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A general with innate West Point leadership

A general with innate West Point leadership

One game plan remains with X’s and O’s churning through Mark Dantonio’s mind to wrap up a remarkable bounce-back season. The Michigan State coach’s football brain and innate leadership that was worthy of a 1974 West Point appointment flipped the Spartans' 3-9 disaster last year...

Veterans Day observations upon returning home to states

Veterans Day observations upon returning home to states

NOTE: U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) Rick Steinke, my long-time friend from Big Rapids, Mich., is a West Point graduate that has been teaching at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. He wrote this story based on many observations on a return trip to...

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...

Christian Poe trying to follow his brother Edgar

Christian Poe trying to follow his brother Edgar

Army entered its recent Black and Gold spring game hoping to develop an outside threat from its young and promising slotbacks. The results included a 61-yard touchdown run by rising sophomore Kell Walker.While the slot backs commanded attention, fourth-year head coach Jeff Monken...

Bradshaw escapes Chicago for life at West Point

Bradshaw escapes Chicago for life at West Point

Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw spent his summer taking classes, fulfilling military training and working on his game at the West Point campus. He was a long way from home, the violent streets of Chicago’s South Side.Here’s what he missed from June 11 to July 11 in the South Side...

West Point brotherhood boosts Carter

West Point brotherhood boosts Carter

Chris Carter spent precious offseason free time working with a fellow West Point cadet. The goal was to improve upon his late-season splash as Army’s quarterback, including a near-upset of Navy.His friend studied his passing techniques while throwing to receivers. He advised him...

Army quarterback competition will continue

Army quarterback competition will continue

One key takeaway from the Army football spring game is that the quarterback competition will continue into fall camp. Ahmad Bradshaw and Chris Carter turned in strong springs, although Carter may have gained an edge with improved passing.The Black defeated the Gold 56-38 in a...

Army wrapping up spring football

Army wrapping up spring football

College football is about to enter hibernation until fall camps open in late July and early August, but first we have one more spring game to play. Fittingly, Army is involved.The Army-Navy Game is annually finishes the regular season. The Black Knights play their spring contest...

Minato anything but retiring at West Point

Minato anything but retiring at West Point

Many men’s and women’s players enjoyed recent Senior Day recognitions now that the postseason is upon us. But who has their number retired on Senior Night?That happened at Army West Point’s Senior Night on Feb. 24 at Christl Arena. The academy unveiled Kelsey Minato’s No. 5...

Former OL still giving back to West Point

Former OL still giving back to West Point

William Ratliff last played offensive tackle as an Army West Point senior in 1987. He was an infantry 1st Lieutenant during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991. By 2008, he retired after 20 years as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Calvary.All these years later Ratliff continues...