<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> air-force-academy]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/air-force-academy Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:39:01 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Air Force’s bowl game to be broadcast on CW]]> http://gazette.com/air-forces-bowl-game-to-be-broadcast-on-cw/article/1591932?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-forces-bowl-game-to-be-broadcast-on-cw/article/1591932?custom_click=rss

Arizona Bowl to be broadcast on CW instead of Altitude

Air Force’s bowl game will be broadcast locally on the CW instead of Altitude, a move that the Mountain West says will give it more reach.

The Arizona Bowl was initially slated to be shown in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo markets on Altitude as part of the American Sports Network. In Denver it will be shown on KWGN, the local Fox affiliate.

But on Thursday The Gazette was alerted that the game was to be blocked out throughout the state on Altitude, which put into question whether the broadcast would be available anywhere in Southern Colorado.

The Mountain West then revealed the switch, which will allow the game to be shown across all television



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:52:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force hockey series a homecoming for CSCS graduate, Niagara assistant Michael Findorff]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-hockey-series-a-homecoming-for-cscs-graduate-niagara-assistant-michael-findorff/article/1591928?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-hockey-series-a-homecoming-for-cscs-graduate-niagara-assistant-michael-findorff/article/1591928?custom_click=rss

Don't be surprised if a loud cheer goes up when Niagara assistant coach Michael Findorff's name is mentioned during introductions this weekend at Cadet Ice Arena.

It is a homecoming after all for the former Pikes Peak Miners defenseman who graduated from Colorado Springs Christian School. His parents, who still live in the area, will be among the family and friends at the rink when the visiting Purple Eagles take on Air Force on Friday and Saturday.

It's been a quick journey back to the Pikes Peak region for Findorff, 32, who saw his chance at a pro playing career fade due to injuries following four seasons at Miami, which included the RedHawks' march to the 2009 NCAA title game his senior year.

He worked a 9-to-5 job,

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:10:02 -0700 <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun remembers his friend, Carson Bird]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-football-coach-troy-calhoun-remembers-his-friend-carson-bird/article/1591901?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-football-coach-troy-calhoun-remembers-his-friend-carson-bird/article/1591901?custom_click=rss

Troy Calhoun was talking, for one of the final times, with his friend Carson Bird.

It was Sept. 12, and Bird had just been honored before the Falcons game against Georgia State. He was suffering from chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He had lost his left leg to amputation at the torso. He was doomed to die in less than three months.

But Bird was smiling - radiant, really - while surrounded by friends and family on the field where he had excelled as a cover cornerback who hit with the force of a linebacker.

As they talked near the 50-yard line, Calhoun thanked Bird for his speech the night before to Air Force players. Bird, standing with the aid of crutches, told the Falcons to be thankful for the blessing of



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:52:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Database reveals interesting salary information on Air Force football assistants]]> http://gazette.com/database-reveals-interesting-salary-information-on-air-force-football-assistants/article/1591845?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/database-reveals-interesting-salary-information-on-air-force-football-assistants/article/1591845?custom_click=rss

USA Today released a national database of NCAA assistant football coach salaries on Wednesday. Here are some interesting numbers as they relate to Air Force and area colleges.

- There are 16 assistants with a higher base salary than Air Force coach Troy Calhoun ($885k). The highest-paid assistant is Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis ($1.558 million). He's one of 12 making at least $1 million per season. This highlights the fact that Calhoun's tenure at Air Force - which is now at 10 years - is clearly about more than money.

- Further bolstering the fact that Calhoun is not likely to ever leave solely for more money, consider that his base salary has risen less than 1 percent since 2012.



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:09:41 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: It's time to applaud Air Force's Troy Calhoun]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-its-time-to-applaud-air-forces-troy-calhoun/article/1591851?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-its-time-to-applaud-air-forces-troy-calhoun/article/1591851?custom_click=rss

Air Force's football team had collapsed, turning a season of promise into a season of confusion. Players and fans were devastated after three straight losses.

In the middle of the chaos, coach Troy Calhoun seemed unshaken.

"It didn't shake me," Calhoun said this week in a long, by his standards, conversation about his 2016 team and his approach to coaching. "I don't think wins and losses do that. Not if you're focused like you need to be and disciplined like you need to be."

On Oct. 23, the day after Luke Strebel missed a last-second field goal in a loss to Hawaii, assistant coaches encountered a calm, focused, determined and slightly oblivious Calhoun. He had dropped three straight. That was true.

But he had work



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:23:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force safety Steelhammer earns All-America honors]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-safety-steelhammer-earns-all-america-honors/article/1591865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-safety-steelhammer-earns-all-america-honors/article/1591865?custom_click=rss

Weston Steelhammer became Air Force's first football player to earn All-America honors in six years, as The Sporting News named him to its second team on Wednesday.

The senior safety ranks fifth in the nation with six interceptions while adding a team-high 75 tackles. Last week he was named to the Mountain West's first-team for the third consecutive year.

Cornerback Reggie Rembert was the last Air Force player named to an All-America team, earning a spot on the first team from the American Football Coaches Association and third team from the Associated Press in 2010.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:52:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force can't climb out of hole in basketball loss at West Point]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-cant-climb-out-of-hole-in-basketball-loss-at-west-point/article/1591864?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-cant-climb-out-of-hole-in-basketball-loss-at-west-point/article/1591864?custom_click=rss

Air Force found answers, but they came far too late.

Army notched its third straight victory over the Falcons 79-71, and it did so by building a 23-point first-half advantage that allowed it to withstand the continuous runs Air Force mounted down the stretch.

"It took us too long to adjust," said Falcons guard Zach Kocur, who had a career-high 22 points, "and I think the biggest thing is we came out and let them dictate what we did.

"That was just soft on our part," Kocur added on the postgame radio show on 1300 AM.

Army opened the game with a 7-0 run. Air Force quickly answered with nine straight points.

"At that point you hope to settle in," Falcons coach Dave Pilipovich said.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:31:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Troy Calhoun vague about his coaching future]]> http://gazette.com/troy-calhoun-vague-about-his-coaching-future/article/1591850?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/troy-calhoun-vague-about-his-coaching-future/article/1591850?custom_click=rss

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun is not shy about saying he has a tough job.

"The hardest job is sports is trying to be competitive in our conference, competing against teams with full scholarships," he said this week. "It's the hardest job that there is. It keeps you clear headed."

He was asked if he would return to the job in 2017. Calhoun has long been surrounded by rumors about his next coaching stop. This season is no exception.

"I'm not going there," he said. "I know you have to ask that, but I'm not going there. I'll say this: I'm grinding away today recruiting. I'm grateful to be doing that and be part of a fine school. We're going to work as hard as we possibly can, and hopefully be a good employee, too.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:56:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force basketball travels to West Point with revenge on its mind]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-basketball-travels-to-west-point-with-revenge-on-its-mind/article/1591770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-basketball-travels-to-west-point-with-revenge-on-its-mind/article/1591770?custom_click=rss

The faces on Army's side will be almost completely different this time, but that doesn't change Air Force's feelings going into Wednesday's basketball game at West Point.

The Falcons have lost to their service academy rival two years in a row, and the veteran group leading this team hasn't forgotten.

"We'll definitely have that in the back of our minds and hopefully get a little bit of revenge," said senior guard Zach Kocur, whose 55.6 3-point percentage leads the Mountain West. "We're going to come out swinging and we're going to be ready to play."

Army and Air Force are on different schedules when it comes to cycling through large, program-leading classes. The Black Knights started five seniors when they won 90-80 in



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:15:35 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force deserved better than comical bowl mismatch with stumbling South Alabama]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-deserved-better-than-comical-bowl-mismatch-with-stumbling-south-alabama/article/1591670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-deserved-better-than-comical-bowl-mismatch-with-stumbling-south-alabama/article/1591670?custom_click=rss

Air Force's football team fully deserves to play a bowl game.

The Falcons are worthy of the honor - and it should be an honor - to play in the postseason. They beat Navy and Boise State. They've won five straight. They are ranked No. 32 in national power ratings.

South Alabama is fully undeserving to compete in a bowl.

The Jaguars' season should be over. They finished with a 2-6 record in the Sun Belt Conference, which never will be confused with the SEC. They are ranked 79th in national power ratings. But let's be sure give the Jags credit for this feat: They defeated the mighty Blue Hose of Presbyterian University.

Here's the problem, and it's a big one:

Legitimate Air Force will play illegitimate South



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:41:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force coach puts positive spin on bowl assignment supporters wanted to avoid]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-coach-puts-positive-spin-on-bowl-assignment-supporters-wanted-to-avoid/article/1591602?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-coach-puts-positive-spin-on-bowl-assignment-supporters-wanted-to-avoid/article/1591602?custom_click=rss

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun opted to focus on the positives on Sunday afternoon, hours after learning his team would play in the Arizona Bowl against South Alabama on Dec. 30.

Calhoun raved about the opportunity to play near military bases in a setting with favorable weather, in a fertile recruiting ground and in the impressive venue in Tucson that is home to the University of Arizona.

"We're absolutely delighted to go to Arizona," Calhoun said. "We're honored and humbled."

Air Force fans taking to social media chose to focus on issues less favorable.

While not online-only, this is a game that is not available on television in every market. It will be shown in Colorado Springs/Pueblo on Altitude, and on the local



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:11:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force football players, fans go on rant over bowl game selection]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-football-players-fans-go-on-rant-over-bowl-game-selection/article/1591604?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-football-players-fans-go-on-rant-over-bowl-game-selection/article/1591604?custom_click=rss

Air Force players joined with their fans in expressing disappointment over their selection to the Arizona Bowl on Sunday.

"Just let us go home," one prominent player tweeted, before quickly deleting.

"9 wins doesn't mean anything I guess," another added before also removing it from the social media site.

Falcons fans were a bit more colorful in their language, calling the destination a "shaft job," "absurd," and "embarrassing" among other derisive terms.

"I'd rather go to the dentist than this sham," one message board commenter offered.

But the initial reactions weren't all negative.

Early in the day tailback Jacobi Owens pleaded on Twitter, "please please please give us a good bowl game ..



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:25:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force guard Zach Kocur earns nomination to Good Works team]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-guard-zach-kocur-earns-nomination-to-good-works-team/article/1591496?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-guard-zach-kocur-earns-nomination-to-good-works-team/article/1591496?custom_click=rss

Air Force guard Zach Kocur was nominated earlier this week for the Allstate Good Works Team.

The announcement was made by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The Air Force senior guard was one of 278 players included on the list that aims to "represent the sport's finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers."

Kocur is a member of the academy's dean's list as a management major with a 3.0 GPA. His volunteer work has included fire cleanup and mitigation efforts in Waldo Canyon and Black Forest as well as reading in area grade schools.

Kocur is averaging 10 points and 4 rebounds through eight games this season.

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:05:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Force hockey falls behind early, salvages tie against Holy Cross]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-hockey-falls-behind-early-salvages-tie-against-holy-cross/article/1591494?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-hockey-falls-behind-early-salvages-tie-against-holy-cross/article/1591494?custom_click=rss WORCESTER, Mass. - Air Force scored two power play goals on the way to a 2-2 overtime tie with Holy Cross in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Friday night at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.

Holy Cross (5-5-3 overall, 2-2-3 AHC) took advantage of two Air Force penalties in the first three minutes as T.J. Moore scored a 5-on-3 power play goal at 2:56 with a one-timer from the left circle.

Air Force responded with a power play goal of its own. Phil Boje took a shot from the center point that bounced hard off the back wall and right to Erik Baskin on the doorstep. Baskin netted his fourth of the season at 13:15 to tie the game.

The Crusaders went ahead again with 2:02 left in the first.



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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:34:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Rugged Air Force hockey forward Evan Giesler off to strong start to sophomore season]]> http://gazette.com/rugged-air-force-hockey-forward-evan-giesler-off-to-strong-start-to-sophomore-season/article/1591310?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rugged-air-force-hockey-forward-evan-giesler-off-to-strong-start-to-sophomore-season/article/1591310?custom_click=rss

Falcons forward Evan Giesler's confidence is soaring along with the faith his coaches have in him.

That confidence, buoyed by a personal offensive surge, is bad news for Atlantic Hockey Conference foes, including Holy Cross, which hosts Air Force this Friday and Saturday.

Giesler is now on the AFA power play where his big body and strength makes him an effective screener and puts him in position to redirect shots. An offseason in the weight room cut his body fat, helping him develop a quicker first step on the forecheck.

That and his experience has improved his anticipation, helping him beat opponents to spots on the ice where he can make plays. Both goals - redirects - against Colorado College on Saturday exemplified



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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:01:09 -0700