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  • Women’s Basketball Coaching Search

    Wed, May 12, 2010 by admin with 14 comments

    Air Force did not want to rush its search for a new women’s basketball coach.

    And it certainly hasn’t.

    Ardie McInelly was fired in late March, and the Falcons still have not replaced her.

    According to several sources, the academy targeted Arizona State associate head coach Meg Sanders as a leading candidate. No word on whether the position has been or will be offered to Sanders.

  • Numerically Speaking

    Sat, April 17, 2010 by admin with 2 comments

    With baseball coach Mike Hutcheon resigning at the end of the current season, Air Force will head into the 2010-11 academic year with new coaches for three long suffering programs – baseball, women’s volleyball and women’s basketball.

    Here’s a look at the outgoing coaches and their records:

    Coach                            Sport                  Seasons    Rec. (Conf. Rec)    Consec MWC Ls
    Penny Lucas-White    W. Volleyball    14                97-302 (15-193)       70
    Ardie McInelly             W. Basketball     9               57-201 (12-124)        37
    Mike Hutcheon             Baseball              7               72-271 (13-143)         7

    TOTALS:                                                  30            226-774 (40-460)   114

  • Now That’s Great Spin

    Wed, April 14, 2010 by admin with 12 comments

    Kevin Carroll, who served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Air Force the last three seasons, has accepted the head coaching position at Maryville University-St. Louis, a Division II school.

    You can read the press release, put out by Maryville, here.

    But I would be remiss if I did not point out the best sentence of the release, which also is possibly the most entertaining thing I’ve read in my entire life:

    “Carroll was an assistant coach for the past three seasons at the Air Force Academy and the Falcons qualified for the Mountain West Conference tournament and advanced as far as the quarterfinals each year.”

    (Um … everyone in the league “qualifies” for the MWC Tournament. And it’s a bit of a stretch to say the Falcons “advanced” to the quarterfinals in ’08 because their first game was in the quarterfinal round and they lost).

    I need to find out who wrote that release and hire him or her to run some PR for me at home.

    “Jake kept the grass in the yard at a uniform height throughout the winter.”

    “Thanks to Jake, there were no carpet stains on the hardwood floors.”

    “Jake hasn’t forgotten his wife’s birthday in the 11 months since she turned 30.”

    “The fridge is so much more tidy without that 12-pack of Guinness that was in it earlier this morning.”

  • Words, words, words

    Wed, April 14, 2010 by admin with 2 comments

    Former Air Force and Colorado men’s basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik was introduced as Wake Forest’s new coach today. Here’s an article from The Boulder Daily Camera.

    One quote in the article stuck out: “If someone said to me I could pick any school in the country to go to, it would be Wake Forest.”

    That probably has Wake fans excited. As excited Air Force fans were on May 23, 2005, when he said this:

    “I don’t want to go anywhere unless they throw me out of here. … We’re going to stay here until somebody throws us out of here. You’re stuck with me.”

  • Wednesday Morning Links

    Wed, April 14, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Well, it’s official, Jeff Bzdelik has left Colorado for Wake Forest.

    Gazette columnist David Ramsey isn’t shedding any tears. And check out Ramsey’s blog (http://daveramseysez.freedomblogging.com/), in which he talks to former Falcon Jacob Burtschi about Bzdelik.

    Also, I posted Part 2 of my “First Look” series, which takes a quick glance at Air Force’s 2010 football opponents. This week I look at BYU. Scroll down for the post.

  • Report: Bzdelik to be Introduced as Wake’s Coach Tomorrow

    Tue, April 13, 2010 by admin with 1 comment

    Bye-bye Boulder.

  • AF MBB Will Face Evansville in MWC/MVC Challenge

    Tue, April 13, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Air Force will play host to Evansville on Dec. 5 as part of the second MWC/MVC Challenge that pits teams from the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences.

    Last season the MVC won the inaugural challenge, 5-4. Air Force lost its game, at Missouri State, 58-48.

    The Falcons’ game against Evansville will be one of nine to take place Dec. 1-5. All nine MWC teams participate, and nine of 10 MVC teams participate.

    The two leagues alternate between having five home games in one year and four in the second year (the MWC had four home games in 2009 and will have five in 2010). The challenge is planned for 2011 and 2012 as well.

    2010 CHALLENGE DATES                               Series Records
    Dec. 1            BYU at Creighton                           BYU leads, 5-3; last meeting 12/7/2002
    Dec. 1            Drake at Colorado State                 CSU leads, 5-4; last meeting 12/4/2004
    Dec. 1            New Mexico at Southern Illinois   First meeting
    Dec. 1            UNLV at Illinois State                     UNLV leads, 2-1; last meeting 1/13/1978
    Dec. 4            Indiana State at Wyoming             Wyoming leads, 2-1; last 12/30/2003
    Dec. 4            UNI at TCU                                      First meeting
    Dec. 4            Utah at Bradley                                Utah leads, 3-2; last meeting 12/4/1992
    Dec. 4            Wichita State at San Diego State   WSU leads, 5-0; last 12/4/1976
    Dec. 5            Evansville at Air Force                    UE leads, 1-0; only meeting 12/29/1977

  • Tuesday Morning Links

    Tue, April 13, 2010 by admin with 3 comments

    Nothing official quite yet, but it appears as if Jeff Bzdelik, who bolted Air Force for Colorado, is going to leave the Buffs for Wake Forest. The Boulder Daily Camera reports CU athletic director Mike Bohn is prepared to conduct a coaching search.

    Speaking of coaching searches, I meant to mention this last week – according to Air Force sports information director Troy Garnhart, the academy is not in a rush to find a replacement for women’s basketball coach Ardie McInelly. Air Force is reviewing options and likely will start a national search soon but has set no timetable for a hire.

    Also, a belated congratulations to Air Force junior 112-pounder Matt DeMars and senior 195-pounder Cory Tintzman, who won National Collegiate Boxing Association national titles last Saturday at West Point. The team captains’ titles were the 103rd and 104th in the program’s history. DeMars, who finished his season 7-0, won his second straight title, while Tintzman also completed a perfect season (9-0). In the team competition, Air Force finished a disappointing third, behind champion Army (which won for the third year in a row) and runner-up Navy.

    Finally, according to a report from Nebraska, Air Force football coaches, including Troy Calhoun, were taking in the Cornhuskers’ practice in Lincoln yesterday. The coaches typically visit several schools each spring.

  • Wait … This Sounds Really Familiar

    Sun, April 11, 2010 by admin with 3 comments



  • ESPN.com: Bzdelik Calls Team Meeting, Will Take Wake Job

    Sun, April 11, 2010 by admin with 4 comments

    Sound familiar?