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  • Monday Morning Links

    Mon, March 1, 2010 by admin with 1 comment

    March begins today, and the Air Force football team already has held six “spring” practices.

    To date, sophomore quarterback Tim Jefferson has been unable to participate in spring drills because he is recovering from surgery on his right knee. So the Falcons won’t settle on a starter until August.

    Gazette columnist David Ramsey, however, writes in his blog (http://daveramseysez.freedomblogging.com) that Jefferson, who started 10 of 13 games last season and was the 2008 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, deserves a vote of confidence from Air Force coach Troy Calhoun.

    With Jeffersoun out, sophomore Connor Dietz, who started three games last season, is taking snaps with the Falcons’ starters. Dietz has made huge strides since last year’s spring drills, when he was a new face on the Falcons’ varsity.

    “No doubt,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. “There’s clearly a difference compared to what he was 11 or 12 months ago. Plus, I think you practice differently after you’ve had some game experience, just because you realize how much more relevant every drill and everything you do fundamentally and skill-wise is. And that’s where experience is huge for guys. You’re asking about the quarterbacks right now, but I think even a guy like (freshman running back) Cody Getz, catching one swing pass in the bowl game. All of a sudden he realizes all those swing passes you catch in practice, the catch and pitches, you realize it’s necessary.”

    Already a strong runner, Dietz is working hard on his passing this spring, specifically his dropbacks and reads.

    “It’s better,” Calhoun said of Dietz’s passing. “Just on a very regular basis, seeing a little more velocity with the ball coming off of his hand.”

    Switching to hoops, Air Force will travel to Wyoming today where tomorrow it will face the Cowboys – the only MWC team it has beaten. Ramsey recently blogged about his top 20 basketball players of all-time and asked Falcons coach Jeff Reynolds for his No. 2 (MJ is No. 1 of course). Reynolds gave his response via e-mail, and Ramsey has it in his blog, just scroll beneath the Jefferson post.

  • Thursday Morning Links

    Thu, February 25, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Coming off a close loss at The Pit, the Air Force men’s basketball team seemed to have a little momentum heading into last night’s home game against struggling Utah.

    That’s gone.

    The Utes beat Air Force, 54-43, at Clune. Senior forward/center Grant Parker took the blame for the loss, even though he scored a game-high 11 points.

    Gazette columnist David Ramsey wrote about a crucial call in the game and Marshall Henderson, Utah’s rising star, in his blog: http://daveramseysez.freedomblogging.com/. And I gave my “Rapid Reaction” to the game in the post below.

    Also, here are the game stories from The Deseret Morning News and The Salt Lake Tribune.

    Switching to football, Matt Wallerstedt has replaced Tim DeRuyter as the Falcons’ defensive coordinator. But Wallerstedt, who hasn’t changed the defense, doesn’t look at it as a one-man show. More on the Falcons from yesterday’s practice later today in the blog.

    Finally, hockey writer Joe Paisley gives 3 Things to Watch in Air Force’s weekend series with Sacred Heart.

  • Sunday Morning Links

    Sun, February 14, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Happy Valentine’s Day.

    One team that could us a little love right now is the Air Force men’s basketball team. The Falcons sure didn’t get any yesterday in Provo when they were beaten by BYU, 91-48. It was the third-worst loss in program history and worst ever in a league contest. Find my “Rapid Reaction” in the post below. Also, here are stories from The Provo Daily Herald and The Deseret Morning News.

    Switching to football, Gazette columnist David Ramsey caught up with former Air Force defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, who said he’d like to be the Falcons’ head coach at some point. More of Ramsey’s conversation with DeRuyter is available on his blog: http://daveramseysez.freedomblogging.com/.

    Coming in tomorrow’s edition of The Gazette, a spring football practice preview.

  • Hans on DeRuyter as Future Head Coach Candidate

    Mon, January 25, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Gazette columnist David Ramsey posted more of his interview with Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh on his blog: http://daveramseysez.freedomblogging.com.

    This part of the interview deals with former defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter (who recently took the defensive coordinator post at Texas A&M) as a future candidate for the head coaching job at Air Force.

  • DeRuyter Meets the Media

    Sat, January 23, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Former Air Force defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, who recently accepted the defensive coordinator post at Texas A&M, was introduced at A&M today during halftime of the Aggies’ men’s basketball game against Colorado at Reed Arena in College Station.

    He also met with the media, and you can watch his press conference here.

    DeRuyter said he had a moment of pause when it looked as if Air Force coach Troy Calhoun was a candidate for the head coaching position at Tennessee (because DeRuyter likely would have been the leading candidate to replace him at Air Force). But when he found Calhoun was committed to the academy, DeRuyter said he was open to taking the A&M post.

    DeRuyter, in my opinion, still will be the leading candidate to be the Falcons’ next head coach whenever Troy Calhoun moves on. And I’m looking forward to what he does for the A&M defense.

  • Saturday Morning Links

    Sat, January 23, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Air Force begins a two-game road swing today with a game against Utah at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. In today’s edition of The Gazette are my 3 Things to Watch in the game and an article on freshman forward/center Taylor Broekhuis.

    Also, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun has promoted Matt Wallerstedt to defensive coordinator and associate head coach to replace the departed Tim DeRuyter.

    Finally, Air Force hockey lost to Holy Cross last night, 6-4.

  • Calhoun Promotes Wallerstedt to Replace DeRuyter

    Fri, January 22, 2010 by admin with 4 comments

    Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun has promoted Matt Wallerstedt to defensive coordinator and associate head coach in the wake of losing former coordinator and associate head coach Tim DeRuyter to Texas A&M.

    Wallerstedt, who will be entering his third season at the academy, will continue to be in charge of the Falcons’ inside linebackers. The 43-year-old Wallerstedt was the Falcons’ assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator last season.

    In addition, co-defensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator/secondary coach Charlton Warren has added “assistant head coach” to his title.

    Calhoun has two offseason hires to make to replace the openings on his staff left by DeRuyter and offensive assistant Patrick Covington, who left to take a job at Coastal Carolina.

  • Ramsey Interviews Mueh

    Fri, January 22, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Gazette columnist David Ramsey interviewed Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh about a variety of subjects on Thursday. Excerpts from the interview – touching on former defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, football coach Troy Calhoun and men’s basketball coach Jeff Reynolds – are available on his blog (http://daveramseysez.freedomblogging.com).

    Also, Ramsey set the stage for his upcoming competition with the BlogDog. The BlogDog is joining Ramsey, Gazette Broncos beat writer Frank Schwab and Gazette sports editor Jim O’Connell in predicting the NFL conference championship games this weekend.

  • Friday Morning Links

    Fri, January 22, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Lots to get to this morning.

    First, Tim DeRuyter’s hiring at Texas A&M became official yesterday. Here’s the Austin American-Statesman’s story on the hire, here’s ESPN.com Big 12 blogger Tim Griffin’s take on the selection of DeRuyter and here’s Gazette columnist David Ramsey’s look at what the departure means for Air Force and DeRuyter.

    Switching to hoops, injuries continue to be a big story. Freshman guard Michael Lyons has a strained MCL and is questionable for tomorrow’s game at Utah. One of the craziest stats this season has been that six Falcons have suffered concussions. Gazette writer Frank Schwab took a closer look at the concussions in today’s paper.

    Switching gears to hockey, Joe Paisley has a feature on Air Force senior captain Jeff Hajner, and his popular “Two Minutes in the Box with Jeff Hajner” video segments that run during intermission at home games.

  • Thursday Morning Links

    Thu, January 21, 2010 by admin with 1 comment

    One could argue that the Air Force basketball program’s high-water mark was January 9, 2007.

    On that night, the Falcons overcame a 21-point deficit to defeat New Mexico, 65-57 in front of an announced record crowd of 6,511 at Clune Arena. With the victory Air Force improved to 16-1, the best record through 17 games in program history.

    Just three years and 11 days later, again facing the Lobos at Clune Arena, Air Force lost a Mountain West Conference regular season game for the 20th consecutive time. And like many of the losses, it came at a mostly empty Clune.

    Here’s my game story on the 73-50 loss and my notebook, which deals mostly with guard Evan Washington – one of the lone bright spots for the Falcons.

    Also, here’s columnist David Ramsey’s piece on MWC hoops and whether the league can shake its recent dismal history at the NCAA Tournament.

    Switching from the hardwood to the ice, hockey writer Joe Paisley previews Air Force’s weekend series with Holy Cross.

    And, finally, the official announcement about Tim DeRuyter heading to Texas A&M should come down today. Aggies linebacker Michael Hodges, who spent a year at the academy before transferring to A&M, is excited about the DeRuyter hire.