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Mountain West notebook: Week 4

Sep 18, 2014

MOUNTAIN DIVISION   AIR FORCE The Falcons are on a bye this week. Next game: vs. Boise State, Sept. 27   BOISE STATE Boise...

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Air Force heads into a potentially scary matchup in Atlanta

Sep 13, 2014

A few thoughts Air Force vs. Georgia State as I traverse at 39,000 feet over the country (with an update after landing). This is a scary game...

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Offensive coach Mike Thiessen

Sep 9, 2014

The Gazette's Brent Briggeman talked with Air Force offensive coordinator Mike Thiessen about a 17-13 loss to Wyoming and this week's game at...

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Mountain West notebook: Week 3

Sep 9, 2014

Newspaper beat writers from around the Mountain West combine for news and notes as teams prepare for the season's second week:   MOUNTAIN...

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Defensive coach Steve Russ

Sep 9, 2014

The Gazette's Brent Briggeman talked with Air Force defensive coordinator Steve Russ on Monday about the upcoming game at Georgia State and last...

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Prolific passing game could have been much better for Air Force

Sep 8, 2014

Kale Pearson’s career night could have been so, so much better. The Air Force senior quarterback went 17 of 23 for 226 yards with no touchdowns...

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Air Force coach excited for the Broncos' Ben Garland

Sep 3, 2014

Troy Calhoun recalled with perfect clarity a moment after learning Ben Garland had broken his hand in practice. Meeting with the trainer and...

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Davern's debut at fullback for Air Force draws rave reviews

Sep 3, 2014

The headlines obviously went to Jacobi Owens in Air Force’s 44-16 season-opening victory over Nicholls State. But while Owens ran for 233 yards in...

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Air Force offensive tackle says roster is correct, he weighs just 240 pounds

Sep 3, 2014

Air Force right tackle Sevrin Remmo says there’s no typo next to his name on the roster. He does, in fact, weigh just 240 pounds. “That’s...

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Mountain West notebook: Week 2

Sep 2, 2014

Newspaper beat writers from around the Mountain West combine for news and notes as teams prepare for the season's second week:  ...

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Offensive coach Mike Thiessen

Sep 1, 2014

Air Force offensive coordinator/receivers coach Mike Thiessen talks to The Gazette's Brent Briggeman in a look back at an opening victory over...

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Defensive coach Steve Russ

Sep 1, 2014

Air Force defensive coordinator/secondary coach Steve Russ chats with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman in a look back at Week 1 vs. Nicholls State...

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Opener provides schematic test for Air Force, not an emotional workout

Aug 30, 2014

Air Force was tested defensively against Nicholls State, surrendering a pair of seven-play scoring drives before shutting down the Colonels on...

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Players discuss excitement, nerves in advance of Air Force opener

Aug 29, 2014

As Air Force prepares for the season opener on noon Saturday, there’s plenty of breaking down of sizes (Nicholls State is quite large up front),...

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Air Force football video links

Aug 29, 2014

Some clips that are available through the MW Digital network and/or Air Force's FalconVision:   Troy Calhoun's press conference from 8/26...

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Air Force hires former Drake coach as basketball assistant

Aug 26, 2014

Air Force basketball wasted no time filling an opening on its coaching staff, announcing the hiring of Kurt Kanaskie the day after Steve Snell...

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Mountain West notebook: Week 1

Aug 26, 2014

Beat writers from around the Mountain West conference work together to provide weekly news updates from the league's 12 football teams.  ...

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Air Force football releases depth chart for opener

Aug 25, 2014

Air Force released its depth chart for the season opener on Monday, with Kale Pearson the top quarterback, as expected. The only surprises came...

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First look at an unofficial Air Force football depth chart

Aug 21, 2014

The physical fall camp for Air Force will make one last gasp this weekend, with live sessions planned for Friday or Saturday. And what a...

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Conant could pull double duty as Air Force placekicker, punter

Aug 21, 2014

Standout placekicker Will Conant may add punting responsibilities this year as well, as the competition at punter is between he and Brett Dunn....

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Air Force freshman Ross learning quickly at linebacker

Aug 21, 2014

Freshman linebacker Grant Ross, who turned down a full scholarship offer from TCU before coming to Air Force by way of the prep school, has worked...

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Q&A: Air Force quarterbacks coach on depth, experience and 21 pull-ups

Aug 20, 2014

The Gazette's Brent Briggeman: Have you seen the progression with Kale Pearson as a passer? Air Force QB coach Blane Morgan: Just maturity-wise...

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Air Force defensive end Hansen out with shoulder injury

Aug 19, 2014

Junior defensive end Alex Hansen, a two-year starter with four career sacks and 11 tackles for loss, missed Monday’s practice with a shoulder...

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Air Force hoops coaches take Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 15, 2014

Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich and his assistants allowed the team's senior players to douse them with freezing water for a good...

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Observations from Air Force's second scrimmage

Aug 15, 2014

Air Force went “live” for a scrimmage on Friday – I hesitate to fully call it live simply because the quarterbacks, of course, remain off limits,...

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Air Force safety Spears displays a watchful eye in practice

Aug 12, 2014

Senior Christian Spears has been billed as the Air Force defensive leader since fall camp of last year, maybe even before that. During Tuesday...

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Air Force offensive coordinator likes play of QBs, o-line

Aug 12, 2014

I asked offensive coordinator Mike Thiessen what stood out to him from Saturday’s scrimmage after having an opportunity to study the film....

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Mountain West notebook: Fall camp edition

Aug 12, 2014

Beat writers from around the Mountain West will contribute to weekly notebooks throughout the season. This is the first such notebook for 2014,...

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Thoughts, notes from Air Force's first fall scrimmage

Aug 9, 2014

Owens at No. 1 tailback As expected, sophomore Jacobi Owens took the first-team tailback spot as Devin Rushing missed the scrimmage with an...

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AFA freshmen log varsity practice time

Aug 8, 2014

Troy Calhoun isn’t generally chatty with reporters, but ask him about a freshman – particularly this early in camp – and he goes positively...

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Physical practices take a toll on Air Force

Aug 7, 2014

Jamal Byrd graciously stayed and answered each question of a post-practice interview on Thursday, well aware that each passing minute was doubly...

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Blog: Air Force won't visit Wyoming in 2014-15 basketball season

Aug 5, 2014

Air Force will not play at Wyoming – one of the few places in the Mountain West it has found recent success – and will not host Fresno State...

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More on AFA coach Troy Calhoun and Chick-fil-A

Jul 31, 2014

As covered by my colleague Kevin Carmody, Troy Calhoun spent part of his day on Thursday paying for lunches at the Chick-fil-A on Powers and North...

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Air Force coach buying everyone lunch at Chick-fil-A

Jul 30, 2014

This press release issued by Air Force is fairly self-explanatory. Football coach Troy Calhoun will be at the Chick-fil-A on Powers and North...

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Air Force football picked last in division, shut out on all-league team

Jul 22, 2014

The Mountain West began football media days in Las Vegas by releasing its preseason poll and all-conference teams. Air Force, coming off a 2-10...

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First glimpse at Air Force depth chart reveals little

Jul 21, 2014

A first glimpse at an Air Force football depth chart (the list is posted below) was made available Monday when the Mountain West...

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Notes on Air Force’s roster as media guide released

Jul 17, 2014

Air Force released its 2014 media guide on Thursday, and with it our first look at a semi-official roster for the upcoming season (minus...

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Air Force’s Conant named to Lou Groza watch list

Jul 9, 2014

Air Force’s Will Conant was one of 30 kickers named to the Lou Groza Award watch list, it was announced on Wednesday.

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Game time set for Air Force football game at UNLV

Jul 1, 2014

The Mountain West Network, a web-only entity, has picked up the broadcast for Air Force’s football game at UNLV on Nov. 8, with the game starting...

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Conversation with Falcons basketball recruit Ryan Manning

Jun 26, 2014

Sacramento, Calif., native Ryan Manning spent a few minutes talking to The Gazette before leaving for basic training on Thursday morning. What’s...

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ESPN3 picks up Air Force football opener vs. Nicholls State

Jun 26, 2014

Air Force will open the 2014 football season at noon on Aug. 30 against Nicholls State. The time of the game was finalized on Thursday, as the...

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Two more Air Force games picked up for broadcast

Jun 19, 2014

Two more Air Force games will be televised in the 2014 season, and neither will require a time change away from early Saturday afternoon. The home...

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Q and A with Air Force coach Troy Calhoun on new and proposed NCAA regulations

Jun 18, 2014

If the NCAA expands some of the benefits allowed for players, how might that impact Air Force? I don’t think for us it makes too much of a...

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F-FC grad Kevin Davis back in the mix for CSU after injury

Jun 18, 2014

Fountain-Fort Carson graduate Kevin Davis is healthy this summer for Colorado State. Davis, who earned All-America honors from Parade after his...

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Change to North Gate hours shouldn't impact traffic for major AFA events

Jun 11, 2014

Traffic for major Air Force athletic events shouldn’t see a difference from Wednesday’s announced reduction in North Gate access hours. The academy...

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Time, broadcast details set for Air Force football at Georgia State

Jun 10, 2014

Another date on Air Force’s football schedule has been finalized, as the Sept. 13 game at Georgia State will be played at 2 p.m. (noon in...

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Air Force football will play night game at Wyoming in September

Jun 5, 2014

For the second straight year, Air Force’s matchup against Wyoming will end at or near midnight. The Sat., Sept. 6 game at Laramie, Wyo., has...

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Golfer Westmoreland, runner Eichenberger earn Air Force top male, female athlete honors

Jun 4, 2014

Air Force recently announced its award winners for the 2013-14 season. Here’s the full release from the Academy:   Air Force athletics...

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Air Force outfielder named to freshmem All-American team

Jun 4, 2014

Air Force freshman outfielder Tyler Jones was one of two from the Mountain West named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team, it was...

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Air Force athletic director announces upcoming retirement via press release

May 22, 2014

Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh made official his intention to retire following the upcoming school year through a press release from the...

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Air Force center Husar named to preseason watch list

May 19, 2014

Air Force senior center Michael Husar Jr. is gaining some preseason recognition, as he was one of 64 names to the Rimington Trophy watch list on...

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Air Force football players to assist with Waldo Canyon burn scar restoration

May 16, 2014

About 50 Air Force football players are slated to help with restoration of the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar area on Tuesday. The area, which was...

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Coggins, Parker both leaving Air Force basketball program

May 1, 2014

Tre’ Coggins is leaving the Air Force basketball team. And he’s not alone. The sophomore point guard and leading scorer informed coach Dave...

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Air Force hires basketball assistant from Virginia Tech

Apr 17, 2014

Former Virginia Tech assistant Andy Moore has joined Air Force as an assistant on coach Dave Pilipovich’s staff. Moore, whose hiring became...

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Air Force football not likely to see any bonus television money

Apr 17, 2014

So far so good for the many Air Force football fans wishing to keep as many home games as possible in the early afternoon hours on Saturdays. The...

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Air Force snacks could become more elaborate under NCAA proposal

Apr 16, 2014

An NCAA proposal to allow athletes to receive unlimited meals and snacks would not have as much impact at Air Force as other institutions – but it...

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Air Force grad Hall to hold free football camps for children of military members

Apr 16, 2014

Air Force graduate Chad Hall has created a non-profit organization called Pigskin Patriots, which will offer free football and cheerleading camps...

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Kamryn Williams named MVP at Air Force basketball banquet

Apr 12, 2014

Kamryn Williams took the Bob Beckel Most Valuable Player award on Saturday night, as Air Force basketball announced its year-end awards at its...

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Air Force football will play a pair of Friday games in 2014

Apr 10, 2014

Air Force will play a pair of Friday football games, as the Mountain West announced its national package of Friday games for the 2014 season. The...

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Who is Air Force basketball's MVP?

Mar 12, 2014

If you haven’t seen today’s copy of The Gazette, there is a story about Air Force basketball focusing on the team’s ongoing quest to identify a...

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Thoughts before Air Force's MW Tournament opener

Mar 12, 2014

Fresno State is as hot as anyone in the Mountain West, but the guard-dominated team may not be a terrible matchup for Air Force. The Falcons are...

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Notes from Air Force spring football practice

Mar 6, 2014

Spring game officially set for District 20 Stadium Air Force will play its spring football game at District 20 Stadium at 5 p.m. on Wednesday,...

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More from the Air Force cornerback situation

Mar 6, 2014

 If you missed it, check out the story in Friday’s edition of The Gazette about how injuries have impacted Air Force at the cornerback position....

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Calhoun's rules committee kills one controversial rule, adopts another

Mar 6, 2014

College football rules committee chairman Troy Calhoun said the infamous 10-second rule was shelved because evidence that it would prevent injuries...

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AFA grad Jennings on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Mar 6, 2014

Air Force wide receiver Ernie Jennings, a 1971 graduate, is one of 75 Football Bowl Subdivision players on the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame...

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Arizona coach parodies "Speed" in scathing, funny rebuttle to Calhoun's committee

Mar 3, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNPdi5hRLy8 Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez, along with some clever video editing, released a funny, scathing...

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Extra shooting from Olesinski should provide a glimmer of hope for Air Force

Mar 1, 2014

At 6:24 p.m. on Saturday, more than two hours after Air Force’s loss to UNLV, Marek Olesinski walked back onto the floor at Clune Arena to...

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WR MacArthur receives Air Force football's top award

Feb 28, 2014

Receiver Ty MacArthur, who drew praise for both his talent and work ethic throughout an injury-filled career, won Air Force football’s top...

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Evidence points to sports being impacted if Air Force faces budget cuts

Feb 28, 2014

President Obama has yet to announce his budget, so anything regarding the impact of potential budget cuts to Air Force remains purely speculative....

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Mountain West clarifies Thanksgiving week policy as it impacts AFA

Feb 21, 2014

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun detests playing games on Saturday following Thanksgiving, but he no longer has any choice. Under the Mountain...

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Air Force fencer saves life of girl, 15, with Heimlich maneuver

Feb 21, 2014

Air Force issued the following press release today, detailing the quick thinking that allowed sophomore fencer Madeleine Girardot to save the life...

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Air Force football schedule released

Feb 20, 2014

The Mountain West released its full football schedule on Thursday. Air Force already knew its opponents and locations, but the schedule gives the...

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Issues to watch during spring football for Air Force

Feb 18, 2014

What to watch in Air Force spring practice“Spring” practice begins for Air Force on Wednesday afternoon with the start of 15 dates that will be...

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Falcons give football coaching staff a shakeup

Feb 18, 2014

Titles and responsibilities received a thorough makeover as Air Force released its new coaching roster in advance of the beginning of spring...

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Falcons tour training grounds of Navy SEALs near San Diego

Feb 16, 2014

The Air Force basketball time utilized its extra time away from the academy to take a military-related field trip. In what was universally regarded...

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Players, coaches offer take on Air Force game

Feb 15, 2014

There were more compelling quotes after Air Force’s game at No. 5 San Diego State on Saturday night that made it into the normal story and...

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Awini confirms intent to play at CU in online publication

Feb 11, 2014

Jaleel Awini has confirmed what The Gazette reported on Monday – that he intends to play football at the University of Colorado. In a story on...

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Air Force first baseman earns preseason MW honors

Feb 11, 2014

Air Force’s Seth Kline has earned a spot on the Mountain West Preseason All-Conference baseball team. See the below press release from the...

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Air Force football recruiting class

Feb 6, 2014

Here is the Air Force recruiting class as pieced together by The Gazette. The academy is not allowed to release a list of players who have...

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My long, meandering journey to the Super Bowl

Feb 2, 2014

Like so many others – I’m guessing – from Colorado and Washington, I arrived in New York for the Super Bowl with red eyes. My blood-shot look had...

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Coggins doesn't make AFA hoops road trip for disciplinary reasons

Jan 29, 2014

  Point guard and leading scorer Tre’ Coggins did not join the Air Force basketball team on a road trip that takes it to Boise State...

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Navy lands 311-pound Colorado recruit; AFA apparently took a pass

Jan 26, 2014

Navy landed a commitment on Sunday from Trenton Noller, a 6-foot-3, 311-pound offensive lineman from Windsor. According to Scout.com, Windsor...

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Must-win for Air Force? No, but very important

Jan 22, 2014

Air Force’s game against Wyoming tonight is as important a game as the Falcons have played in a while. Certainly this season. I’ve heard Air Force...

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Q&A: Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun

Jan 21, 2014

Troy Calhoun spoke with reporters for the first time in nearly two months on Tuesday morning. Here’s a portion of the conversation:   Q:...

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Pilipovich addresses cancer battle of assistant Long

Jan 20, 2014

Put Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich at a podium and the atmosphere is immediately lightened with jokes. That was not the case on Monday, as the...

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Romine, three other QBs recognized for military honors

Jan 14, 2014

  Air Force recently sent out the press release pasted below, citing military honors for 51 members of the football team. The honors require a...

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LaCoste to play in East-West Shrine Game on Saturday

Jan 14, 2014

Air Force running back Anthony LaCoste will play Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game, an all-star showcase for seniors. LaCoste ran for 890 yards...

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Pregame thoughts before Air Force plays at Fresno State

Jan 8, 2014

Before Air Force tips off against Fresno State here at the Save Mart Center, let’s revisit the remarkable week that the Falcons had one more time....

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Pregame thoughts: Air Force no longer a young basketball team

Jan 4, 2014

The narrative of this Air Force basketball season has changed in a move that sort of snuck up on everyone. The story through this campaign had been...

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AFA captain Earls keeps perspective in approach to dealing with injury

Dec 31, 2013

DeLovell Earls conveys an image of cool – in no rush when he talks or walks. He took this same approach when it came to dealing with an injury this...

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Looking back at a disturbing trend for Air Force football

Dec 18, 2013

If you’re an Air Force fan, nothing should concern you more than the Falcons’ dismal performance against the teams they used to dominate in the...

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Bringing Knorr back would provide Air Force's staff with needed experience

Dec 18, 2013

When news broke on Tuesday that Air Force was near a deal to bring former assistant Brian Knorr back to the academy, the initial reaction from fans...

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Air Force connection led to game with Richmond, but not the one you might expect

Nov 27, 2013

Former Air Force coach Chris Mooney will return to Clune Arena tonight, and that has understandably provided much of the topic of conversation in...

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Air Force coach wants 16-team playoff; doesn't feel bowl system would feel an impact

Nov 27, 2013

Troy Calhoun has not shied away from controversial topics this season – provided, of course, that the topic was not one of his players, one of his...

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Calhoun's frustrations boil over during impassioned press conference

Nov 22, 2013

Troy Calhoun finally reached a boiling point. It has been clear for some time that this was going to be a down year for Air Force, and the coach...

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Changes in Air Force depth chart are at once obvious and momentous

Nov 20, 2013

Air Force’s latest football depth chart provides some small changes that might seem somewhat obvious, but are certainly noteworthy. At the...

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Thoughts on Coggins, Air Force and an unsustainable number of minutes

Nov 18, 2013

The performance from Tre’ Coggins on Sunday was probably inevitable for Air Force. In a 67-64 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff the point guard...

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Air Force coach shares memories of Hall, who was cut Wednesday by Kansas City

Nov 14, 2013

Former Air Force standout Chad Hall took to Twitter shortly after losing his job with the Kansas City Chiefs, wishing luck to the organization and...

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Warren's role with Air Force much deeper than calling defenses

Nov 4, 2013

I hear a lot of talk about Air Force football in my position, and the thing I’ve heard more than any else this year is that the Falcons need...

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Anthony LaCoste: 1,000-yard back?

Nov 3, 2013

As crazy as it might have seemed about 24 hours ago, Air Force may have a running back go for 1,000 yards this year. The program has produced a...

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I have been with the The Gazette since 2006 and began covering Air Force athletics in the fall of 2012. While with The Gazette I've jumped from layout & design to covering the Sky Sox to spending several years overseeing our high school sports coverage. I've written for newspapers at the University of Kansas, St. Joseph, Mo., and Maui. (By the way, one of those things is not like the other) At home, my wife, Jennifer, and I have three young daughters, ranging in age from 3 1/2 to 8 months. As you might imagine, sleep is scarce, so please forgive a typo or two.

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