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Army fullback powers ahead with old and new

Army fullback powers ahead with old and new

In sports, there’s old school and new school. Most people fall on one side or the other, but Connor Slomka is both -- an old-school warrior and new-age athlete. Warrior is a term thrown around too loosely in sports, but it applies to cadets training to be officers in the military...

Army ghost of Patton appeared at halftime

Army ghost of Patton appeared at halftime

The last time we saw Army coach Jeff Monken on TV was two weeks ago in a halftime sideline interview with CBS’s Tina Cervasio. He was angry over Black Knights’ play and said he planned to let them know it in the locker room. It was as if the ghost of World War II hero Gen....

Riley doubles down on best of both lives

Riley doubles down on best of both lives

 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...

West Point offered them more than football

West Point offered them more than football

Kelvin Hopkins Jr. traversed Fort Bragg’s rugged fields and wooded sandhills his early summer days out of school under a hot North Carolina sun. He shadowed a lieutenant and his paratroopers, combat-ready solders trained to deploy anywhere in the world within 18 hours from the...

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...

Elijah and Army seniors living The Life of Riley

Elijah and Army seniors living The Life of Riley

A mere three years ago Army cornerback Elijah Riley graduated from high school and arrived at West Point, but the consecutive winning seasons his senior class has put together feels like a a three-decade accomplishment. That much time has passed since Army last strung together a...

McCain hero worth recalling at academy games

McCain hero worth recalling at academy games

DURHAM, N.C. -- The world recognized John McCain as a fighter pilot, a decorated war hero, a U.S. Senator from Arizona and a presidential candidate, but the sports world knew the American icon that passed away Saturday at age 81 simply as a rabid fan. He liked to tell a story of...

Army fullback Darnell Woolfolk in his words

Army fullback Darnell Woolfolk in his words

Prelude Four years ago Army senior fullback Darnell “Butch” Woolfolk had yet to pick up his nickname and had just about lost hope of fulfilling a dream to play Division I college football. The silence was deafening as the February 2014 signing date approached.Woolfolk was...

A general with innate West Point leadership

A general with innate West Point leadership

By Tom ShanahanOne game plan remains with X’s and O’s churning through Mark Dantonio’s mind. The Michigan State coach’s football brain and innate leadership that was worthy of a 1974 West Point appointment flipped the Spartans' 3-9 disaster last year to 9-3. He's wrapping up a...