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  • List: 3 Air Force-Colorado football connections

    Air Force and Colorado haven't played football in more than four decades, a series that will be revived in 2020. Though they haven't faced off on the field during that time, they still share a few connections. Here are a few of them: Ron Vanderlinden The linebackers coach played a key role in helping Bill McCartney build Colorado into a...

  • 4 O'Clock Shadow: Is there still resentment over CU-Air Force football series?

    I don't know the answer to that question. So I'm asking you: Is there still resentment from the Air Force side over the CU-Air Force football series?  Not the next one, the one that will be renewed in 2020 and 2022. The last one. Are there still hard feelings over a series that ended four decades ago, when...

  • Ramsey: Yes! Air Force and CU finally renew football rivalry

    Finally. A far-too-lengthy football Cold War ended Wednesday when Air Force Academy and Colorado agreed to renew their series. Rank stupidity by Boulder spectators ended a promising rivalry in 1974. Forgiveness and wisdom restored the series. The Falcons and Buffs will tangle at CU in 2020 and Air Force in 2022. The reason the series...

  • Air Force hockey announces rookie class

    The 12 incoming freshmen for Air Force hockey were announced after making it through basic cadet training so far. They include six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders. Two have area connections with Morrison forward Evan Feno of the North American Hockey League’s Janesville Jets and forward Matt Serratore, AFA coach Frank...

  • Basic training a learning experience for new Air Force assistant

    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 also new for a Falcons football assistant who had never experienced it. New wide receivers coach Derek Lewis, a Texas graduate and most recently the tight ends coach at Florida, understood what to...

  • Touted QB joins incoming freshman Air Force class in starting basic training

    Most of the young men and women entering the Air Force Academy on Thursday are focused on a time six weeks from now when their experience in basic training will end. Ryan Brand has a different date in mind. "I'm eying the first chance I get to compete, which will be the first practice on either July 31 or August 1," said Brand, who enters Air...

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

    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 Wednesday.   Air Force will not go to Boise State or host San Diego State this season.   The Falcons will host the Broncos and will travel to face the Aztecs.   They will face every other...

  • Ramsey: Air Force's Troy Calhoun gripes a lot and wins a lot, too

    Troy Calhoun listened as Colorado State coach Mike Bobo talked with excitement about an upcoming $220 million on-campus football stadium. He listened as Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre bragged about a freshly-constructed $156 million football facility that includes a luxurious locker room and players' lounge. He listened. And he was...

  • New CSU football coach researching Air Force's offense

    Mike Bobo is still several months from his first matchup with Air Force, but the new Colorado State football coach is already doing his homework. Bobo, who replaces new Florida coach Jim McElwain in Fort Collins, said he has dispatched defensive coordinator Tyson Summers to talk with other coaches about keys to defending the Falcons' unique...

  • Klee: Air Force's Ben Garland changing the storyline with Broncos

    DENVER - This is mission impossible, trying to get Ben Garland to talk about himself. That time the Denver Broncos held a benefit for victims of the Aurora theater shootings and Garland showed up unannounced? "Service before self," he says. Hosting a Make-A-Wish visit at Dove Valley, decorating cookies at Denver Rescue Mission, hugging his...

  • Air Force-Michigan State football game picked up by ESPN Networks

    Air Force’s football game at Michigan State on Sept. 19, has been picked up by the ESPN Networks, the academy announed Friday. The Saturday game in East Lansing, Mich., will begin at noon MDT. The game will be aired on ESPN or ESPN 2, but the designation will not be made until after the games the previous week, according to the news...

  • Inside the mind of a 10,000-meter champion, Hannah Everson of Air Force

    Covering 10,000 meters requires a runner to be alone with their thoughts for a long time - in the case of Hannah Everson, 34 minutes, 23.52 seconds. The Air Force record-holder in the event described her mental process at the regional May 28 in Austin, Texas, that she won despite entering with the 37th-best time in the West region. "You try...

  • Patience led Air Force's Hannah Everson to bigger things like a regional title

    Hannah Everson's guilty pleasure is a nightly reading of her online horoscope. The Air Force runner doesn't check for the fortune-telling aspect of it, but more to fact-check the completed day for accuracy. There was one from earlier this year that she thought nailed her situation. "It said something like, 'Be patient, bigger things are...

  • Bell carries Air Force pole vault tradition back to national meet

    At the rate Air Force produces national-level pole vaulters, it would be easy to assume that program runs on auto pilot and spots at the NCAA championship meet are a given. The results at regionals proved that wasn't the case, and in doing so underscored the impressive nature of the 10-year run the Falcons have put together. Dylan Bell needed...

  • Well-rested Perkins ready to recapture performance from two years ago

    In Zach Perkins' sport, the key isn't strength and size. The key is rest, and that's the one thing he's always lacked. Not anymore. Now that he's graduated and been commissioned as a second lieutenant, the Air Force runner is approaching his final race for the Falcons with full rest as he has prepared for nationals while on his...

  • Klee: Air Force, CU, CSU football catch fire with wide receivers

    DENVER - Does the best wide receiver in college football play for Colorado State? "Ohhh, you're going there!" CSU assistant Alvis Whitted says with a booming laugh. Go big or go home, coach. I'm going there. "The best wide receiver in the country? I can't say that." But then he does. "Me being biased? Yes. Rashard Higgins is the best...

  • Air Force point guard in a cast after boxing class injury

    An injury suffered in boxing class has Trevor Lyons in a cast for the summer. The Air Force point guard threw a punch in class that separated his thumb from his hand. Coach Dave Pilipovich said an MRI determined it was serious enough for surgery, so Lyons will not have use of his right hand for the summer. The good news is that Lyons is a...

  • Ramsey: Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner and making 'the uncomfortable the norm'

    Bruce Jenner stood before a packed crowd at CSU-Pueblo's convocation in 2011. "Being in this arena, the arena of life, is about raising the bar, making the uncomfortable the norm," Jenner said. On Monday, Jenner announced he wants to be known as Caitlyn. And I'll honor the request. For the rest of the column, I'll refer to Jenner as "she."...

  • Evaluation period: Air Force men's basketball coach Dave Pilopovich keeps eye out for future cadets

    LAS VEGAS - If this display of basketball had been shown in a movie, all credibility would have been lost. Real teenagers just don't play the game this way. Players with unreal vertical leaps were throwing down dunks, lobbing alley-oops to each other off the backboard and generally treating an AAU tournament like it was a Harlem Globetrotters...

  • Dave Pilipovich remembers the first time he saw future Air Force players on the court

    This is coach Dave Pilipovich remembering the first time he saw these players who would go on to complete four-year careers with the Air Force basketball team. DeLOVELL EARLS What stood out was that he had long hair and it was braided. I thought there was no way, no way he was going to cut his hair. And that was a thing with him. He was...

  • Coaches at AAU basketball tournaments stick out via their shirts

    They are all easily identifiable by their shirts, giving the AAU tournament, the Pangos Sports Spectacular, a feel of a sporting goods store with constantly rotating merchandise. Coaches from the Ivy League, many from the Mountain West and some from the West Coast Conference were at the event. Colorado and Oregon State were there, too. The...

  • Observing tournaments takes large cut of Air Force basketball recruiting budget

    Even without the ability to contact recruits, the value of basketball observation periods remains strong for programs like Air Force. Coach Dave Pilipovich said most of the Air Force's $160,626 basketball recruiting budget is spent visiting events like the Pangos Spring Spectacular in Las Vegas. While Pilipovich was there, assistant Andy Moore...

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