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Images of football in the air flying at Army

Images of football in the air flying at Army

Army’s next football season is a blank page until the season opener Aug. 31 at Rice, but last season sparked imaginations. What if the Black Knights expand their passing game within their grinding triple-option offense?The receivers and slot backs are excited about the...

Sage advice directed Coates to West Point

Sage advice directed Coates to West Point

Army wide receiver Glen Coates tells an education story more Americans need to hear to understand the impactful work high school coaches and teachers provide. Their rewards are satisfying and fulfilling but certainly not financial.Instead, we live in American society that directs...

Elijah and Army seniors living The Life of Riley

Elijah and Army seniors living The Life of Riley

A mere three years ago Army cornerback Elijah Riley graduated from high school and arrived at West Point, but the consecutive winning seasons his senior class has put together feels like a a three-decade accomplishment. That much time has passed since Army last strung together a...

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...

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...

A general with innate West Point leadership

A general with innate West Point leadership

By Tom ShanahanOne game plan remains with X’s and O’s churning through Mark Dantonio’s mind. 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 to 9-3. He's wrapping up a...

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...