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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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Assistant coach Long returns to Air Force staff after bout with cancer

Oct 3, 2014

Assistant coach Drew Long drove back to Colorado Springs on Thursday night and was on the floor with Air Force for the season’s first practice on...

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Filling void left by Coggins different the second time around

Oct 3, 2014

Air Force’s season took a dive last year when Tre’ Coggins was suspended by the team for four games over what turned out to essentially be reasons...

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Basketball player Williams to attempt field goal during AFA-Navy game

Oct 3, 2014

Kamryn Williams will attempt to kick a field goal as part of a promotion with USAA at the Air Force-Navy football game on Saturday. Williams is...

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Ex-AFA hoop standout Lyons played with San Antonio Spurs

Oct 3, 2014

Michael Lyons, a first-team All-Mountain West guard in his senior season for Air Force in 2012-13, was recently invited to participate with the...

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Senior center Michael lost for the season for Air Force hoops

Oct 3, 2014

Ethan Michael tore his ACL playing a pick-up game with his teammates in September and will miss his senior season. It is the third torn ACL that...

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Evasive Air Force football coach again talks bears at press conference

Sep 30, 2014

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun spent his 30-minute press conference fending off questions Tuesday. Well, he didn’t spend all 30 minutes deflecting...

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Defensive coach Steve Russ

Sep 30, 2014

Great news for media covering Air Force football (and fans reading about the team), on Monday coach Troy Calhoun opted to allow assistant coaches...

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Offensive coach Mike Thiessen

Sep 30, 2014

Great news for media covering Air Force football (and fans reading about the team), on Monday coach Troy Calhoun opted to allow assistant coaches...

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Air Force picked third by AHA media

Sep 29, 2014

The Atlantic Hockey Media Association has released its annual preseason media poll and the selection of a preseason all-star team. Mercyhurst is...

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Air Force's Steelhammer nets national award

Sep 28, 2014

The first of what figures to be a slew of national and conference awards for Weston Steelhammer arrived on Sunday morning when he was named the...

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Mountain West notebook: Week 5

Sep 23, 2014

News compiled from newspaper writers around the Mountain West.   MOUNTAIN DIVISION   AIR FORCE Quarterback Kale Pearson made...

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Defensive coach Steve Russ

Sep 23, 2014

The Gazette's Brent Briggeman caught up with Air Force defensive coordinator/secondary coach Steve Russ for the final time this season (the...

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Offensive coach Mike Thiessen

Sep 23, 2014

The Gazette's Brent Briggeman caught up with Air Force offensive coordinator/receivers coach Mike Thiessen for the final time this season (the...

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Three things to watch for AFA hockey

Sep 22, 2014

Here are three big questions for Air Force hockey as it prepares for the 2014-15 season. Will the top line pick up where they left off? Expect...

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Mountain West notebook: Week 4

Sep 18, 2014

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

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Air Force heads into a potentially scary matchup in Atlanta

Sep 13, 2014

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

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Offensive coach Mike Thiessen

Sep 9, 2014

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

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Mountain West notebook: Week 3

Sep 9, 2014

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

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Defensive coach Steve Russ

Sep 9, 2014

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

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Prolific passing game could have been much better for Air Force

Sep 8, 2014

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

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Air Force coach excited for the Broncos' Ben Garland

Sep 3, 2014

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

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

Sep 3, 2014

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

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

Sep 3, 2014

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

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Mountain West notebook: Week 2

Sep 2, 2014

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

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Offensive coach Mike Thiessen

Sep 1, 2014

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

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Air Force coordinator Q&A: Defensive coach Steve Russ

Sep 1, 2014

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

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

Aug 30, 2014

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

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Players discuss excitement, nerves in advance of Air Force opener

Aug 29, 2014

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

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Air Force football video links

Aug 29, 2014

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

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Air Force hires former Drake coach as basketball assistant

Aug 26, 2014

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

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Mountain West notebook: Week 1

Aug 26, 2014

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

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Air Force football releases depth chart for opener

Aug 25, 2014

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

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First look at an unofficial Air Force football depth chart

Aug 21, 2014

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

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Conant could pull double duty as Air Force placekicker, punter

Aug 21, 2014

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

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Air Force freshman Ross learning quickly at linebacker

Aug 21, 2014

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

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

Aug 20, 2014

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

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Air Force defensive end Hansen out with shoulder injury

Aug 19, 2014

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

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Air Force hoops coaches take Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 15, 2014

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

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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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