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He wanted to be an Army officer over the NFL

He wanted to be an Army officer over the NFL

“I’d like to be an example for the future, but the truth is everyone here is an example. I wouldn’t change my decision to come here."-- Army senior center Bryce Holland as a freshman in 2014.By Tom ShanahanBryce Holland committed as a rare 3-star prospect to Army five years ago....

James Nachtigal tells familiar West Point story

James Nachtigal tells familiar West Point story

James Nachtigal explained how he surprised himself ending up at West Point. It’s unique to him, but Army players have told similar tales throughout Tucker Waugh's career pounding the recruiting trail as a Black Knights assistant coach. “Coach Waugh showed up at my school one...

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...

Army faces Oklahoma in throwback affair

Army faces Oklahoma in throwback affair

Army’s trip to face No. 5-ranked Oklahoma Saturday represents an interesting throwback game. The reasons are beyond simply that the schools last played in 1961, with the Sooners winning 14-8 in a marquee event at the old Yankee Stadium. In those days, the Black Knights routinely...

Duke protects Jones and stretches Army

Duke protects Jones and stretches Army

DURHAM, N.C. – For Duke to challenge Miami in the ACC Coastal Division during a year it also plays Atlantic Division member Clemson, the Blue Devils need to show they can defeat double-digit victory teams. That made Army a fitting test. The Black Knights’ 10-3 record a year ago...

Army fullback Darnell Woolfolk in his words

Army fullback Darnell Woolfolk in his words

Prelude Four years ago Army senior fullback Darnell “Butch” Woolfolk had yet to pick up his nickname and had just about lost hope of fulfilling a dream to play Division I college football. The silence was deafening as the February 2014 signing date approached.Woolfolk was...

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...

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.Jeff Monken has rebuilt Army's historic program and Brian Bohannon has founded Kennesaw State from the ground up as a third-year program....

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...