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  • Air Force wants to host ESPN College GameDay commercial

    Mon, April 30, 2012 by admin with 2 comments

    ESPN College GameDay is going to be shooting a commercial on a campus and is letting fans decide the location by voting at www.gamedayvote.com. Air Force is among the schools on the ballot, and the academy is hoping to get the show to come to Colorado Springs – it sent out a press release reminding people to vote for Air Force.

    ESPN has brought its iconic pregame show to Air Force three times – 2001, 2002 and 2009. GameDay host Chris Fowler graduated from Palmer High School in the Springs. Voting starts on Tuesday. ESPN had started to tabulate votes on April 23 but the number of votes crashed the website.


  • Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn arrives at Air Force

    Fri, April 27, 2012 by David Ramsey with 3 comments

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  • Calhoun likes what Dietz did in spring practice

    Fri, April 27, 2012 by admin with 7 comments

    The comments weren’t much on the surface, but from Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, they spoke volumes.

    Calhoun doesn’t usually single out players during or after spring practice, to keep competition alive and well and push players to improve over the summer months. But, when it came to quarterback Connor Dietz, he offered that Dietz looked pretty good over those 15 spring practices.

    “I thought he did some really, really good things in the spring,” Calhoun said.

    That Dietz played well isn’t a big surprise, he’s going into his fifth season (he got a ninth semester under the Cadet Hardship Program) and played extensively over the past few years behind Tim Jefferson. He will go into training camp as the starter, and even with some intriguing young players behind him, it’s hard to believe he won’t be the starting quarterback for the season opener. That’s important for a team that replaces a lot of starters. Of course, Calhoun did stop short of proclaiming Dietz the clear starter.

    “He’s a candidate,” Calhoun said. “And he had a really quality spring.”

  • A cool documentary project featuring former AFA player Antoine Hood’s NBA dream

    Thu, April 26, 2012 by admin with 4 comments

    We’ve talked about former Air Force player Antoine Hood’s dream of making the NBA before, and now there is a documentary in the works that features Hood’s desire to reach that goal.

    The film is titled “Dreams Don’t Die,” and they’re about a third of the way to their fundraising goal of $25,000. Here’s a link to get more information on the film. There’s a great video on the site giving a glimpse of what the documentary will be about, I recommend checking it out.

  • AFA alum Tim DeRuyter settling in well as Fresno State’s head coach

    Tue, April 24, 2012 by admin with 2 comments

    Former Air Force player and assistant coach Tim DeRuyter was an assistant for more than two decades, waiting for his shot to be a head coach.

    You don’t get too long to celebrate when the dream job finally comes. DeRuyter was hired by Fresno State to be the Bulldogs’ head coach this offseason. He found out that the responsibilities of being a head coach are a lot more than they are for the defensive coordinator.

    “It’s been a little like taking a sip out of a fire hydrant,” DeRuyter said.

    DeRuyter has had a busy few months. He put together a staff and landed a recruiting class. He met with fans and became active on Twitter. He had more media requests, and then had to coach spring practice, where he and the staff installed entirely different schemes on offense and defense.

    “We’ve got a much better feel for who we are and where we’re going,” DeRuyter said about the end of spring practice.

    As busy as he may be, he’s enjoying it. He said he liked putting together a staff of assistants he knew and respected. He enjoyed getting to know the players, before spring practice started, then seeing what they could do on the field once those practices started.

    Although he wasn’t entirely ready for how busy he would be, the experience has been what he hoped for.

    “It’s been fantastic,” DeRuyter said.

    There are still more milestones for DeRuyter to come, such as when Air Force comes to Fresno to play the Bulldogs on Nov. 24. That will be an unusual experience for the former Falcon.

    “You always have mixed emotions when you go to battle against your alma mater and guys you know personally,” DeRuyter said. “That part is tough. I owe a ton in my coaching career to Troy Calhoun and guys on his staff, in addition to Gen. (Mike) Gould and Dr. (Hans) Mueh. But when you tee it up, it’s like going out in the backyard with your brothers. You compete as hard as you can, and after you wish them well and go from there.”

  • Safety Jon Davis tells President Obama, “You’re the man,” and other highlights of Air Force’s White House trip

    Mon, April 23, 2012 by admin with 14 comments

    For the second straight year, Air Force football made it to the White House.

    During Monday’s Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy presentation ceremony, which was shown live on the White House’s website, Air Force safety Jon Davis gave President Barack Obama a No. 18 Falcons jersey – signifying the amount of times Air Force has won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy – and quarterback Tim Jefferson gave Obama a game ball from the Falcons’ win over Navy. Jefferson stipulated that Obama could only keep the ball if he did the Heisman pose, which he did.

    The short, lighthearted ceremony featured a few funny moments like Obama’s Heisman pose, and when Davis took to the podium and made a proclamation.

    “On behalf of myself and my teammates, I just want to get up here and say, ‘You’re the man,’” Davis said, as the assembled crowd burst into laughter.

    At the end of the ceremony, Obama joked: “By the way, I didn’t tell him to say I’m the man. But he knows who he’s going to be reporting to.”

    Obama also had a quip ready when he got the game ball from Air Force’s win over Navy, which also included the score of the Air Force-Army game on it.

    “I will treasure this, except when Army and Navy come by,” Obama said. “Then we’ll hide it in the back.”

    The Falcons take only their senior players on the trip. Obama made mention that he looked forward to seeing the trophy again in May when he visits Colorado Springs for the Air Force Academy’s commencement.

    Obama praised Air Force for battling adversity through the season, mentioned that the Falcons went for a fake extra point and a two-point conversion to go for the win against Toledo in the Military Bowl, although it failed (“But I like that in ya,” Obama said), and told the players to be proud of their football accomplishments and to be proud to serve the country after graduation.

    “I heard Jon Davis said, with the trophy on the line, ‘You don’t get to meet the president every day,’” Obama said. “Well, today you do.”

    (NOTE: All quotes were from the White House website’s live video feed of the event. The picture above is courtesy Air Force media relations.)

  • Air Force football seniors honored at White House this afternoon

    Mon, April 23, 2012 by admin with no comments

    Air Force will be presented the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy at the White House this afternoon. Wanted to link to http://www.whitehouse.gov/live which has the presentation ceremony on its live video schedule for today. The ceremony is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. Mountain time.


  • Custons won’t play in Air Force’s important baseball series vs. UNLV

    Fri, April 20, 2012 by admin with 1 comment

    Air Force faces a big series this weekend at UNLV, but will be without star catcher Garrett Custons.

    Custons, Air Force’s best hitter with a .346 batting average, four home runs and 30 runs batted in, was injured while catching against TCU last weekend. He was hit by a foul tip. Air Force’s goal this season has been to make the Mountain West tournament, and to do so it would have to finish above last place. Currently the Falcons have a one-game lead on UNLV, which is in last place.

    The good news for Air Force is first baseman Seth Kline, who suffered a broken jaw against San Diego State a few weeks ago, is back in the middle of the Falcons’ lineup.

  • Air Force track athletes standing out at Mt. SAC events

    Fri, April 20, 2012 by admin with no comments

    At the Mt. SAC/California Combined Events and Mt. SAC Relays this week, Air Force has had some standout individual performances.

    On Thursday, Lesly Torres earned the second highest score in the heptathlon in Air Force history, including setting an academy record in the heptathlon high jump on Wednesday. Also on Thursday, Jim Walmsley was the top American finisher in the elite division of the 10,000-meter run with a career best 29:08.88. That was the third-best time in Air Force history. Also, Jen Bremser finished the 3000-meter steeplechase in 10:55.36, the third best mark in Air Force history.

    The Mt. SAC Relays continue Friday and Saturday, as Air Force continues to gear up to host the Mountain West outdoor championships from May 9-12.

  • Pilipovich retains high hopes for Sierra’s Kamryn Williams

    Fri, April 20, 2012 by David Ramsey with 2 comments

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