that is annually staged as college football’s final regular season date. That egregiously overlooks the round-robin series involving Air Force...

McCain hero worth recalling at academy games

McCain hero worth recalling at academy games

DURHAM, N.C. -- The world recognized John McCain as a fighter pilot, a decorated war hero, a U.S. Senator from Arizona and a presidential candidate, but the sports world knew the American icon that passed away Saturday at age 81 simply as a rabid fan. He liked to tell a story of...

The evolving triple option at Air Force

The evolving triple option at Air Force

The service academies remain lumped together as triple-option offenses thanks to College Football Hall of Fame coach Fisher DeBerry. A generation ago he laid down the blueprint at Air Force on how to remain competitive with lightly recruited athletes. But take a closer look in...

How Army can catch up to Navy and Air Force

How Army can catch up to Navy and Air Force

          Army football’s steep tumble falling behind Navy and Air Force painfully includes a 14-game losing streak to the Midshipmen, but the holes to be filled have been obvious nearly 20 years. Since 1996, the last time the Black Knights won the...

Walker forecasts clear sailing for West Point

Walker forecasts clear sailing for West Point

Army running back Kell Walker and his junior classmates open the 2018 football season having never lost to Navy. That sentence is worth reading again. Understand that for a decade-plus classes of Army players went through West Point without beating Navy -- not once. The Black...

The best story in college football

The best story in college football

Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw is the best story in college football. Anyone unaware of that opinion should consider tuning into the 118th Army-Navy Game that is upon us on Saturday in Philadelphia.Bradshaw’s West Point story began with having survived “Chiraq” – Chicago’s South...

Air Force players explain Army and Navy mutual respect

Air Force players explain Army and Navy mutual respect

Television networks spent the past week low-lighting poor sportsmanship as a ratings tool to promote traditional college football rivalries. Fight scenes were exploited because animosity sells. It’s fed by vitriol spilling over to social media.But that’s not the Army-Navy Game...