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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...