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Army rebuilding began with old Navy coach

Army rebuilding began with old Navy coach

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson found himself reflecting on his coaching tree Tuesday on the weekly Atlantic Coast Conference coaches call.First the Yellow Jackets’ head coach was asked about former assistant Brian Bohannon building a new program at Kennesaw State. The Owls only...

Army receives and delivers push at right time

Army receives and delivers push at right time

One good push in the back from Army fullback Andy Davidson deserves another.Davidson drew praise from the CBS broadcasters Ben Holden and Jay Feely for pushing quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw in the back on key short-yardage plays that helped the Black Knights beat Duke last week,...

Navy plugs in another interchangeable part

Navy plugs in another interchangeable part

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s father Steve coached as a Navy assistant for 34 years from 1956 to 1989, but the Midshipmen's success with interchangeable parts makes you wonder if the influence of Steve’s son has spread to Annapolis. Bill Belichick’s Patriots are...

Air Force still playing for a bowl game

Air Force still playing for a bowl game

Air Force’s season goals start with winning the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy and claiming the Mountain West Conference title. The Falcons lost two of their first three games this season, but they were encouraging losses that seemed to leave their goals within reach. Coaches don’t...

Veterans Day observations upon returning home to states

Veterans Day observations upon returning home to states

NOTE: Col. Rick Steinke, my long-time friend from Big Rapids, Mich., is a West Point graduate that has been teaching at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. He wrote this story based on many observations on a return trip to the states.By Colonel...

Kell Walker lifting Army and his station in life

Kell Walker lifting Army and his station in life

We’ve reached a place in American sports when generational wealth stories have become run-of-the-mill yarns spun at every NFL Draft.The narrative: A prospect from an impoverished background is called to the stage. Having won the athletic gene pool lottery at birth, he develops...

Honoring veterans and school volunteers

Honoring veterans and school volunteers

The upcoming Veteran's Day is a good time to remember one of my favorite stories in my career. I wrote it on U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard in 1992 for the San Diego Union-Tribune. The chance to be in the presence of a Medal of Honor recipient with his medal was...

This Air Force game is different for Army

This Air Force game is different for Army

Army’s players say preparing to face Air Force has been the same this year as for any other showdown in the coveted Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy round-robin series that includes Navy.Yes, it’s true this year the Black Knights are 6-2 entering Saturday's game against the Falcons...

Air Force kicker applies more than his leg

Air Force kicker applies more than his leg

We know the long-standing stereotypes of a kicker. They’re the least athletic players on a football roster. They’re the guys that shop at the same clothing stores as the rest us. They’re not tough enough to be real football players.But what are we to make of kickers at a service...

Josh Adams on long run to Heisman Trophy

Josh Adams on long run to Heisman Trophy

The Heisman Trophy race is playing out like Steve Harvey at the Miss Universe contest. The Heisman pundits prematurely tout the wrong winner.In the preseason, they all wanted to hand the trophy it to USC quarterback Sam Darnold. Oops, wrong name. Darnold opened the...