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Air Force's Pilipovich moves closer to top of MW coaching tenure list with Fisher's retirement
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Apr 12, 2017

With the retirement of San Diego State’s Steve Fisher, Air Force’s Dave Pilipovich moved to within a few months of being the longest-tenured men’s...

Links: Brushing up on Air Force football before Saturday's scrimmage
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Apr 7, 2017

Air Force plays its spring football game at Castle Rock on Saturday morning.

Here are links to our full spring practice coverage to...

Going deeper with Jacob Onyechi, Air Force's Pro Day standout performer
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Jacob Onyechi seemed to be the breakout performer on Tuesday as Air Force hosted Pro Day, as he ran an unofficial 4.41 40-meter dash and recorded a...

Air Force Pro Day notes: Results kept hidden, Robinette's plan and Owens displays hands
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Imagine taking a college entrance exam where results were known to universities, but not you. Then you are forced to wait around to see if your score...

Late innings have been damaging for Air Force baseball early in MW play
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Air Force baseball is off to an 0-5 start in Mountain West play, and the culprit is plain to see – late-inning pitching and defense.

In those...

RAPID REACTION: Colorado State blows past Air Force at MW Tournament
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Mar 9, 2017

LAS VEGAS - Colorado State sent Air Force into the offseason with nothing to second guess.

The 10th-seeded Falcons were simply...

Ridiculously early look at Air Force football's 2017 depth chart
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Mar 9, 2017

Air Force is taking a weeklong break from spring practice as freshman go through recognition training.

I figured the pause presented a good...

Q&A: Ben Garland talks Air Force, d-line, o-line, pro policy and the Super Bowl
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Mar 9, 2017

Fresh from an appearance in the Super Bowl, Ben Garland made an appearance at Air Force’s football practice on Tuesday.

The former Falcon...

Emptying the notebook: Air Force basketball earns another shot at Colorado State
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Mar 8, 2017

Air Force will get a second shot at Colorado State after all.

The Falcons and Rams met just once during the regular-season, with Colorado...

RAPID REACTION: Boise State blows past Air Force in home finale
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Mar 4, 2017

Boise State shot Air Force outs of its own gym on Senior Day.

The Broncos hit 11 of their first 12 shots and made 19 3s as they blew out the...

Fifteen freshman who flew to the forefront for Air Force in February
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Mar 2, 2017

Freshmen have played large roles for Air Force early in the spring semester. Here are 15 of the most noteworthy.



Air Force football observations: Local quarterback shows impressive skills
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Isaiah Sanders has quickly emerged as a player you can’t take your eyes off at Air Force spring practice.

The freshman quarterback from Palmer...

Emptying the notebook: Blowout of UNLV relieves weight on Air Force program
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Air Force has lost 35 games in the past two years. After a good chunk of those, Hayden Graham – the best player on a struggling team – has had the...

RAPID REACTION: Air Force blows out UNLV to snap losing skid
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Air Force built a nine point lead, watched it disappear, then pulled back ahead for a 38-28 halftime advantage over UNLV.

Jacob Van’s...

Air Force apparently hires former NCAA record-holder as wide receivers coach
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Feb 20, 2017

Air Force appears to have completed its football coaching staff, adding former All-America wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield as receivers coach.


Notes from the road: San Jose too cramped for this country guy
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Feb 20, 2017

The lasting image I took from my weekend trip to San Jose, Calif., was that of a carport.

Walking along the street, I had to stop and stare...

Fact-checking a boisterous San Jose State fan's heckles
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Feb 18, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose State announced attendance at 2,254 on Saturday.

Fortunately, the other 2,253 were not loud enough to drown out...

Emptying the notebook: Manning capitalizes on shot to start for Air Force
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Manning’s big day

One bright spot to come out of Saturday was the play of Ryan Manning, who enjoyed a career day in front of about 10 friends...

RAPID REACTION: Air Force drops 20th straight conference road game in heart-wrenching fashion
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Feb 18, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Is today the day The Streak ends?

Air Force has lost 19 consecutive Mountain West road games, and this is the best shot the...

Fastball to All-American's face was a scary, telling scene for Air Force baseball
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

In late January, Air Force All-America outfielder Tyler Jones took a fastball to the face from former teammate and recent third-round MLB Draft pick...

Emptying the notebook: Get to know Air Force freshman Sid Tomes
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Feb 16, 2017

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Sid Tomes emerged as an offensive playmaker for Air Force.

It’s just surprising that it came all at...

RAPID REACTION: Falcons lose, but find something productive in the process
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Feb 15, 2017

More lineup shakeups are on the way for Air Force basketball tonight as Mountain West contender Nevada visits Clune Arena at 7 p.m.


Blog: Air Force coach brings unique perspective to UConn's quest for 100 straight wins
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Air Force coach Chris Gobrecht has no problem with UConn’s dominance of women’s basketball.

Rather, she chooses to see the run that could...

Notes from the road: Downtown Boise continues to impress
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Feb 13, 2017

As I return once again from Boise, I’m even more confused as to how this town remains such a well-kept secret outside of its region.


Boise State students don't see Air Force as key rival despite football results
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Boise State is having success in basketball, but it remains unquestionably a football school.

And in football, Air Force has won three in a...

RAPID REACTION: New lineup, same result for Air Force in loss at Boise State
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Feb 11, 2017

BOISE, Idaho – A source has indicated Air Force will make major changes to its lineup as it looks for a spark.

Sophomore Pervis Louder and...

Detailed scouting reports predict NFL future for Air Force's Weston Steelhammer
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Feb 10, 2017

A pair of detailed draft analyses foresee an NFL future – albeit it a limited one – for Air Force safety Weston Steelhammer.

In a lengthy,...

RAPID REACTION: Air Force squanders chances in loss to New Mexico
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Feb 8, 2017

The chances were certainly there for Air Force to win. But it didn’t.

The Falcons missed an open look at 3 from Zach Kocur in the final...

RAPID REACTION: Air Force subs make it interesting, but Falcons fall to Wyoming
By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Feb 4, 2017

The second half of the Mountain West season begins for Air Force today against Wyoming.

In recent years, that’s been a good sign.


The Briggeman bio

I’ve been a part of The Gazette’s sports coverage since 2006, working in various capacities along the way. In 2013 I was awarded second-place nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors for beat coverage of Air Force athletics. I also cover Sky Sox baseball, local high schools and lend a hand reporting on the many other sporting ventures held in our city and state. On a personal note, I was raised in Kansas, graduated with a journalism degree from KU and have worked at newspapers in St. Joseph, Mo., and Maui. At home, my wife and I are raising three young daughters. This blog will focus primarily on Air Force, but expect to see me chime in on anything that impacts me, our community and, perhaps on occasion, my beloved Kansas City Royals.

Follow me on twitter @BrentBriggeman