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  • Indentifying Lyons’ good luck charms

    Tue, February 19, 2013 by Brent Briggeman with 16 comments


    Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich offered a theory as to why Michael Lyons went off for 45 points against Colorado State on Saturday.

    “He seems to play well when his parents are there,” Pilipovich said. “I noticed before the game that his dad, who lives in Virginia, was sitting behind our bench.”

    Lyons wasn’t quite as convinced that his parents’ make a difference in his game, though he did conceded some of his top performances have come with them in attendance.

    “I think it’s just total coincidence,” the senior guard said. “It has worked out to where every game he’s been there has been a pretty big game, but I guess they’re just my good luck charm.

    “I don’t try to do anything else different, it just happens to work out that way.”

    Another contributing factor may have been a pregame haircut. Pilipovich, who is painfully superstitious, advised against Lyons getting his hair buzzed Saturday morning. Pilipovich had received a pregame haircut years ago and has since avoided the practice. When Lyons said he had previously had one and it preceded a win, Pilipovich gave the go-ahead.

    No word if the scissors or Lyons’ parents will be making an appearance Wednesday in Boise.

  • Hockey, hoops keep radio home

    Wed, August 24, 2011 by admin with 5 comments

    KVOR/KCSF have signed a three-year agreement with the academy to continue broadcasting men’s and women’s basketball and hockey.

    The men will be on KVOR (740 AM) with hockey and women’s hoops on 1300 AM KCSF as before.

  • Grab bag: Football, hockey and hoops

    Fri, January 28, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Air Force football has added Michigan to its schedule.

    Air Force hockey readies for a home series against Canisius. Here are 3 Things to Watch tonight.

    Former Air Force men’s basketball coach Joe Scott, now at Denver, is familiar with jump-starting a program at a school where another sport is king, according to cbssports.com.

  • Willis’ Trouble Adds to MWC’s Difficult Summer

    Wed, June 30, 2010 by admin with 3 comments

    UNLV guard Tre’Von Willis – the second-leading scorer in the Mountain West Conference during the 2009-10 season and the Runnin’ Rebels’ best player – was arrested on Tuesday on multiple charges, including domestic battery by strangulation. Here’s the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s story.

    If Willis is guilty, he could be suspended or kicked off the team at UNLV, adding to an already rough offseason for the MWC.

    New Mexico’s Darington Hobson, the league’s 2009-10 Player of the Year, decided to skip his senior year to enter the NBA Draft (he was chosen in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks), and the Lobos decided not to renew 6-foot-9 forward Will Brown’s scholarship; BYU guard Michael Loyd Jr. left the school; four underclassmen left Utah, including their top two scorers from last season – Carlon Brown, who transferred to Colorado, and talented shooter Marshall Henderson; and Willis’ teammate, 6-8 forward Matt Shaw, was given a one-year suspension for failing a drug test.

    But while the loss of all that talent is bad news for the MWC, it’s good news for a struggling Air Force program trying to become relevant again in the league.

  • Hoops Team’s Incoming Freshman

    Wed, June 30, 2010 by admin with 3 comments

    Here’s a list of the Air Force men’s basketball team’s incoming freshmen.

    Pos.    Name (Hometown/Prev School)                                            Ht., Wt.
    G         Jamil Bailey (Dallas, TX/USAFA Prep)                                6-4, 200
    F          Chris Blake (San Antonio, TX/USAFA Prep)                     6-7, 205
    F          Sean Bowman (Houston, TX/Stratford High)                     6-7, 195
    G         Bryce Brady (Chatsworth, CA/USAFA Prep)                     6-3, 200
    F          Myles Jerrett (Chino Hills, CA/USAFA Prep)                     6-5, 210
    F          Chase Kammerer (Montgomery, TX/St. Thomas High)     6-8, 220
    F          Ethan Michael (Toledo, OH/USAFA Prep)                         6-7, 210
    G         Deshawn Williams (Portsmouth, VA/USAFA Prep)          6-2, 185

  • More on Long

    Tue, June 1, 2010 by admin with 1 comment

    As The Gazette first reported way back on May 20, Air Force is hiring Drew Long as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team.

    Here’s the release the academy issued today.

    Air Force men’s basketball coach Jeff Reynolds announced today that Drew Long will join his staff as an assistant coach, effective immediately. Long, who spent the last three seasons on the basketball staff at the University of Colorado, replaces Kevin Carroll, who left the Falcon program in April to become head coach at Maryville University-St. Louis.

    Long was one of three assistant coaches at Colorado under Jeff Bzdelik last season, responsible for recruiting, player development and game preparation. Prior to becoming an assistant coach, Long was CU’s coordinator of men’s basketball operations and video coordinator. During his time in Boulder, the Buffaloes improved from seven wins during the 2006-07 campaign to 15 last season.

    “Drew brings a high energy level and will be a great fit for our staff,” said Reynolds. “His insight as a player at Northwestern and coaching experience at the Division I level under Coach Bzdelik will be a great asset to our program. We are very excited to have him join our staff.”

    The 29-year old native of Houston, Texas graduated from Northwestern University in 2004 with a bachelor of arts degree in communication and earned two letters with the Wildcats’ basketball team under head coach Bill Carmody. Long returned home shortly after graduation to serve as the Director of Operations for the Houston Swoosh AAU organization. He also coached a variety of youth basketball teams and instructed clinics across the state of Texas.

    Prior to joining the CU staff, Long was the assistant coach at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas from 2006-07. As the sole assistant, he was in charge of numerous duties including recruiting, on-court workouts, game preparation and video editing.

    Long and his wife, the former Melissa Schau, have a daughter, Alice Kathleen, who was born in March of 2009.

  • Air Force Makes it Official – Announces Williams Hiring

    Mon, May 24, 2010 by admin with 2 comments

    As expected, Air Force has hired former South Florida assistant Andrea Williams as its new head women’s basketball coach. See my article here. For more on Williams, find the article we ran last week reporting the academy was planning to hire her at this link.

    Williams becomes the academy’s only black head coach.

  • Stucky Continues to Believe

    Sat, May 22, 2010 by admin with no comments

    In today’s paper is an article I wrote about an Air Force basketball player you might not know very well – Scott Stucky.

    You might not know him well because the 6-foot-2 guard has yet to play in a game for the Falcons. Back-to-back ACL tears stole his freshman and sophomore seasons.

    But Stucky hasn’t quit. And he holds out hope he’ll be able to make a contribution in his last two seasons. It was difficult, he said, not being able to play. Air Force’s troubles on the court (1-31 in Mountain West Conference regular season play in the two seasons) made it worse.

    “I knew about the glory days, and now things have gone south,” Stucky said. “I want to be part of the team that turns things back around and gets Air Force basketball back on its feet. Hopefully we’ll get that done in the next two years.”

    Here’s my article on Stucky.

  • Basketball Coaches on the Way?

    Fri, May 21, 2010 by admin with no comments

    It appears as if the long search for a new women’s basketball could soon be over.

    And the Air Force men’s team should be announcing the hire of a new assistant coach soon as well. Click here for details.

  • Schafer Still Hurting

    Sat, May 15, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Air Force sophomore center Sammy Schafer still has a headache.

    Doctors now think he might be suffering from chronic migraines (he has a family history) that were brought on by his November concussion. But they are hopeful his new medication might bring some relief – finally.

    Find my story on Sammy here.