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Air Force defensive end Hansen out with shoulder injury


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 strain. Coach Troy Calhoun expects Hansen to return within a few days, but said his status for the Aug. 30 opener against Nicholls State is uncertain. Sophomore Ryan Watson and senior Riley Cannon...

Air Force hoops coaches take Ice Bucket Challenge


Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich and his assistants allowed the team's senior players to douse them with freezing water for a good cause. It's worth a look for Pilipovich's reaction if nothing else.

Observations from Air Force's second scrimmage


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, and with a team that uses its quarterback as a running back, that’s not live. Anyway, here were some things that stood out to me:   - Senior Broam Hart ran like a beast, but you have to keep...

Air Force safety Spears displays a watchful eye in practice


Senior Christian Spears has been billed as the Air Force defensive leader since fall camp of last year, maybe even before that. During Tuesday morning’s practice the free safety showed an example of how he has earned that title. During a play against the Air Force backup offense, Spears and the defense were lining up when the senior free...

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


I asked offensive coordinator Mike Thiessen what stood out to him from Saturday’s scrimmage after having an opportunity to study the film. Here's what he had to say: I thought our quarterbacks played well. Nate had that situation in the end zone (a fumbled exchange resulting in a safety), but I thought he handled the ball well and played...

Mountain West notebook: Fall camp edition


Beat writers from around the Mountain West will contribute to weekly notebooks throughout the season. This is the first such notebook for 2014, updating training camps for each of the league's 12 teams.   MOUNTAIN DIVISION AIR FORCE Air Force ran the Oklahoma drill during its second practice in full pads, the first time any player...

Thoughts, notes from Air Force's first fall scrimmage


Owens at No. 1 tailback As expected, sophomore Jacobi Owens took the first-team tailback spot as Devin Rushing missed the scrimmage with an ankle injury. Owens shredded the scout team defense early on Saturday, but was less noticeable once the starters on both sides began facing each other. “I thought early he came out a little bit high...

AFA freshmen log varsity practice time


Troy Calhoun isn’t generally chatty with reporters, but ask him about a freshman – particularly this early in camp – and he goes positively silent. He had nothing to say Thursday about receiver Cody Bronkar, a 6-foot-2, 197-pound talent who was working with the varsity, or running back Benton Washington, a 6-foot, 200 pound runner who was...

Physical practices take a toll on Air Force


Jamal Byrd graciously stayed and answered each question of a post-practice interview on Thursday, well aware that each passing minute was doubly cutting into his evening. You see, there’s a line for the Air Force ice tub. Show up late, you wait. “If you don’t get in there right after, you’re going to be waiting 30 minutes,” the senior...

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


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 during the upcoming basketball season. Those were the major announcements to come from the release of the 2014-15 basketball schedule on Tuesday. With 11 teams in the conference and an 18-game MW...

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


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 Carefree. The Air Force football coach spoke a bit more about the experience after practice on Thursday. First, Calhoun said no tax-payer money went to buy the lunches. Second, he acknowledged...

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


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 Carefree from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday to greet fans and buy lunch for everyone in the restaurant. Here’s the full release:   AFA coach Troy Calhoun buying community lunch Thursday...

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


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 season was picked last in the Mountain Division and the Falcons were shut out on the all-conference team.

First glimpse at Air Force depth chart reveals little


A first glimpse at an Air Force football depth chart (the list is posted below) was made available Monday when the Mountain West released its media guide online. This chart, however, is worth roughly as much as the online paper it is printed on and in many cases reflects only who was healthy at the end of spring practice for the...

Notes on Air Force’s roster as media guide released


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 the incoming freshmen).

Air Force’s Conant named to Lou Groza watch list


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

Game time set for Air Force football game at UNLV


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 at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. in Las Vegas). 

Conversation with Falcons basketball recruit Ryan Manning


Sacramento, Calif., native Ryan Manning spent a few minutes talking to The Gazette before leaving for basic training on Thursday morning. What’s your biggest trepidation going in today? For me it’s just being away from home. I’m a very family-oriented guy. Academics, I feel I’ll have no problem with them. I’m just trying to go […]

ESPN3 picks up Air Force football opener vs. Nicholls State


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 Mountain West announced it was one of three additional games picked up by ESPN3. There are now just two Falcons games (at Army on Nov. 1; at UNLV on […]

Two more Air Force games picked up for broadcast


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 games against New Mexico at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 and Nevada at noon on Nov. 15 will be shown on Root Sports, part of the Mountain West’s eight-game package […]

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


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 difference. The reason I say that, is, can someone out there maybe dangle out that they can put a little more cash in your pocket if you […]

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


Fountain-Fort Carson graduate Kevin Davis is healthy this summer for Colorado State. Davis, who earned All-America honors from Parade after his senior year in the Trojans, appeared in 23 games and made 23 tackles as a true freshman in 2012. He made five stops in a road game at Air Force that season. His 2013 […]

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


Traffic for major Air Force athletic events shouldn’t see a difference from Wednesday’s announced reduction in North Gate access hours. The academy will reduce visitors’ access to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through the north entrance beginning on July 1. This is a two-hour reduction in public access, a move made for cost-cutting purposes […]

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


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 Colorado Springs) and broadcast by ESPN3. This game, played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, will be the first between the programs. The Panthers moved up to FBS last […]

Air Force football will play night game at Wyoming in September


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 been picked up by ESPNU and will kick off at 8:15 p.m. Six of Air Force’s 12 games now have television rights assigned. None so far qualify Air Force for […]

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


Air Force recently announced its award winners for the 2013-14 season. Here’s the full release from the Academy:   Air Force athletics announces major award winners; recap of 2013-14 athletic season  U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Air Force athletics recognized several cadet-athletes as the end of the 2013-14 sports season at the...

Air Force outfielder named to freshmem All-American team


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 announced on Wednesday. The team is compiled by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.  Jones led the Falcons with a batting average of .338. He scored 30 runs and drove in a team-best 31. The second-team...

Air Force athletic director announces upcoming retirement via press release


Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh made official his intention to retire following the upcoming school year through a press release from the academy. Mueh had previously announced his intention to leave following his current contract, reitterating that intent this past weekend. Below is the full press release sent out by Air Force on Thursday...

Air Force center Husar named to preseason watch list


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 Monday. Here’s the full press release from Air Force:   Husar, Jr. named to Rimington Trophy watch list U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Air Force senior Michael Husar, Jr. […]

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


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 charred in the 2012 wildfire, is highly vunerable to flooding after its major loss of vegetation. The players will help install log erosion barriers on hill slopes and/or reseed […]

Coggins, Parker both leaving Air Force basketball program


Tre’ Coggins is leaving the Air Force basketball team. And he’s not alone. The sophomore point guard and leading scorer informed coach Dave Pilipovich that he will seek a transfer rather than return for his junior season, which would automatically trigger a commitment to graduate and serve five years as an officer. Freshman center Darrius...

Air Force hires basketball assistant from Virginia Tech


Former Virginia Tech assistant Andy Moore has joined Air Force as an assistant on coach Dave Pilipovich’s staff. Moore, whose hiring became official on Thursday, replaces Silvey Dominguez, who left earlier this month for an assistant position at WashingtonState. Moore, 44, has spent two years at Virginia Tech. Before that, he worked on staffs...

Air Force football not likely to see any bonus television money


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 Mountain West announced the remainder of its national television package, and at this point 10 of Air Force’s 12 games will be played on Saturdays, and all […]

Air Force snacks could become more elaborate under NCAA proposal


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 would still be felt. The major change would come for schools with athletes living off campus and receiving meal stipends. For Air Force, all athletes obviously live at […]

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


Air Force graduate Chad Hall has created a non-profit organization called Pigskin Patriots, which will offer free football and cheerleading camps to children of military members ages 5-14. The camps will be conducted by NFL players, with the first one scheduled for June 21 at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Hall has spent time […]

Kamryn Williams named MVP at Air Force basketball banquet


Kamryn Williams took the Bob Beckel Most Valuable Player award on Saturday night, as Air Force basketball announced its year-end awards at its banquet at the Colorado Springs Marriott. The two primary on-court honors, the MVP and the Tim Harris Most Improved award won by Marek Olesinski did not have clear favorites. Williams averaged 10.1...

Air Force football will play a pair of Friday games in 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 Falcons will play at San DiegoState at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21 and will host Colorado State at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 – the day after Thanksgiving. […]

Who is Air Force basketball's MVP?


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 leader. This goes hand-in-hand with a question I posed last week on Twitter, asking who is this team’s MVP? Most would agree that Tre’ Coggins is this team’s most […]

Thoughts before Air Force's MW Tournament opener


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 rarely torched from the outside, which is where the Bulldogs get most of their points behind three guards (Tyler Johnson, Cezar Guerrero and Marvelle Harris — the team’s top […]

Notes from Air Force spring football practice


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, March 19. Coach Troy Calhoun said plans were finalized on Thursday morning, fulfilling his request to not only play the program’s first spring game in several years, but to do so […]

More from the Air Force cornerback situation


 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. The interviews for the story went a bit more in-depth than could squeeze into that space, so I thought I’d share a bit of the extras here:   JUSTIN DeCOUD, […]

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


College football rules committee chairman Troy Calhoun said the infamous 10-second rule was shelved because evidence that it would prevent injuries was not conclusive. The Air Force coach and his committee were criticized by coaches of fast-paced offenses who felt the rule was written as a strategic crutch to help defenses that hadn’t found an...

AFA grad Jennings on College Football Hall of Fame ballot


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 ballot that was announced on Thursday. Here is the full press release from Air Force:   Ernie Jennings on College Football Hall of Fame ballot Former Air Force All-American wide […]

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

2014-03-03 Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez, along with some clever video editing, released a funny, scathing reaction to the rules committee’s recommendation that teams not be allowed to snap the ball until 10 seconds have run off the play clock. Rodriguez appears in a parody of the movie...

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


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 shoot. Olesinski had a miserable day on Saturday. The Falcons’ starting center went scoreless, going 0 for 4 from the field, including 0 for 3 from 3-point range. He […]

WR MacArthur receives Air Force football's top award


Receiver Ty MacArthur, who drew praise for both his talent and work ethic throughout an injury-filled career, won Air Force football’s top honor on Friday night as he was the recipient of the Brian Bullard Award. Below is the full press release sent out by Air Force:    Ty MacArthur takes home top honor at […]

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


President Obama has yet to announce his budget, so anything regarding the impact of potential budget cuts to Air Force remains purely speculative. However, it’s becoming more and more clear that sports will be impacted if serious cuts need to be made. Also, we have obtained the following email sent from Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, […]

Mountain West clarifies Thanksgiving week policy as it impacts AFA


Air Force coach Troy Calhoun detests playing games on Saturday following Thanksgiving, but he no longer has any choice. Under the Mountain West’s new format, which includes a championshp game, all teams must play the week prior to that game. Not having a game in that week, the league reasons, would provide an unfair advantage […]

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


Air Force issued the following press release today, detailing the quick thinking that allowed sophomore fencer Madeleine Girardot to save the life of a 15-year-old Colorado Springs girl while in Virginia Beach for a fencing competition.   Air Force fencer performs the life-saving action U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Air Force sophomore...

Air Force football schedule released


The Mountain West released its full football schedule on Thursday. Air Force already knew its opponents and locations, but the schedule gives the order of those games (specific days can change as television networks take games and can move them to Thursdays and Fridays). The primary item of note is that the Falcons largely miss […]

Issues to watch during spring football for Air Force


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 competed by the actual beginning of spring. Semantics aside, there are plenty of issues to watch as the Falcons begin rebuilding after a 2-10 season, here are a few: 1. […]

Falcons give football coaching staff a shakeup


Titles and responsibilities received a thorough makeover as Air Force released its new coaching roster in advance of the beginning of spring practice. Mike Thiessen will take over as the sole offensive coordinator – a position he split with three others last year – and Steve Russ will be the defensive coordinator. The major positions […]

Falcons tour training grounds of Navy SEALs near San Diego


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 as an “eye-opening experience,” the Falcons toured Navy SEALS training grounds on CoronadoIsland near San Diego. The Falcons, of course, are put through tests far beyond their typical college peers...

Players, coaches offer take on Air Force game


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 notes. Here’s a little extra: Air Force’s Max Yon, on the fight the team has shown, staying close against San Diego State and in many games that looked as […]

Awini confirms intent to play at CU in online publication


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, Awini is quoted as saying: “I am going to go to CU. I told their coaches that and they were excited. They think I will bring a little athleticism […]

Air Force first baseman earns preseason MW honors


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 academy for details:   Kline Named Mountain West Preseason All-Conference Air Force baseball senior first baseman Seth Kline has been named to the 2014 Mountain West Preseason All-Conference Team....

Air Force football recruiting class


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 committed (they don’t technically sign on “Signing Day”), so this is cobbled together from various recruting sites like Rivals, Scout and 247sports as well as social media and other […]

My long, meandering journey to the Super Bowl


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 nothing to do with the shared, um, green policies, but with the conclusion of a crazy week of travel that was capped with an aptly named red […]

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


  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 tonight and to Nevada on Saturday. “We left him back. We didn’t bring him,” coach Dave Pilipovich said Wednesday morning. “The reason being we have standards that we expect […]

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


Navy landed a commitment on Sunday from Trenton Noller, a 6-foot-3, 311-pound offensive lineman from Windsor. According to, Windsor benches 325 pounds, squats 530 and the Denver Post included him on its All-Colorado team. Air Force fans will find it interesting that Noller reportedly had offers from Arizona, Georgia Tech, Wyoming, New...

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


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 fans calling the game a “must-win,” and I don’t agree with that assessment, simply because this is not an all-or-nothing season. It’s a team driven by its juniors and […]

Q&A: Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun


Troy Calhoun spoke with reporters for the first time in nearly two months on Tuesday morning. Here’s a portion of the conversation:   Q: How has the loss of two coaches impacted recruiting at this critical juncture? TC: You have a plan in place. We’ve been lucky, we’ve had this before where we’ve had two […]

Pilipovich addresses cancer battle of assistant Long


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 Falcons coach instead opened with the somber news that assistant Drew Long is battling cancer. Below is the full text of Pilipovich’s opening statement as well as his answers […]

Romine, three other QBs recognized for military honors


  Air Force recently sent out the press release pasted below, citing military honors for 51 members of the football team. The honors require a 3.0 military performance average. The list includes some of the team’s top players, including running back Anthony Lacoste, guard Moshood Adeniji, center Michael Husar, receiver Sam Gagliano,...

LaCoste to play in East-West Shrine Game on Saturday


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 and six touchdowns this past season, as he emerged late in the season. He ran for 263 yards and three touchdowns against Army, following that with 177 yards the next week […]

Pregame thoughts before Air Force plays at Fresno State


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. Remember, Air Force had stumbled to an exhibition loss to Division II Regis, then lost at home to JacksonState in the preseason (in addition to road losses to UC […]

Pregame thoughts: Air Force no longer a young basketball team


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 one of transition and youth. At many times during the nonconference schedule the Falcons would be forced to play as many as three freshmen at a time. Five […]

AFA captain Earls keeps perspective in approach to dealing with injury


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 past summer. The Air Force junior forward didn’t have one moment when he knew his left tibia was broken, but it was rather the culmination […]

Looking back at a disturbing trend for Air Force football


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 Mountain West. Entering this season, Troy Calhoun owned a 26-6 career mark against Colorado State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and Wyoming. Throw in a 6-0 cakewalk through […]

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


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 likely was that the Falcons were sticking with the same ol’, same ol’ by bringing in yet another AFA grad to the staff. This would miss the point. […]

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


Former Air Force coach Chris Mooney will return to Clune Arena tonight, and that has understandably provided much of the topic of conversation in advance of this game against Richmond. However, it was another Air Force connection that helped land the Spiders on the Falcons’ schedule. Coach Dave Pilipovich needed to add an extra game […]

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


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 coaches or his program in general. The Air Force football coach in the past months has talked at length about his desire to bring a ninth-semester for cadets, […]

Calhoun's frustrations boil over during impassioned press conference


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 seemed – publicly, at least – at peace with enduring a few blowout losses and the end of his program’s six consecutive bowl trips. What he […]

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


Air Force’s latest football depth chart provides some small changes that might seem somewhat obvious, but are certainly noteworthy. At the quarterback position, Nate Romine is finally listed as a starter; dropping the “—or—“ that had previously linked his name to that of backup Karson Roberts. This is far from a surprise, as Romine has seen...

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


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 played 37 minutes, bringing his total to 150 out of the team’s 160 minutes during four games in a nine-day span. He had seven turnovers and made just 2-of-12 shots. Coggins’ struggles […]

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


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 proclaiming there was more to come from him. “My journey won’t end here!” Hall wrote. This certainly could be it for Hall, who had just one catch this season for […]

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


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 to make a change at defensive coordinator. This fits in with the natural reaction of many fans who believe if something is not working the guy in charge […]

Anthony LaCoste: 1,000-yard back?


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 1,000-yard back in four of coach Troy Calhoun’s first six years (and a 970-yarder in one of the others), but it seemed an impossible figure to […]

Food drive at Air Force/Army football game


Air Force coach Troy Calhoun is encouraging spectators to bring non-parishable food items to Saturday’s 10 a.m. football game against Army at Falcon Stadium. Calhoun and his wife, Amanda, put on the food drive, which has been a charity of choice since Amanda became involved in a similar effort while Calhoun was an assistant coach […]

Air Force quarterback describes post-concussion test and the stress of taking it


For an student-athlete (or cadet-athlete), one of the most stressful exams they’ll be given is the imPACT test. This is the test that is given to athletes before a season to establish a baseline of brain function, then given again after a concussion to see if the brain is acting as it should. The results aren’t […]

Air Force WR MacArthur to miss another game with concussion; future in doubt


Air Force receiver Ty MacArthur continues to be out with a concussion that he suffered in the third game of the season at Boise State. MacArthur had played through a series of injuries throughout his career but hasn’t been able to shake this one. With only four games remaining and with MacArthur already having been […]

DeBerry's grandson recovering from broken neck


I spoke with longtime Air Force football coach Fisher DeBerry over the weekend and he shared some frightening family news. His 16-year-old grandson, Andrew Sabatini, a promising football player in the Tulsa, Okla., area, recently suffered a broken vertebrae in his neck and had a surgery that took bone from his hip to fuse two […]

Intercollegiate sports resume at Air Force (full text of announcement)


Air Force sent the following announcement on Wednesday afternoon: Air Force intercollegiate teams to resume competitions                U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – The Academy is awaiting written final Department of Defense guidance, however, we have been advised that all Air Force Academy intercollegiate athletics may resume immediately. We...

Air Force basketball to have 19 games broadcast this season


The Mountain West released its basketball television schedule early Wednesday, and it included 19 broadcasts for Air Force. The Falcons will play nine times on ROOT Sports, four times on ESPN3, one game each on ESPNU, CBS Sports Network and channel 96 in Las Vegas and have three game streamed online on the Mountain West […]

Source: Air Force/San Diego St. "game on"


A source has confirmed to The Gazette that Thursday’s football game between Air Force and San Diego State will be played as scheduled after initially being postponed because of the government shutdown. However, public announcement has been made on the matter long after a Tuesday afternoon deadline came and went. “Game on,” the...

Mountain West football notebook for Week 7


MOUNTAIN DIVISION   AIR FORCE For the second week in a row, Air Force has been practicing for an opponent unaware if the game will even take place. A source said early Tuesday afternoon that the game would take place, but the school has yet to issue official confirmation. Coach Troy Calhoun said the uncertainty […]

Trainers, equipment crew were last-minute scratches from Air Force football flight


The traveling party for Air Force at Navy is thin. Thinner, in fact, than most had anticipated, including those who thought they would be in Annapolis today. As far as players, nothing changed. Same with coaches. Most of the support staff like the sports information department and athletic director Hans Mueh knew they weren’t going to […]

Air Force/Navy game still hanging in the balance


The on-again, off-again Air Force/Navy football game remains off early Wednesday evening, according to an Air Force source. With athletic travel suspended at service academies during the government shutdown, the teams have been in discussions throughout the past two days on ways to not only fund the game without using government or military...

What we know about Air Force's new quarterback, Karson Roberts


Karson Roberts will wear No. 16 for Air Force today. Beyond that, we don’t know a great deal of certainties about this player who may be the most unknown Air Force starting quarterback in recent memory. He was thrust into the role earlier this week when Jaleel Awini was deemed ineligible as he was no […]

A stat to cheer up Air Force fans, or at least add a bit of perspective


If anybody needs a pick-me up right now, it’s an Air Force football fan. The team has given up 150 points in starting 0-3 in the conference and now the dynamic starting quarterback is suspended indefinitely for academy issues. Talking with many supporters of the team, the conversation inevitably drifts back to better days, mostly […]

More controversy brewing between Air Force and Wyoming


More drama has emerged between the football programs at Air Force and Wyoming. Cowboys linebacker Nehemie Kankolongo was suspended for one game by the Mountain West on Monday for a hit on Anthony LaCoste as LaCoste was returning a kickoff. On the play, Kankolongo blew through Air Force blocker Colton Huntsman and nearly simultaneously struck...

Around the Mountain West: Week 5


MOUNTAIN DIVISION AIR FORCE Three straight weeks of beatdowns finally seem to have brought about some changes for the Air Force defense. Work was spent in practice on jamming receivers, at least one newcomer will step into the lineup as Dexter Walker has moved to first team at strong safety and, perhaps most importantly, the […]

Air Force players, coach saw no harm in Wyoming's choice of jerseys


Several Air Force fans have emailed The Gazette or taken to message boards, expressing disgust over Wyoming’s jerseys that had words like Respect, Loyalty, Duty, Honor and Integriy in place of names on the back. Wyoming debuted the jerseys last year as part of Military Appreciation Day. The perception from Falcons fans who have voiced...

More from Air Force's blowout loss to Wyoming


Wyoming’s Brett Smith threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 138 yards and another score as the Cowboys picked apart Air Foce 56-23 in a late game Saturday that kicked off at 8:26 p.m. and ended 4 minutes before midnight. The game ended too late for many details to make it into […]

Calhoun offers solution to AFA game day traffic: Move north gate


Might the Air Force north gate be moved away from the I-25 exit and deeper into the academy? If football coach Troy Calhoun has his way it will. Once again this week, Calhoun spent part of his Tuesday afternoon press conference sharing his opinion on ways to enhance the football experience at Air Force. Weeks […]

Air Force and Wyoming: All that didn't fit in print


The buildup to this week’s football game between Air Force and Wyoming provided more than we could squeeze in the paper. Here are some of the highlights that didn’t make it:   Wyoming coach Dave Christensen on… Air Force QB Jaleel Awini: “He’s very athletic, and usually that’s the case with an Air Force quarterback. […]

Mountain West notebook: Week 4


MOUNTAIN DIVISION   AIR FORCE Jon Lee knew the question before it was asked. After all, he’s been hearing it everywhere. It seems everyone wants to know: Are you growing frustrated? “Not yet,” he said. “It’s still early in the season.” The use of the Air Force tailback has, at the least, been perplexing. Lee […]

Mountain West notebook: Week 3


MOUNTAIN DIVISION   AIR FORCE Beginning with Friday night’s game at Boise State, Air Force enters a bizarre stretch in which six of its next nine contests begin after 5 p.m. Mountain Time and another kicks off at 9:30 a.m. With Monday’s announcement that the Sept. 21 home game against Wyoming will start at 8:15 […]

Air Force players familiar with Boise State's unique field


Boise State’s blue turf has become an important part of the football program’s brand, making it as instantly recognizable to a TV viewer as the midfield star at Cowboys Stadium or the Green Monster at Fenway. The fan base is also clearly passionate about its playing surface (see the comments section in a column by […]

Time set for Wyoming game, and it's a LATE one


Air Force and Wyoming will kick off at 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Falcon Stadium in a game that will be televised on ESPNU. If you’re a fan of Saturday afternoon football and a fan of the Falcons, you’re out of luck for the foreseeable future. Of Air Force’s remaining 10 games, six start after […]

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