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  • Troy Calhoun’s top 25 ballot

    Sun, October 30, 2011 by admin with 3 comments

    Air Force coach Troy Calhoun has agreed to share his ballot for the coaches’ poll with The Gazette this season, and here’s this week’s top 25:

    1 Alabama

    2 LSU

    3 Stanford

    4 Oklahoma State

    5 Boise State

    6 Oregon

    7 Oklahoma

    8 Nebraska

    9 Arkansas

    10 Clemson

    11 Virginia Tech

    12 Michigan

    13 South Carolina

    14 Arizona St

    15 Houston

    16 Michigan State

    17 Georgia

    18 Penn State

    19 Georgia Tech

    20 Kansas State

    21 Wisconsin

    22 Cincinnati

    23 Southern Miss

    24 Texas Christian

    25 West Virginia

    Others: Texas, North Carolina, Auburn, Washington, Ohio State

  • Final: Air Force 42, New Mexico 0; Jefferson should be fine

    Sat, October 29, 2011 by admin with 2 comments

    Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson might look a little rough, but he should be able to play against Army next Saturday.

    Jefferson appeared to suffer a broken nose against New Mexico in an otherwise easy 42-0 win. Connor Dietz took Jefferson’s place and played very well, rushing for 87 yards and a touchdown.

    When asked if Jefferson could have come back in the game if needed, Falcons coach Troy Calhoun said, “Possibly.” Although Air Force will perform further tests on Jefferson, it’s probably safe to assume he will be able to start next week.

    “It might not be pretty, that’s the challenge, but I don’t think these guys care about aesthetics,” Calhoun said.

    The other major injury Air Force suffered was to defensive end Harry Kehs, who had a shoulder injury. He was in a sling after the game. Air Force spent most of October without its three starting defensive linemen from the first game, and Kehs was a co-starter with Ben Kopacka early in the season.

    The good news for the defensive line is Kopacka got a few snaps against New Mexico, nose guard Ryan Gardner started and played a more expanded role (he returned to the lineup last week), and end Zach Payne might return next week from a knee injury.

  • Pregame: Air Force at New Mexico

    Sat, October 29, 2011 by admin with no comments

    If the Falcons are going to get bowl eligible, they need to turn around their season fast. The good news is they get New Mexico today, which has won two games since the start of the 2009 season and haven’t won this year.

    The Falcons will have receiver Drew Coleman, who had mononucleosis but passed all the medical tests and made the trip. That helps Air Force, which lost receiver Ty MacArthur to a broken collarbone last week.

    On the defensive line, end Ben Kopacka (shoulder) made the trip but probably won’t play. End Zach Payne (knee) didn’t make the trip. Both could be back next week against Army, which would help the defensive line.

  • A fast start for Air Force could put New Mexico in a bad place

    Fri, October 28, 2011 by admin with 1 comment

    New Mexico, at 0-7, surely isn’t a good team, and it won’t get any better if the Lobos can’t find some motivation.

    Interim coach George Barlow kept mentioning “effort” during his conference call this week, and mostly that New Mexico didn’t have enough of it during a 69-0 loss at TCU.

    “I don’t think the kids got after it like I wanted them to, and it showed by the score of the game,” Barlow said. “We’re going to get those things corrected and see if we can give a much better effort than we did last week.”

    Barlow wouldn’t say any players quit at TCU, but when the Horned Frogs took an early lead, a young team got down on itself. That’s something Air Force should be aware of this week.

    “The way the game started and we haven’t had a whole lot of success and we have some young kids – like 59 freshmen and sophomores – and when you start the way we did against a quality opponent like TCU it was an uphill battle from the beginning,” Barlow said.

    Barlow hinted that he could make lineup changes to find the players who are willing to give the effort he wants to see.

    “When you have the adversity we’ve been going through this year, you’ll have kids that will be pretty down, but you’ll have kids who will be true Lobos and want the best for this team and want to go out and play and give their best effort every week,” Barlow said. “As coaches, those are the kids we’re looking for to put out on the field to give the best effort we possibly can to give ourselves a chance to win. We have a bunch of kids who are willing to put forth that effort and those are the kids who will be getting out there to see what we can do against Air Force this week.”

  • There’s still the issue of where Air Force’s non-football sports would go

    Thu, October 27, 2011 by admin with 13 comments

    For Air Force’s football program, the options are pretty clear: Go to the Big East, which is courting the Falcons, or stay in the Mountain West.

    The options for the non-football sports aren’t as clear. And if the Falcons do go to the Big East, they will definitely need to find a new home for their Olympic sports.

    If geography is any factor, the possibilities would appear to be the Big Sky, Big West, Missouri Valley, West Coast, or Western Athletic Conference (or stay in the Mountain West, after Air Force has said it has doubts about its programs – particularly the women’s sports – having extended success in the MW). Air Force spokesman Troy Garnhart said there has been no official contact with any conferences since discussions with the Missouri Valley Conference. Athletic director Hans Mueh talked about those discussions in early October, but since then MVC commissioner Doug Elgin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the conference has no interest in expansion, and reiterated that to the Springfield News-Leader this week. Nothing can be ruled out since many conversations are kept private during realignment, but the News-Leader indicated the Air Force speculation “appears dead, at least for now.” Elgin and a Missouri Valley spokesman haven’t returned several messages.

    Representatives from two conferences confirmed they haven’t had significant contact with Air Force.

    WAC commissioner Karl Benson said the last time he talked with Falcons athletic director Hans Mueh was in late September, and that was an informal chat about “what ifs.”

    “Have not had any official discussion with AFA,” Benson said in an email.

    Benson wouldn’t speculate if the WAC would be interested in adding Air Force’s Olympic sports.

    Big Sky spokesman Jon Kasper said he was not aware of any contact with Air Force.

    “I’m sure that Commissioner (Doug) Fullerton would be more than willing to listen if they did call, as he would with Boise State,” Kasper said. “Air Force would certainly fit into our geographic footprint, and make a great travel partner with Northern Colorado.”

    The Big Sky will add  non-football playing members for the first since 1979 when Cal Poly and UC Davis join next July.

    A Big West spokesman said he could not comment on if the conference and Air Force have been in contact. Representatives of the West Coast Conference didn’t immediately return messages.

  • Air Force wrestling has impartial way of determining lineup

    Wed, October 26, 2011 by admin with 3 comments

    Air Force baseball coach Mike Kazlausky probably won’t have a home run derby to determine his starting first baseman this season, and Jeff Reynolds and Andrea Williams won’t have one-on-one games to figure out who will start at point guard for their Falcons basketball teams. But Air Force wrestling’s way of picking its line up is pretty black and white, as shown in tonight’s Blue-Silver intrasquad match: You beat your teammates at your weight class on the mat, you travel.

    The match at Clune Arena at 6:30 p.m., open to the public and streamed on goairforcefalcons.com, will feature 10 intrasquad matches. The winners will be on the team’s season-opening roster and travel to the Hokie Open in Salem, Va. to start the season on Nov. 6. (Here is the list of matches.)

    You can’t ask for a more fair way of determining the lineup.

    “Unlike other coaches, these guys get to determine who the best man is,” coach Joel Sharratt said. “Last man standing.”

    The Falcons had a wrestle-off, which Sharratt said started Monday, to determine the final two at each weight class for tonight. Air Force had a 12-5 record in dual meets last season, the first winning season since 2003, so the competitive approach might have some benefits.

    “I like it a lot,” senior captain Alec Williams. “It’s the most fair way of doing it. If you just a pick a guy, then somebody on the team will say ‘I beat that guy on Tuesday, it’s not fair he’s the wrestler that represents us.’”

  • Dee Dowis and his unlikely sprint to success (With fantastic, funny video highlights)

    Wed, October 26, 2011 by David Ramsey with 1 comment

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  • Weekly online chat set for noon Wednesday

    Tue, October 25, 2011 by admin with no comments

    AFA beat writer Frank Schwab, Gazette columnist David Ramsey, will talk Falcons and Broncos while college hockey writer Joe Paisley will talk CC-RPI with veteran Engineers beat writer Ken Schott at noon Mountain on Wednesday. Please join us.

  • Hockey: Weekly honors for De Laurell, Gunner

    Mon, October 24, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Air Force junior Kyle De Laurell and freshman Cole Gunner earned Atlantic Hockey Association weekly honors with De Laurell named the AHA Player of the Week while Gunner garnered the rookie honor.

    De Laurell, a winger from Mission Viejo, Calif., had two goals and two assists at Alabama-Huntsville.

    He leads AFA with five goals and is tied for the team lead with nine points this season. He is tied for first in the AHA in goals and points. His nine points are tied for 10th in the nation while his five goals are tied for sixth.

    Gunner, a winger from Richfield, Minn., had two goals and two assists at Alabama-Huntsville last weekend. He scored AFA’s only goal in the 1-1 overtime tie on Friday.

    On Saturday, he had one goal and two assists in the 7-2 win. Gunner leads AFA with seven assists and is tied for team lead with nine points this season. He is the top scoring freshman in the nation with nine points in six games.  He is tied for 10th in the nation (among all players) with nine points and is tied for second in the nation with seven assists.

    Air Force (3-2-1, 2-0 AHA)  hosts league rival at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Cadet Ice Arena.

  • Despite losing record, Air Force tabbed for third network TV appearance

    Mon, October 24, 2011 by admin with 4 comments

    Air Force is 3-4, the first time in coach Troy Calhoun’s time as Falcons coach that one of his teams has a losing record. Nonetheless, Air Force will be back on national network television on Nov. 5, as CBS picked up the Falcons’ home game against Army, which is 2-5, for its 1:30 p.m. Mountain time slot.

    The game was scheduled to be on Versus at the same time, but CBS had an opening because the clash between LSU and Alabama was moved to prime time. CBS had good luck with Air Force’s first service academy rivalry game this season, as it broadcast the Falcons’ thrilling 35-34 win at Navy on Oct. 1. The Falcons were also on NBC against Notre Dame a week later.