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Air Force football schedule reveals fortunate timing for bye, Halloween in Hawaii

Mar 2, 2015

Air Force will spend Halloween in Hawaii, close the season with two road games and has its lone in-season off week to prepare for its trip to...

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Scenarios abound, but the most likely puts Air Force in MW's 8 vs. 9 game

Mar 1, 2015

Scenarios still exist that could put Air Force as anything from the No. 7 to 10 seed in the Mountain West tournament. In all likelihood,...

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Home has truly been sweet for Air Force, others in Mountain West

Feb 27, 2015

With Air Force set to play its final home game of the season on Saturday, it’s a good time to ponder just what makes the Falcons – and so many...

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Emptying the notebook: Air Force tops Nevada

Feb 26, 2015

It’s called the charity stripe for a reason, apparently, because Nevada was sure generous in helping Air Force to a victory on Wednesday my...

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Mountain West hoops notebook: Nance ready to return for Wyoming

Feb 24, 2015

AIR FORCE With the season’s two final games at Clune Arena coming up this week, Air Force will say goodbye to a deep senior class largely beset...

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Postseason possibilities still exist for Air Force basketball

Feb 19, 2015

By winning three straight home games and four of six overall, Air Force has raised several possibilities for itself with four games remaining in...

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Air Force announces hiring of two assistants but not their assignments

Feb 18, 2015

Air Force finally announced the hiring of offensive assistant coaches Steed Lobotzki and Derek Lewis, but it did not reveal what their roles will...

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Air Force spring football: Five storylines to track

Feb 17, 2015

Air Force opens spring football practice on Wednesday. Here are five storylines to track through the next month.   1. Who fills the...

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Mountain West hoops notebook

Feb 17, 2015

AIR FORCE The Falcons are on a roll, having won four of six. But they know this stretch hasn’t proven anything conclusively about their season....

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Air Force grad reportedly returning as offensive assistant

Feb 12, 2015

It appears that Air Force grad Steed Lobotzke is returning to the academy as a football assistant. The news was reported on social media on...

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Tarkanian left major impact throughout Mountain West

Feb 12, 2015

Boise State coach Leon Rice took time after defeating Air Force on Wednesday night to reflect on his personal experience with legendary coach...

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Report: Air Force has hired former Florida tight ends coach

Feb 11, 2015

Air Force has hired former Florida tight ends coach Derek Lewis to coach the same position, according to a report from Sports Illustrated. Lewis...

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Air Force's 2015 football schedule will open with FCS Morgan State

Feb 11, 2015

Air Force will open the 2015 football season against Morgan State on Sept. 5 – the Saturday before Labor Day. Morgan State plays in the...

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Basketball notes from around the Mountain West

Feb 10, 2015

AIR FORCE Marek Olesinski was named the Mountain West’s Player of the Week Monday after he scored a combined 32 points in Air Force's home...

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The late Dean Smith once coached at Air Force

Feb 9, 2015

By now, every sports fan has likely heard of Dean Smith’s death at the age of 83. The coaching legend guided North Carolina to two national...

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Air Force's Olesinski earned MW weekly honor in men's basketball

Feb 9, 2015

Marek Olesinki was named the Mountain West’s men’s basketball player of the week on Monday after he scored a combined 32 points in home victories...

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Air Force football recruiting: Signing day list

Feb 4, 2015

Because of the appointment process involved with entry into the Air Forced Academy and the fact that athletes are still recruitable to other teams...

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Emptying the notebook: Air Force's upset of New Mexico

Feb 5, 2015

It wouldn’t be right to call Air Force’s victory on Wednesday over New Mexico stunning. The Falcons did, after all, compete until the final...

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Signing day conversation with Air Force coach Troy Calhoun

Feb 4, 2015

For various reasons involving the appointment of cadet athletes, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun could not comment specifically about anyone in the...

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Q&A: Air Force recruit on Bolt Brotherhood, borrowing cars and frozen yogurt with Troy Calhoun

Feb 4, 2015

The Gazette's Brent Briggeman talked on Wednesday morning with Josh Rice, an offensive lineman from Orlando, Fla., who chose the Falcons over a...

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Basketball notes from around the Mountain West

Feb 4, 2015

AIR FORCE It looks like Max Yon’s self-imposed hiatus will end on Wednesday. Air Force’s leading scorer hasn’t played since Jan. 10, missing...

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Air Force's Yon honored for work on, off the court

Feb 4, 2015

Air Force leading scorer Max Yon received national recogition for his work as a student, in the community, as someone of character and as an...

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Three-star, 276-pound offensive tackle commits to Air Force

Jan 28, 2015

Air Force's 2015 recruiting class landed its first 3-star prospect – as rated by Rivals – when Ventura, Calif., offensive tackle Nick Capella give...

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Basketball notes from around the Mountain West

Jan 27, 2015

AIR FORCE In a season being torpedoed on all sides by injuries and personal leave, it has been Air Force’s defense that has suffered the brunt...

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Air Force basketball coach discusses cadet's death

Jan 27, 2015

Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich took a moment Monday to address the shock felt at the academy over the death of freshman John “Jack”...

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Air Force football recruiting starting to develop some storylines

Jan 25, 2015

Air Force is rapidly reeling in football commitments, with the Feb. 4 national signing day looming. We’ll have much, much more coverage on this...

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First power struggle between new Air Force A.D., superintendent goes to the boss

Jan 21, 2015

The first power struggle between Air Force's new athletic director and his boss was decided in favor of the superintendent. Lt. Gen. Michelle...

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Emptying the notebook: Air Force vs. San Diego State

Jan 21, 2015

I’m not sure how many Air Force fans are going to be clamoring to read more about Tuesday’s 77-45 loss to San Diego State, but I thought I’d empty...

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Mountain West hoops notebook

Jan 20, 2015

AIR FORCE Leading scorer Max Yon, who has already missed two games with a deep thigh bruise, will continue to be away from the team for an...

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Air Force backup center Moer will be given time to work through struggles

Jan 20, 2015

We’ve written several times about the upside Air Force has found to a season that has been torpedoed by injuries and other issues. Hayden...

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Another video angle of Air Force and Colorado State incident

Jan 12, 2015

The above video from YouTube is now available, showing the development of the Air Force and Colorado State skirmish from the contact on the...

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Photo captures first instant of Air Force and CSU skirmish

Jan 12, 2015

Air Force's defense of freshman Matt Mooney's actions against Colorado State certainly seems understandable when looking at a photo of the...

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Two suspended for incident in Air Force/Colorado State game

Jan 11, 2015

In the aftermath of an on-court skirmish between Air Force and Colorado State on Saturday, the Mountain West has suspended two players. Air...

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Former Air Force assistant the only coach retained on Nebraska's staff

Jan 7, 2015

Air Force grad and longtime Falcons football assistant Charlton Warren has been retained on Nebraska’s coaching staff. Warren will continue to...

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MRI reveals torn Achilles for Air Force forward, ending his career

Jan 6, 2015

Kamryn Williams’ story is often cited by Air Force coaches as the perfect example of what a cadet-athlete can be. They just didn’t anticipate...

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Air Force press release announces new athletic director

Jan 6, 2015

Full press release from Air Force regarding hiring of Jim Knowlton as new athletic director:   ACADEMY TENTATIVELY SELECTS NEW ATHLETIC...

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Air Force senior Williams 'out indefinitely,' but Achilles' tendon did not rupture

Jan 1, 2015

The severity of Kamryn Williams’ Achilles’ tendon injury won’t likely be known until Monday, but the Air Force senior forward definitely will not...

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Mountain West hoops: Team-by-team glances as conference play begins

Dec 30, 2014

AIR FORCE Nonconference wrap-up: The Falcons (7-4) showed glimpses of a team that could compete in the Mountain West but also streaky...

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Air Force's Yon earns honor from Mountain West

Dec 15, 2014

Air Force’s Max Yon was named Mountain West player of the week after averaging 22.5 points and shooting 61.9 percent in a pair of home victories....

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Air Force coordinator conversations: Offense's Mike Thiessen

Dec 12, 2014

Air Force offensive coordinator/receivers coach Mike Thiessen talks to The Gazette's Brent Briggeman as the Falcons prepare for the Dec. 20 Famous...

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Air Force coordinator conversations: Defense's Steve Russ

Dec 12, 2014

Air Force defensive coordinator/defensive secondary coach Steve Russ talks to The Gazette's Brent Briggeman as the team prepares to face Western...

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Air Force's Calhoun rails against 'un-American' college football playoff format

Dec 11, 2014

Calling it "un-American," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun minced no words in expressing his opinion of the four-team College Football Playoff....

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Air Force quarterback sheds light on his injury situation

Dec 11, 2014

Air Force quarterback Kale Pearson offered a bit of clarity about his recent injury situation on Wednesday. Pearson didn’t finish the Nov. 21...

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Yon's plays tend to come in bunches for Air Force

Dec 10, 2014

A nugget of driving wisdom from my mother has always stuck with me. Watching her navigate the Kansas dirt roads around our farm in my childhood,...

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Concussion, but no broken bones after scary injury for Air Force player

Dec 9, 2014

Justin Hammonds suffered a concussion but broke no bones when he collided face-first with a railing behind Air Force’s basket on Monday night....

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Air Force fans don’t share team’s excitement over bowl destination

Dec 7, 2014

Even as its fan base seemed to scrunch its face in disgust, Air Force‘s coach, athletic director and a few players celebrated the bowl fate it...

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Where will Air Force end up? Bowl projections vary

Dec 7, 2014

Where will Air Force be playing its bowl game in the upcoming weeks? Depends on who you ask. With the picture ready to come into focus today...

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Oklahoma State's comeback came at high cost to Air Force, Mountain West

Dec 7, 2014

Oklahoma State’s stunning comeback against Oklahoma came at a great price to the Mountain West. With the Cowboys winning it likely knocked a MW...

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Air Force fans, here's who you need to root for on Saturday

Dec 5, 2014

One final, frenetic day of college football awaits. If you’re an Air Force fan, here are some scenarios you might want to watch on Saturday....

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CSU linebacker from Colorado Springs area grateful to McElwain

Dec 4, 2014

Fountain-Fort Carson graduate Kevin Davis clearly holds no ill will toward Jim McElwain for leaving Colorado State to become the new coach at...

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Blog: CSU should look at Air Force assistant in search for new coach

Dec 4, 2014

The Denver Post released a list of potential candidates to replace Jim McElwain at Colorado State, and it’s an impressive list that includes big...

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Mountain West football awards misfired in a few areas

Dec 2, 2014

The Mountain West unveiled its postseason honors on Tuesday, and included in the mix were a few misfires. The most egregious error, in my...

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MW hoops notebook: The Pit by another name is still The Pit

Dec 2, 2014

AIR FORCE Air Force showed in its most challenging week of the nonconference season that it has the potential to be pretty good. Or really bad....

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Air Force kicker earns MW Special Teams Player of the Year honors

Dec 2, 2014

Air Force kicker Will Conant is the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year, the conference announced on Tuesday morning as it revealed its...

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Should Nebraska look at Troy Calhoun after firing Bo Pelini?

Nov 30, 2014

With Nebraska suddenly looking for a football coach after firing Bo Pelini on Sunday morning, allow me to throw out a suggestion: Troy Calhoun....

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Falcon senior ruled ineligible for Air Force Academy hours before CSU game

Nov 28, 2014

Three hours before kickoff on Friday, Air Force announced that senior Jon Lee is no longer a cadet in good standing and is not allowed to...

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Mountain West notebook: Final edition of the season

Nov 25, 2014

MOUNTAIN DIVISION   AIR FORCE Air Force hadn’t even exited the locker room at San Diego State when the talk turned to Colorado State....

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Former Air Force football coach to receive AFCA honor

Nov 25, 2014

Ken Hatfield was announced Tuesday as the 2015 recipient of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, an honor given by the American Football Coaches...

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Air Force coordinator conversations: Offense's Mike Thiessen

Nov 25, 2014

With the running game last week it seemed like you guys tried and tried to get it cranked up… We did.   …and it just wasn’t there....

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Air Force coordinator conversations: Defense's Steve Russ

Nov 25, 2014

Air Force defensive coordinator/secondary coach Steve Russ talks with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman:   Inside the 20 you were really,...

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Full interview transcript with Air Force backup QB Nate Romine

Nov 22, 2014

This was the full interview with Nate Romine conducted this past week that was done for this story. With Kale Pearson leaving Saturday's game...

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Mountain West notebook: Week 13

Nov 19, 2014

News and notes from beat writers around the conference: MOUNTAIN DIVISION   AIR FORCE Kale Pearson subscribes to the same theory...

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Calhoun shows some personality in discussing stadium renovations, other topics

Nov 18, 2014

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun generally opts to portray something of a less-is-more approach when it comes to revealing his personality in his...

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Air Force coordinator conversations: Defense's Steve Russ

Nov 18, 2014

Air Force defensive coordinator Steve Russ talks with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman:   Let’s start by looking back at the Nevada game....

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Air Force coordinator conversations: Offense's Mike Thiessen

Nov 18, 2014

Air Force offensive coordinator Mike Thiessen talks with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman:   Kale Pearson was named offensive player of the...

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Four scenarios would still put Air Force in MW title game

Nov 17, 2014

Here are the Mountain West standings, with each team having two games remaining on the schedule   Mountain West - West W-L PF PA...

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Coach on point guard vacancy, seniors and injuries as Air Force opens hoops season

Nov 14, 2014

Air Force basketball opens the season tonight at Army. Here is coach Dave Pilipovich talking about a few issues surrounding the team before the...

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Air Force kicker unaware school had launched All-America campaign

Nov 14, 2014

Air Force kicker Will Conant spoke with local media this week. Here's the full transcript of his interview:   Open up the game notes...

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Basketball notes from around the Mountain West

Nov 13, 2014

Writers from around the Mountain West will team up to provide notes from the teams they cover throughout the men's basketball season, much as we...

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Q&A: Air Force basketball signee Garrett Thibodeaux

Nov 12, 2014

Air Force basketball signee Garrett Thibodeaux, a 6-foot-8 forward from Tyler, Texas, talked with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman on National...

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First look at Air Force men's basketball recruiting class

Nov 12, 2014

Wednesday is national signing day for several sports, including basketball. Air Force has a policy of not releasing lists of signees because of...

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Mountain West notebook: Week 12

Nov 11, 2014

MOUNTAIN DIVISION   AIR FORCE Barely 70 days after making his college debut, Air Force sophomore Jacobi Owens is on the verge of 1,000...

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Air Force coordinator conversations: Defense's Steve Russ

Nov 10, 2014

Air Force defensive coordinator Steve Russ talks with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman.   The defense gave up the one touchdown when UNLV...

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Air Force coordinator conversations: Offense's Mike Thiessen

Nov 10, 2014

Air Force offensive coordinator Mike Thiessen talks with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman.   There was a time in that game the other day...

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NFL Films shines spotlight on Air Force grad Ben Garland

Nov 10, 2014

As Veterans Day awaits, we thought we'd share this video from NFL Films on Air Force graduate and current Denver Broncos lineman Ben Garland....

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Thoughts, numbers to wrap up a weekend of Air Force football

Nov 9, 2014

A few numbers and thoughts to conclude another weekend during the Air Force football season: - Air Force, where the players must rise by 6 a.m....

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Air Force football lands commitment from Pine Creek standout

Nov 7, 2014

Air Force has landed a rare local football recruit as it has received a verbal commitment from Pine Creek’s Parker Hammond. The Denver Post...

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Air Force kicker learns of award in equipment room

Nov 5, 2014

It’s always fun for me to hear how players learn of honors they receive. An example is Air Force kicker Will Conant. Over the summer, he learned...

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Commander-in-Chief's Trophy arrives at Air Force

Nov 5, 2014

Jacobi Owens has a goal this week. Actually, the running back from Las Vegas has a bunch of goals as Air Force plays in his home town against...

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Mountain West notebook: Week 11

Nov 4, 2014

MOUNTAIN DIVISION   AIR FORCE Some of Air Force’s primary goals have already been achieved. The Falcons, 2-10 last year, are already...

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Air Force coordinator conversations: Offense's Mike Thiessen

Nov 4, 2014

Air Force offense coordinator Mike Thiessen talks with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman: It was another efficient passing game, going 8-of-12. The...

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Air Force coordinator conversations: Defense's Steve Russ

Nov 4, 2014

Air Force defensive coordinator Steve Russ talks with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman: Defensively, you guys basically pitched a shutout. The...

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In depth look at finalists for Air Force athletic director opening

Oct 31, 2014

Craig Angelos, associate AD, South Florida Currently the executive senior associate AD at South Florida … served as Florida Atlantic’s AD from...

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Air Force WR Jennings on College Hall of Fame ballot

Oct 23, 2014

Ernie Jennings, who caught 148 passes for 2,392 yards for Air Force between 1968-70, is on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. Jennings...

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Top pass-catching tandems through Air Force football history

Oct 22, 2014

We wrote today about Garrett Brown and Jalen Robinette, a rare duo in the passing game for Air Force. The story makes mention of other...

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Mountain West notebook: Week 9

Oct 22, 2014

MOUNTAIN DIVISION   AIR FORCE The Falcons do not play this week. Next game: Nov. 1 at Army   BOISE STATE Boise State...

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Times set for Air Force basketball's opening weekend at Military Classic

Oct 22, 2014

Air Force will open its season at 6 p.m., Nov. 14, it was announced on Wednesday. The Falcons will be at the All-Military Classic in West Point,...

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Air Force LB's track record of honesty makes bold statement worth hearing

Oct 19, 2014

Jordan Pierce made a statement that had to catch the attention of the Air Force football fan base after a 35-31 victory over New Mexico on...

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Air Force safety: 75-yard touchdown pass glanced off my fingertips

Oct 14, 2014

It turns out Air Force was even closer on Saturday than we thought. On the first play of the game, a 75-yard touchdown pass for Utah State,...

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Mountain West notebook: Week 8

Oct 14, 2014

MOUNTAIN DIVISION   AIR FORCE Spoiler alert – the ball is going to spend a lot of time on the ground at Falcon Stadium yet again this...

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Air Force coordinator conversations: Defense's Steve Russ

Oct 14, 2014

Air Force defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Steve Russ talks with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman:   Defensive linemen are...

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Air Force coordinator conversations: Offense's Mike Thiessen

Oct 14, 2014

Air Force offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Mike Thiessen talks with The Gazette's Brent Briggeman:   It was another one of...

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Air Force hoops picked 9th in preseason Mountain West poll

Oct 14, 2014

Air Force was picked ninth out of 11 in the Mountain West preseason media poll that was released Tuesday morning. San Diego State was a near...

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Emptying the notebook: Extra items from Air Force's loss at Utah State

Oct 12, 2014

We have full coverage of Saturday's game at Utah State at gazette.com, but here are some items that slipped through:   No excuses for...

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Shuffling on offensive line an issue for Air Force

Oct 8, 2014

So, remember last year when Air Force shuffled through four starting quarterbacks in the first seven games? If you’re a fan of the Falcons – and...

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Defensive coach Steve Russ

Oct 7, 2014

Air Force defensive backs coach/defensive coordinator Steve Russ talks to The Gazette's Brent Briggeman, looking back at a 30-21 victory over Navy...

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Offensive coach Mike Thiessen

Oct 7, 2014

Air Force wide receivers coach/offensive coordinator Mike Thiessen talks to The Gazette's Brent Briggeman, looking back at a 30-21 victory over...

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Mountain West notebook: Week 7

Oct 7, 2014

MOUNTAIN DIVISION   AIR FORCE Air Force’s defense has emerged as one of the best in the Mountain West, holding Wyoming and Boise State...

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Blog: Air Force football coach talks athletic director salaries, kangaroos and kittens

Oct 7, 2014

Troy Calhoun’s weekly Tuesday press conference, which in recent weeks has taken some odd detours, stuck pretty well to the basics this time...

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Emptying the notebook: Extra items from Air Force's win over Navy

Oct 4, 2014

We had blanket coverage of Air Force’s 30-21 victory over Navy at gazette.com and in the print edition that will hit newsstands early Sunday...

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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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