This is the third segment of the premier edition of “Jake’s and David’s Arguments,” in which Air Force beat writer Jake Schaller and columnist David Ramsey discuss an issue on their blogs. The issue in this installment – football coach Troy Calhoun’s viability as a candidate for a head coaching slot at a BCS school. Check Ramsey’s blog and earlier posts in this blog for previous parts of the argument.
You’re right, Ramsey, that this season’s offensive performance takes some of the shine off Calhoun.
But that can be spun easily by an AD (they’re pretty good at spinning, as you know), who could say that Air Force’s inexperience at the skill positions and injuries at quarterback necessitated a conservative approach.
Besides, there are plenty of other reasons for a BCS conference school to push for Calhoun.
Chief among them is one name: Paul Johnson.
The former Navy coach has led Georgia Tech to the ACC title game and into the Top 20 with the triple-option.
UVA’s athletic director also can point to another Navy coach: George Welsh. Virginia plucked him from Navy and all Welsh did was become the winningest coach in school and ACC history, with a record of 134-86-3. He won two conference titles and took the Cavaliers to 12 bowls.
Those two names should assuage any booster fears about a conservative offense or taking a coach from a service academy.