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Navy plugs in a new backfield

Navy plugs in a new backfield

If Navy running backs were graded by NFL scouts, they would be judged as system players. It’s a back-handed compliment often handed out to “system” quarterbacks to devalue their draft stock.But in the Navy triple-option, it’s not necessarily criticism. The system is designed to...

Durant overstates going to war in NBA

Durant overstates going to war in NBA

Memo to NBA multi-millionaire Kevin Durant:Your comment that you “went to war” with your Oklahoma City teammates was an unfortunate choice of words to announce your decision to join the Golden State Warriors in “The Players’ Tribune.” ... Click here for the rest of my...

Navy pitcher Gillingham could level field

Navy pitcher Gillingham could level field

RALEIGH, N.C. — A week ago the U.S. Naval Academy graduated 1,076 newly commissioned officers. They tossed their hats in the air, according to tradition, and were off on 30 days leave before they report for duty.There are exceptions to the rule, and six of them are playing...

NCAA rewards NC State as tournament host

NCAA rewards NC State as tournament host

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina State’s baseball team is proving as resilient as Elliott “Mongoose” Avent, the Wolfpack head coach who killed a poisonous copperhead snake after it bit him and his is puppy on an evening walk a month ago.Avent and his players sweated out a...

More to Navy recruiting than season record

More to Navy recruiting than season record

Navy football finished its best season in 52 years with an 11-2 record and a No. 18 national ranking. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy and was an NFL draft pick.Sounds like the Midshipmen set themselves up to cash in on a recruiting bonanza.Well,...

Service academies outperform recruiting rankings

Service academies outperform recruiting rankings

Before we break down recruiting classes at Navy, Air Force and Army, some perspective is needed.It takes three to four years to judge a recruiting class at all schools, and it’s especially true with the overachievers that service academies attract.First of all, let’s note that...

Navy faces most difficult QB transition since Staubach

Navy faces most difficult QB transition since Staubach

Now that college football has moved on from crowning Alabama as national champion and we await spring football followed by the 2016 fall season, Navy faces its most daunting quarterback replacement task in a half-century.How do you replace a third-team All-American pick who...

Navy responds to Niumatalolo presence on sideline

Navy responds to Niumatalolo presence on sideline

Navy’s 44-28 win over Pitt was another NCAA record-setting day for quarterback Keenan Reynolds and a school record 11th victory this year, but there was a more significant takeaway from the Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumann.That was Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo’s presence...

Commander Niumatalolo can add to Navy legacy

Commander Niumatalolo can add to Navy legacy

Army has its Col. Earl “Red” Blaik, but Navy might now have its modern times answer with Ken Niumatalolo.Commander Niumatalolo? ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U story

West Point more than football to lieutenant Maples

West Point more than football to lieutenant Maples

Army West Point two-time 1,000-yard rusher Raymond Maples – now identified as Second Lieutenant Maples — watched his first Army-Navy Game as an alumnus last weekend.“It hurts a lot,” said Maples of Army’s 21-17 near-upset of No. 21-ranked Navy Saturday in Philadelphia. “I know...