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Walker closes in on finish line as game changer

Walker closes in on finish line as game changer

“I didn’t think the military was for me when I was recruited, but I’m fortunate I came here. My family situation was a broken home. I came from poverty. When I visited on my recruiting trip, I saw the brotherhood. I saw I could earn a degree and have a better life for myself and...

Life of Riley is seeking best of both worlds

Life of Riley is seeking best of both worlds

The cornerback that helped Army nearly slay the Michigan giant might someday be – to borrow from the late Bo Schembechler’s beloved phrase -- an NFL Man. The League has always been Elijah Riley’s goal, even as he committed to West Point.Usually, a high school recruit dreaming of...

Parental pride with near upset of Michigan

Parental pride with near upset of Michigan

Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr.’s parents, like many North Carolinians late last week, were on the move ahead of Hurricane Dorian. They hoped their flight out of Charlotte to Detroit wouldn’t be canceled. Kelvin Hopkins Sr. and Cyndi Hopkins had a college football game to...

Army receiver taps Salaam and Wiggins magic

Army receiver taps Salaam and Wiggins magic

Colorado’s Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner, and Stanford's Candice Wiggins, the Wade Trophy recipient as the 2008 women’s college basketball player of the year, played their high school ball decades ago at La Jolla Country Day, an elite private school outside...

A phone call home saved a West Point career

A phone call home saved a West Point career

Sometimes a football player — even a hard-nosed defensive end — needs gentle, reassuring words only his mother can provide. That includes accomplished athletes like this one:1. A kid from Oceanside High, the school that turned out Pro Football Hall of Famer Junior Seau, a...

Richt on option at Army but not Georgia Tech

Richt on option at Army but not Georgia Tech

                 AFAN: Air Force, Army, Navy newsletter;BY TOM SHANAHANCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Mark Richt spent the past 11 seasons squeezing in practice time any day possible to prepare for Georgia Tech’s triple-option offense – the past...

Monken says no interest in Army joining AAC

Monken says no interest in Army joining AAC

Army West Point Coach Jeff Monken said Monday he has no interest in seeing the Black Knights replace Connecticut in the American Athlete Conference -- or any other conference. Army’s recent success has resulted in the Black Knights speculated among possible candidates upon...

Images of football in the air flying at Army

Images of football in the air flying at Army

Army’s next football season is a blank page until the season opener Aug. 31 at Rice, but last season sparked imaginations. What if the Black Knights expand their passing game within their grinding triple-option offense?The receivers and slot backs are excited about the...

Sage advice directed Coates to West Point

Sage advice directed Coates to West Point

Army wide receiver Glen Coates tells an education story more Americans need to hear to understand the impactful work high school coaches and teachers provide. Their rewards are satisfying and fulfilling but certainly not financial.Instead, we live in American society that directs...

Cromartie grew into his Navy opportunity

Cromartie grew into his Navy opportunity

Nizaire Cromartie presented himself to Army and Navy as an easy target on the football recruiting trail. The academies seek guys like him -- undersized athletes carrying a chip on their shoulder to prove they can mature into a Division I player. Cromartie, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound...