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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...

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...

DeBerry provided service academy blueprint

DeBerry provided service academy blueprint

My story, re-posted from the National Football Foundation's Football Matters, on Fisher DeBerry.By Tom ShanahanFisher 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...

Calhoun navigates succeeding a legend

Calhoun navigates succeeding a legend

Ten years ago, Troy Calhoun left the comfort of an NFL offensive coordinator’s job – often a stepping-stone to becoming and NFL head coach — to take on one of the toughest head coaching challenges in college football.That statement, you might be thinking, refers to coaching at a...

Air Force bounces Boise on the blue carpet

Air Force bounces Boise on the blue carpet

Fisher DeBerry either went to bed late Friday night a happy man or dozed off and will wake up Saturday morning to news that will delight him.Air Force’s College Football Hall of Famer returned home to his native roots in South Carolina upon retiring following the 2006 season and...

NFL Combine not on radar for Conant

NFL Combine not on radar for Conant

NFL aspirations are in the air these days with the NFL Combine for eligible college football players about to open Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis. Academy athletes aren’t routinely part of such a mix with their five-year military commitment awaiting them, and Air Force’s...

Air Force and Griffin taking to the pass again

Air Force and Griffin taking to the pass again

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun did the heavy lifting to land Falcons starting tight end Garrett Griffin in the recruiting Class of 2012, but he had a head start, thanks to Hall of Fame coach coach Fisher DeBerry. DeBerry was still Air Force’s head coach in 2005 when Griffin...