Though his public comments generated plenty of buzz in the region, Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh was quick to downplay the probability of a neutral-site football game against Notre Dame in Denver.
“I don’t know if Notre Dame will be amenable to that because it will be like a home game for us, but who knows,” said Mueh, whose comments to the Denver Post led plenty of local fans to take to social media in support.
Early site possibilities for the 2015 matchup include Soldier Field in Chicago and either Cowboys Stadium or the Cotton Bowl in the Dallas area.
It’s extremely early, however. Mueh said Notre Dame’s agreement to play five games against Atlantic Coast Conference teams might mean the Irish would back out of the fifth and final game of an agreement that included two contests on each school’s campus and a neutral-site game.
He said no official discussions had been conducted and a decision probably won’t be reached until after Notre Dame travels to Air Force on Oct. 26.
That didn’t prevent Mueh from voicing an opinion.
“I’d love to do that for the Denver community and it’d be easy to get our fans there – much easier than it would be to get them to Texas and Chicago,” Mueh said. “Having said that though, for recruiting purposes I think if you asked that same question to my head coach he’d probably take the game in Texas.”
Opponents still unknown
Air Force still doesn’t know which three teams from the Mountain West’s West Division it will face in 2013. The group: Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV.
“We won’t have a final, final schedule until the TV partners chomp on it a little bit, but we’ll have an initial schedule with opponents soon,” Mueh said. “That could be within a week or so.”
Air Force has dates for four of its games – at home against Colgate on Aug. 31, at Navy on Oct. 5, home vs. Notre Dame on Oct. 26 and home vs. Army on Nov. 2.
Recruiting class might have size
Nothing will even be unofficially official until next week (Air Force’s appointment process makes the process different than most schools), but the recruiting class looks like it includes some players with size.
According to Scout.com, six players weighing 275 pounds or more in the class of 2013 have verbally committed to Air Force. Verbal commitments, however, are non-binding.
The Falcons had no players heavier than 265 pounds this past season.
Signing day is Wednesday.
Mountain West academic honors
Air Force placed nine football players on the Mountain West's all-conference academic list. Earning the honors were seniors Jordan Eason and Christopher Jordan; juniors Briceton Cannada, Ty MacArthur and Moshood Adeniji; sophomores Miles Fisher and Christian Gann; freshmen Reginald Barnes and Alexander Hansen.
The Falcons had 38 athletes from the fall season on the conference's list, including 11 from men's cross country, 10 from women's soccer, five from women's cross country and three from volleyball.