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Air Force grad flashes positive signs during stint in minor leagues

Jul 30, 2015

Recent Air Force grad Ben Yokley made an impact in his short time in the minor leagues. The right-handed reliever made seven appearances with...

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Air Force makes move to Big 12 in one sport

Jul 29, 2015

Air Force has joined the Big 12 Conference. In wrestling. The long-rumored shift became official Wednesday, with Air Force and the rest of the...

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UNLV's new football coach eyes growth through new facilities

Jul 28, 2015

With a few exceptions, Air Force has largely been able to rely on UNLV contributing a victory toward the Falcons bowl eligibility. The teams...

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Air Force football picked fourth in Mountain West preseason poll

Jul 28, 2015

Air Force was picked fourth in the Mountain West’s Mountain Division, as the preseason poll was released Tuesday morning to kickoff the...

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Air Force football recruit says knee issue knocked him out of basic training

Jul 27, 2015

Air Force is down another athlete from basic training, this time a football player. Safety Levi McQuinn announced on Instagram that...

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Wide receiver makes rare Air Force appearance on Biletnikoff Award watch list

Jul 15, 2015

Here’s a new one: A national award has singled out an Air Force wide receiver for preseason consideration. Jalen Robinette on Wednesday morning...

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Air Force reveals new football uniforms for 2015 season

Jul 27, 2015

Air Force revealed its new-look football jerseys on Monday, showing off a look it says includes a lightweight fabric built for “maximum speed,...

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"All is good" for Mountain West media days despite Las Vegas fire

Jul 25, 2015

A pool-area fire at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas caused a large cloud of smoke on The Strip, but will not impact next week’s Mountain West...

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Award watch list leads to debate over Air Force and Navy fullbacks

Jul 17, 2015

A little Air Force vs. Navy football debate always provides some entertainment, and one apparently took place among those in charge of the Doak...

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Reviving Air Force/CU football series draws strong reactions

Jul 16, 2015

The announcement on Wednesday that Air Force and Colorado will resume a football series that hasn’t been played since 1974 drew instant reaction...

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CU and Air Force: Just how long has it been?

Jul 15, 2015

After the announcement that Air Force and Colorado would resume playing football after nearly 50 years when the series kicks off again in 2020,...

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Air Force, CU to renew football series that halted in 1974

Jul 15, 2015

A long-awaited renewal of an in-state football rivalry is finally happening. Air Force athletic director Jim Knowlton announced via Twitter on...

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Team of Air Force alums bounced in $1 million basketball tourney

Jul 14, 2015

A collection of Air Force basketball graduates fell in the second round of a million-dollar basketball tournament despite a stellar performance...

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Media guide release gives first glimpse at Air Force 2015 football roster, depth chart

Jul 13, 2015

Air Force football released its 2015 media guide on Monday, and there were no surprises on the roster or two-deep depth chart. Quarterback Nate...

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Air Force safety on Jim Thorpe Watch list

Jul 13, 2015

Air Force’s Weston Steelhammer was named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list on Monday. The Thorpe Award is given annually to the nation’s top...

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Air Force football players left off major awards watch lists

Jul 7, 2015

Six interceptions as a sophomore weren’t enough to land Weston Steelhammer national recognition heading into his junior year. Steelhammer and...

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Air Force loses key basketball recruit one week into basic training

Jul 3, 2015

One week into basic training, Air Force has lost a key basketball recruit. Garrett Thibodeaux announced Friday night on Twitter that he had...

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Air Force lands two on Sporting News All-MW football list

Jul 3, 2015

The Sporting News has great faith in the healing powers of modern medicine. The publication released its preseason All-Mountain West team on...

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Documentary chronicles Air Force grad Antoine Hood's NBA dream

Jul 1, 2015

Antoine Hood firmly believes he could start for an NBA team and help it win games. "I know that," the Air Force graduate says in an extended...

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Basic training a learning experience for new Air Force assistant

Jun 28, 2015

The start of basic training wasn’t an eye-opening experience simply for the future Air Force officers beginning their journey as cadets, it was...

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Blog: Air Force possibly catches break as Mountain West releases men's basketball schedule

Jun 24, 2015

Air Force learned it will partially dodge both defending co-champions in the Mountain West as the 2015-16 men's basketball schedule was released...

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Air Force home game vs. San Jose State moved to 8:15 p.m.

Jun 23, 2015

The movement of games to the late hour has begun for Air Force football. Air Force announced its Sept. 12 home game against San Jose State will...

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More from Calhoun on new rules, trends and the Commander-in-Chief

Jun 17, 2015

Here’s more from Tuesday’s college football coaches’ luncheon that included Air Force’s Troy Calhoun, Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre and Colorado...

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Air Force assistant selected to work with NBA team

Jun 16, 2015

Air Force assistant basketball coach Andy Moore recently spent three days working with the Utah Jazz. Moore was one of five collegiate...

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Perkins' runner-up finish caps Air Force's week at NCAA track meet

Jun 13, 2015

We have run results from Air Force’s three representatives at the NCAA Outdoor Championships through the week, but here they are in one place if...

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Air Force reliever picked by St. Louis in 29th round of MLB Draft

Jun 10, 2015

Relief pitcher Ben Yokley, a recent Air Force graduate, was picked in the 29th round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday....

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Historic Hayward Field just part of what makes NCAA track meet special

Jun 9, 2015

Hayward Field – almost always referred to as “Historic Hayward Field” – is to track and field what Yankee Stadium is to baseball or Augusta...

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Air Force runner has resisted chance to try for 4-minute mile

Jun 9, 2015

One of the biggest athletic achievements ever accomplished my man is in reach for Zach Perkins, but he’s never been sucked in by the temptation to...

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Catcher picked in first round of MLB Draft struggled vs. Air Force

Jun 9, 2015

Fresno State catcher Taylor Ward was picked in the first round of Monday’s MLB Draft, and in the process provided another example of Air Force’s...

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Top 10 Air Force football plays of 2014

Jun 5, 2015

Air Force fans starved for some football highlights will love this compilation put together by FalconVision, showing the top 10 plays from 2014.

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Football among four Air Force teams to receive national academic honor

May 27, 2015

The Air Force football team repeatedly credited a renewed intensity as the cause of a turnaround that took the team from 10 losses to 10 wins in...

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Air Force football 100 days from an opener that continues to make sense

May 27, 2015

Thursday will mark the 100-day marker from Air Force’s Sept. 5 season opener against Morgan State. As it grows closer, there will be much...

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Rhodes Scholar, rehabbed QB among Air Force athletic award winners

May 26, 2015

A Rhodes Scholar, a quarterback who overcame a knee injury and a five-time All American were among the year-end athletic award recipients at Air...

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Calhoun will again speak at luncheon in Colorado Springs

May 26, 2015

Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun will again take the stage this summer part of the Sports Corp College Football Kick-Off Luncheon. Calhoun...

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Transferring Air Force freshman Mooney lands at South Dakota

May 20, 2015

Matt Mooney is transferring to South Dakota, the school announced Wednesday. Mooney played in 29 games, making eight starts, for Air Force as a...

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Stroke strikes yet another young Air Force tennis coach

May 20, 2015

This is just bizarre, and very bad, luck. Air Force assistant men’s tennis coach Evan Urbina tweeted Tuesday evening that he had suffered a...

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Air Force coach spends emotional time with family of cancer victim Lauren Hill

May 19, 2015

Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich and his wife, Kelly, spent the weekend at Dick Vitale’s gala in Sarasota, Fla., that raised more than...

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Mountain West football title game switches from CBS to ESPN

May 15, 2015

ESPN has picked up the rights to the Mountain West football championship game in a deal that will run through the 2019 football season. The game...

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Navy sprint football player among Amtrak derailment victims

May 13, 2015

Navy sophomore Justin Zemser was among those killed in Tuesday night’s Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. Some media reports have listed Zemser...

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Air Force tennis players earn Arthur Ashe Award

May 12, 2015

As a past recipient of the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, Air Force tennis coach Dan Oosterhous knew what the honor is intended...

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Air Force coach leads U.S. Greco-Roman team

May 1, 2015

Air Force wrestling coach Sam Barber will be the head coach for the U.S. Greco-Roman junior team when it competes at the Pan-American...

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Schedule: Air Force football has little control over kickoff times

Apr 28, 2015

Air Force added uncertainty to its football schedule on Tuesday when the Mountain West announced the remainder of its television assignments for...

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Air Force's Steelhammer on award watch list

Apr 22, 2015

It seems a bit early to start naming award watch lists for the 2015 college football season, but here we are. Air Force safety Weston...

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Hiring of Air Force coach also brings Special Olympics leader to town

Apr 22, 2015

There’s a chance that the hiring of Chris Gobrecht as the new Air Force women’s basketball coach will impact thousands of athletes. Just not in...

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Gobrecht believes Ivy League experience will translate to Air Force women's hoops

Apr 22, 2015

Chris Gobrecht has undergone some radical adjustments in her career. Unlike most newcomers to Air Force athletics, this won’t be one of them....

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Kamryn Williams earns top honor at Air Force hoops banquet

Apr 18, 2015

Kamryn Williams took Air Force's Bob Spear Award as the basketball team celebrated its season at its annual banquet Saturday night at the Colorado...

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Mountain West announces sponsorship of tourney in Cayman Islands

Apr 16, 2015

It sounds like a Caribeann getaway could potentially be in the future for Air Force basketball. The Mountain West on Thursday morning announced...

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Air Force hoops assistant Long resigns after illness altered his situation

Apr 15, 2015

Drew Long has resigned his position as an Air Force men’s basketball assistant and is joining his family in the Houston area. Long missed most...

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Air Force game at Boise St. moved to Friday night, will bring bonus money

Apr 15, 2015

Air Force’s football game at Boise State in the second-to-last weekend of the upcoming season has been moved to a Friday night. The Nov. 20 game...

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Mountain West, Missouri Valley revive challenge series

Apr 2, 2015

Air Force will play at Southern Illinois on Nov. 13, part of the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge in men’s basketball that was announced by...

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Losing Mooney a tough blow for Air Force hoops

Apr 2, 2015

I put the tape recorder and notepad down and asked Dave Pilipovich a question after a late-season game two months ago. “Is Matt Mooney, right...

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New Air Force athletic director starts on Monday

Mar 22, 2015

New Air Force athletic Jim Knowlton reports for work on Monday, but his first week is expected to be a quiet one. Cadets are on spring break and...

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Air Force baseball -- yes, baseball -- faces big weekend series

Mar 20, 2015

The rare key Air Force baseball series begins today at San Diego State. The Falcons have won 6 of 8 games and two straight series in the...

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Three football players from Air Force’s opening opponent stabbed on campus

Mar 18, 2015

Three football players were stabbed on the campus of Morgan State, the Football Championship Subdivision team that will serve as Air Force’s...

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Air Force spring game moved indoors

Mar 18, 2015

Air Force continues to down shift on its spring game. At one point hoping to take the event off campus as it did last year, the Falcons then...

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Emptying the notebook: More on Air Force's exit from the MW Tourney

Mar 12, 2015

Here are some items that didn't make their way into our game story and notebook from Air Force's season-ending loss on Thursday:  ...

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Mountain West basketball notebook

Mar 10, 2015

AIR FORCE A development in Air Force’s most recent game could have huge ramifications down the road. Trevor Lyons scored 13 points in a span...

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Quick glance at Air Force's opening-round matchup against New Mexico in the MW Tournament

Mar 8, 2015

Air Force enters the Mountain West Tournament as the No. 9 seed and will play No. 8 New Mexico in the opening round at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the...

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Olesinski earns honorable mention as media releases All-Mountain West honors

Mar 8, 2015

Senior Marek Olesinski was the lone Air Force player recognized as the media members that cover the 11 Mountain West men's basketball teams...

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Air Force Academy picks site for 2015 spring football game

Mar 7, 2015

Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun said the team's spring game would be held at Falcon Stadium on the evening of Wednesday, March 18. Other...

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Mountain West basketball notebook

Mar 4, 2015

AIR FORCE The quest for a first-round bye in the Mountain West Tournament had become a motivating goal for Air Force in recent weeks. That’s...

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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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