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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...

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...

West Point offered them more than football

West Point offered them more than football

BY TOM SHANAHANKelvin Hopkins Jr. traversed Fort Bragg's rugged fields and wooded sandhills while under the Army base's hot North Carolina sun. These were his early summer days out of school at West Point as he shadowed a lieutenant and his paratroopers, combat-ready soldiers...

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...

Bateman brings plenty from Army to Tar Heels

Bateman brings plenty from Army to Tar Heels

Numbers aplenty explain Mack Brown luring Jay Bateman to leave Army for his newly assembled staff at North Carolina staff. But in college football, statistics are only half of story to grading a coach’s value. What about developing talent? What about recruiting? Those are parts...

Kelvin Hopkins Jr transcending for Army

Kelvin Hopkins Jr transcending for Army

The sports world’s biggest names routinely enter “The Jungle” on the Jim Rome Show, but the host still changes pace on his audience craving irreverent smack-talk with a guest that represents an ultra-conventional background. Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr., MVP of the 119th...

Army stark contrast to players skipping bowls

Army stark contrast to players skipping bowls

If college football mic’d players for games, Army senior outside linebacker Kenneth Brinson made a play for the ideal mic drop. Navy rallied after trailing the Black Knights all afternoon in the 119th Army-Navy Game until Brinson strip-sacked the Midshipmen’s quarterback. He...

Army and Navy always live up to expectations

Army and Navy always live up to expectations

The Army-Navy Game never disappoints.That’s what two of us told the other as three old friends from Big Rapids, Mi., gathered from our places in the world for the 119th Army-Navy Game Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. One flew in from Germany, one drove from...