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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...

Timing perfect for Polu to visit paradise

Timing perfect for Polu to visit paradise

Every January the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame enshrines a new class and names its pro and college players of the year. The weekend in Hawaii includes a Polynesian high school all-star game and a skills camp. What better place for Jarvis Polu to kick off any hopes to contend...

Navy sinks debate about conference play

Navy sinks debate about conference play

Despite some doomsday predictions joining the American Athletic Conference could backfire on Navy football, not much has changed as the Midshipmen enter their fourth year in the league.Navy has posted winning seasons all three years, captured the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in...

Reptapping Michigan State and Hawaii roots

Reptapping Michigan State and Hawaii roots

Jacob Isaia first traveled to Spartan Stadium as a sixth-grader growing up in Hawaii. His grandfather, Michigan State Hall of Famer Bob Apisa, brought him to a 2011 game that left a memorable impression.Kirk Cousins’ Hail Mary touchdown pass to Keith Nichol upset unbeaten and No....

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...

Another Hall of Fame tour for Bob Apisa

Another Hall of Fame tour for Bob Apisa

Bob Apisa’s Hall of Fame tour continues into 2018.The two-time All-American Michigan State fullback was named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, the organization announced on Tuesday at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani that is hard by Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.His selection...

Army rolls and Navy sails on opening night

Army rolls and Navy sails on opening night

Ignore the fact that Army’s 64-6 victory at home over Fordham fails to balance favorably on college football’s scales with Navy’s 42-19 win at Florida Atlantic in Friday night openers.Fordham is a Football Championship Subdivision member, Florida Atlantic a...

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....

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 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, Navy and Air...

Navy and Temple coaches ruled AAC over Herman

Navy and Temple coaches ruled AAC over Herman

Temple’s Matt Ruhle is young enough that he may leave when the time is right, but give the 41-year-old head coach credit for returning to the Owls and guiding the Philadelphia school to a second straight AAC East football title.Navy’s  is still young enough at 51 to move on...