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Air Force defensive end Hansen out with shoulder injury

2014-08-19

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...

Air Force hoops coaches take Ice Bucket Challenge

2014-08-15

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

Observations from Air Force's second scrimmage

2014-08-15

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,...

Air Force safety Spears displays a watchful eye in practice

2014-08-12

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

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

2014-08-12

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

Mountain West notebook: Fall camp edition

2014-08-12

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

Thoughts, notes from Air Force's first fall scrimmage

2014-08-09

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

AFA freshmen log varsity practice time

2014-08-08

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

Physical practices take a toll on Air Force

2014-08-07

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

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

2014-08-05

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...

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

2014-07-31

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...

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

2014-07-30

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...

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

2014-07-22

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...

First glimpse at Air Force depth chart reveals little

2014-07-21

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

Notes on Air Force’s roster as media guide released

2014-07-17

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...

Air Force’s Conant named to Lou Groza watch list

2014-07-09

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

2014-07-01

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...

Conversation with Falcons basketball recruit Ryan Manning

2014-06-26

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

ESPN3 picks up Air Force football opener vs. Nicholls State

2014-06-26

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...

Two more Air Force games picked up for broadcast

2014-06-19

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...

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

2014-06-18

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...

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

2014-06-18

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

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

2014-06-11

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

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

2014-06-10

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...

Air Force football will play night game at Wyoming in September

2014-06-05

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...

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

2014-06-04

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

Air Force outfielder named to freshmem All-American team

2014-06-04

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...

Air Force athletic director announces upcoming retirement via press release

2014-05-22

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

Air Force center Husar named to preseason watch list

2014-05-19

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...

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

2014-05-16

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...

Coggins, Parker both leaving Air Force basketball program

2014-05-01

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

Air Force hires basketball assistant from Virginia Tech

2014-04-17

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

Air Force football not likely to see any bonus television money

2014-04-17

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...

Air Force snacks could become more elaborate under NCAA proposal

2014-04-16

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...

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

2014-04-16

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

Kamryn Williams named MVP at Air Force basketball banquet

2014-04-12

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

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

2014-04-10

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...

Who is Air Force basketball's MVP?

2014-03-12

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...

Thoughts before Air Force's MW Tournament opener

2014-03-12

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...

Notes from Air Force spring football practice

2014-03-06

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,...

More from the Air Force cornerback situation

2014-03-06

 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....

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

2014-03-06

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

AFA grad Jennings on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

2014-03-06

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...

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

2014-03-03

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

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

2014-03-01

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...

WR MacArthur receives Air Force football's top award

2014-02-28

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

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

2014-02-28

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

Mountain West clarifies Thanksgiving week policy as it impacts AFA

2014-02-21

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

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

2014-02-21

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

Air Force football schedule released

2014-02-20

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

Issues to watch during spring football for Air Force

2014-02-18

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...

Falcons give football coaching staff a shakeup

2014-02-18

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

Falcons tour training grounds of Navy SEALs near San Diego

2014-02-16

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...

Players, coaches offer take on Air Force game

2014-02-15

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...

Awini confirms intent to play at CU in online publication

2014-02-11

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...

Air Force first baseman earns preseason MW honors

2014-02-11

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...

Air Force football recruiting class

2014-02-06

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...

My long, meandering journey to the Super Bowl

2014-02-02

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...

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

2014-01-29

  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...

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

2014-01-26

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

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

2014-01-22

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...

Q&A: Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun

2014-01-21

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

Pilipovich addresses cancer battle of assistant Long

2014-01-20

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...

Romine, three other QBs recognized for military honors

2014-01-14

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

LaCoste to play in East-West Shrine Game on Saturday

2014-01-14

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...

Pregame thoughts before Air Force plays at Fresno State

2014-01-08

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....

Pregame thoughts: Air Force no longer a young basketball team

2014-01-04

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...

AFA captain Earls keeps perspective in approach to dealing with injury

2013-12-31

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...

Looking back at a disturbing trend for Air Force football

2013-12-18

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...

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

2013-12-18

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...

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

2013-11-27

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

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

2013-11-27

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...

Calhoun's frustrations boil over during impassioned press conference

2013-11-22

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...

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

2013-11-20

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

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

2013-11-18

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...

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

2013-11-14

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...

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

2013-11-04

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...

Anthony LaCoste: 1,000-yard back?

2013-11-03

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...

Food drive at Air Force/Army football game

2013-10-30

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...

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

2013-10-30

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...

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

2013-10-29

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...

DeBerry's grandson recovering from broken neck

2013-10-21

I spoke with longtime Air Force football coach Fisher DeBerry over the weekend and he shared some frightening family news. His 16-year-old...

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

2013-10-09

Air Force sent the following announcement on Wednesday afternoon: Air Force intercollegiate teams to resume competitions                U.S. Air...

Air Force basketball to have 19 games broadcast this season

2013-10-09

The Mountain West released its basketball television schedule early Wednesday, and it included 19 broadcasts for Air Force. The Falcons will play...

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

2013-10-08

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...

Mountain West football notebook for Week 7

2013-10-08

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....

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

2013-10-05

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...

Air Force/Navy game still hanging in the balance

2013-10-02

The on-again, off-again Air Force/Navy football game remains off early Wednesday evening, according to an Air Force source. With athletic travel...

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

2013-09-28

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...

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

2013-09-25

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...

More controversy brewing between Air Force and Wyoming

2013-09-24

More drama has emerged between the football programs at Air Force and Wyoming. Cowboys linebacker Nehemie Kankolongo was suspended for one game by...

Around the Mountain West: Week 5

2013-09-24

MOUNTAIN DIVISION AIR FORCE Three straight weeks of beatdowns finally seem to have brought about some changes for the Air Force defense. Work was...

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

2013-09-24

Several Air Force fans have emailed The Gazette or taken to message boards, expressing disgust over Wyoming’s jerseys that had words like...

More from Air Force's blowout loss to Wyoming

2013-09-22

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...

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

2013-09-20

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....

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

2013-09-20

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...

Mountain West notebook: Week 4

2013-09-17

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...

Mountain West notebook: Week 3

2013-09-11

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...

Air Force players familiar with Boise State's unique field

2013-09-11

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...

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

2013-09-09

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...

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