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  • Couple more Air Force previews before MWC media days

    Mon, July 26, 2010 by admin with 3 comments

    Saw through a heads up from Militarytimes.com (and the Gazette’s Angie DiSalvo) that the New York Times ranked Air Force at No. 48 on its blog, The Quad – although that preview was done by Pre-Snap Read, who also had Air Force at the same spot. Still, if the New York Times puts its stamp on it, we’ll go with it. And prepare to shake your head at this one: The Orlando Sentinel has Army 44th overall, and MilitaryTimes.com says that’s higher than Tennessee, Michigan, Clemson and Notre Dame. The Black Knights return a lot of starters, but that still seems high.

    Just picked up Phil Steele’s annual work of art, his 328-page college football preview (if you’ve never read it, you’re missing out. Only Blue Ribbon does more extensive work … and lucky for you, Blue Ribbon’s Air Force preview is free on ESPN.com). Steele watches an insane amount of games and has great statistical models, which make his work compelling and authentic. He has Air Force as the 47th best team in the nation (Navy is 48th … Army not in the top 52, although Steele rights they have a great shot at a bowl). Steele’s top four in the Mountain West conference are TCU, Utah, BYU and Air Force. Cornerback Anthony Wright is the only Falcon on his All-MWC first team, with fullback Jared Tew (ranked 7th nationally by Steele among all fullbacks in the nation), defensive lineman Rick Ricketts, cornerback Reggie Rembert and kicker Erik Soderberg on the second team.

    Can’t wait for the Mountain West to release its preseason poll and preseason All-MWC teams this week at the media days. As a reminder, Jake and I will be filling up the blog on Tuesday and Wednesday, and I’ll be tweeting live (Twitter @GazetteAirForce) any bit of information from Troy Calhoun, the conference’s other coaches and the players there. Should be plenty to talk about.

  • Questionable Spending at Navy

    Fri, July 2, 2010 by admin with no comments

    An article in The Navy Times looks at how an embarrassing financial scandal at the Naval Academy helped hasten the exit of the school’s superintendent, Vice Admiral Jeffrey Fowler.

    Referring to a copy of an investigation report, the Times noted that academy officials working under Fowler “had created a ‘sham’ bank account.” It was set up, according to the article, “in April 2007, using $95,000 of corporate sponsorship money that the academy received for participation in” a 2006 bowl game.

    The article also stated that other questionable spending probed by the report included “annual spending of $400,000 or more for academy-sponsored tailgate events at fooball bowl games over the past five years.”

  • Navy Loses a Key Player

    Fri, May 7, 2010 by admin with 3 comments

    Slot back Marcus Curry has been dismissed from the Navy football team, according to an article in The Annapolis Capital.

    The Capital reports Curry was kicked off the team “for not complying with team rules.”

    Curry was one of the Midshipmen’s top skill position players in 2009, rushing for 585 yards on 80 carries (7.3 yards per rush) with five touchdowns and catching 10 passes for a team-best 287 yards. But he had a history of conduct offenses that appear to have caught up with him.

  • Friday Morning Links

    Fri, February 26, 2010 by admin with 2 comments

    Air Force held its sixth “spring” football practice in the snow and cold at Falcon Stadium yesterday. One of the biggest tasks in front of the Falcons is figuring out how to replace standout nose guard Ben Garland, who will graduate in May.

    When I did an article on Garland last fall, I spoke to Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, who heaped praise on Garland. He said Navy “could not block him,” and he called Garland “an all-time great” at the academy.

    Navy won’t miss Garland. Air Force will. Big time.

    Moving to the ice, Air Force plays host to Sacred Heart tonight and Saturday. Gazette hockey writer Joe Paisley checks in on the Falcons and the defensive duo of Tim Kirby and Scott Mathis.

    Also, keep an eye on what happens this weekend with the Air Force baseball team. After an 0-4 start, the Falcons meet Navy for a three-game series in Georgia, starting today. The Falcons went 12-136 in Mountain West Conference competition in Mike Hutcheon’s first six seasons at the academy (no, really, 12-136). And I’m not exactly expecting them to challenge for the MWC crown this season. But shouldn’t Air Force expect to beat another service academy?

  • Back to Remain at Naval Academy Despite Positive Drug Test

    Mon, February 1, 2010 by admin with 9 comments

    According to The Annapolis Capital, Navy sophomore slotback Marcus Curry will stay at the Naval Academy despite a positive drug test and recommendations he be dismissed.

    The newspaper, citing sources, reported that Curry tested positive for marijuana.

    David Ausiello of GoMids.com writes that Curry should be suspended from the football team.