September 2010 Archives

    Q & A with defensive back Reggie Rembert

    Despite being one of the smallest players on the field, senior defensive back Reggie Rembert is large in stature when it comes to his performance on the gridiron.  Since the 5-foot-8, 185 pounder from Flower Mound, Texas, set foot on the practice field in the fall of 2007, he's made an impact for the Falcons in several areas.
    Rembert leads all Falcons with 41 games played and 29 career starts.  With 144 career tackles and seven career interceptions, Rembert has been a key component of the Falcon defensive secondary the last four years.
    In addition to his defensive skills, Rembert has been a special teams standout, as the all-time leader at Air Force in kickoff returns and return yardage.  He has averaged 21.4 yards per kickoff return and 10.2 yards on punt returns over his career.
    As he winds down his four years at Air Force, Rembert sat down with communications assistant Nick Arseniak and answered some questions about being a defensive back and Falcon football in general.

    As a senior on the team, what has been the biggest change in the game for you since your freshman season?
    "I would probably say the speed of the game. The game has slowed down a lot and I am a lot more comfortable in my position and I'm able to react as opposed to thinking so much."

    How has your role on the team changed in four years, now that you are a senior?
    "Well, as a freshman I was just along for the ride and I would just sit back and was definitely a follower. Now I consider myself a leader. So my role has changed from being a follower to a leader on the team."

    The Falcon secondary is a tight-knit unit.  How would you describe your relationship with your fellow defensive backs?
    "I would describe it as a family. We spend time together. We have each others back and we keep each other focused and out of trouble."

    This is your last chance to get a win against Navy.  Is this a pretty important game for you guys?
    "This is huge for our program and I would be lying if I said it wasn't huge for me! They have beat us for as long as I have been here, and it is my last chance to bring that trophy back to Colorado, and to go see President Obama so hopefully we get it done."

    What has allowed the secondary to become one of the team's strengths the past few years?
    "Experience, trust, and friendship.  Just about all of us in the secondary have played in this scheme for a few years so we are able to just play. There isn't much thinking going on when we are out there on Saturdays. We also trust each other, we know that if one of us is supposed to do something then that person is going to be there. Also the coaches seem to trust us and allow us to take calculated risks which typically turn out to be big plays. And then friendship, we are all boys and we hang out together on the weekends. We are as close to being a family as we can be."
     
    What's something most people don't know about the Falcon DB's?
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    We really take pride in ourselves as a unit and as a defense.  We are very coachable and have bought into what the coaches have to say."

    You and fellow DB Anthony Wright, Jr. are pretty competitive?  Do you guys get along well off the field?
    "We get along great! We are pretty much like brothers, and honestly we are competitive, but we haven't ever had an argument or disagreement or anything like that.  A-Wright is a really nice guy and I haven't ever seen him really mad. So we really get along well."

    Anything embarrassing about Anthony you could tell the Falcon Fans?
    "I have to think of something different than last year.  Umm, he is a fat kid at heart. Loves to eat sweets, cake, candy, whatever. Most people on the team call him Touchdown Tony, or Zeus Wright, but a couple of the DB's call him Piggy, because he loves sweets."


    What is one thing you've yet to accomplish at the collegiate football level that you'd like to?
    "To be an All-American. I have been blessed to have been considered an all-conference player but would like to take the next step this year and that next step is All-American."

    Why did you decide to come to the Academy instead of playing at a school in Texas?
    "I told my parents at a young age that they weren't going to have to pay for my college. And because I was small a lot of schools weren't interested in me no matter what my stats were in high school. Size was a huge turn off for schools. I also told myself I wanted to play at the biggest stage and out of high school that would be Division I. Fortunately, when no other teams would give me a chance, Air Force did. And looking back I am happy where God placed me."

    What has been the toughest thing about playing football at Air Force?
    "Balancing academics, military and Div. I football. Its very tough."
     
    What has been the best thing?
    "Definitely the friends you make. We go through more than any other school in America, minus Army and Navy, yet we still do what we do on the field and the brotherhood. Because of that it's amazing."

    What advice do you have for youngsters that aspire to play collegiate sports?
    "Work hard and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. Just use those negative comments to fuel your fire. I have heard it all about my size, I have heard a lot of what I "can't" do and I have already proven a lot of people wrong."

    What are your plans upon graduation?
    "As of now I am going to be an acquisitions officer with an OPEX tour in Aircraft maintenance. But I am thinking about flying, I think that would be a lot of fun."

     

    Air Force Gymnasts to Participate in Race for a Cure

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    Members of the Air Force men's and women's gymnastics team will participate this Sunday (Oct. 3) at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Denver. It is the second straight year that the group has participated in the Denver race.

     

    In addition, the teams will visit Monroe Elementary School in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, Oct. 5, as a part of the Academy's Adopt-a-School program.

    Weekend preview

    Coach Calhoun Show - September 30th
    Join host Jim Arthur and Coach Troy Calhoun live from the Colorado Mountain Brewery as they recap last week's win over Wyoming and preview the big one this weekend.  The show will begin at 6:30 and run until 7:30 pm.  Stick around following the show for a meet and greet with Falcon coaches Frank Serratore, Jeff Reynolds and Andea Williams.  Each coach will speak about their upcoming season and answer any questions from the fans.  Click here to check out the Colorado Mountain Brewery website.

     

    Friday Football Luncheon - October 1st
    Stop by the Falcon Stadium press box this Friday for some great food, prizes and a chance to hear Coach Calhoun speak about this weekend's matchup with Navy.  The luncheon is $7 and open to the public.  This week's menu will be provided by Famous Dave's and includes pork and brisket sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans and a desert. 

     

    Boxing vs. Navy - October 1st
    The Falcons host rival Navy Friday afternoon in the Cadet Gym.  A full slate of bouts is scheduled to begin at 4 pm.  Admission is free to the general public.

     

    Rugby vs. Navy - October 1st
    Air Force rugby is set to do battle with Navy under the lights at Infinity Park in Glendale this Friday.  Game time is 6:30 pm.  Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for military and free for cadets.  Click here to be re-directed to the Infinity Park website.

     

    Women's Soccer MWC Opener -October 1st
    Air Force will kick off conference play on Friday, October 1st vs. Utah.  Game time is set for 6 pm at the Cadet Soccer Stadium.  Admission is free.

     

    Football Navy Game - October 2nd
    Enough said.  Time for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to come home. Be there and be loud. A limited amount of tickets are still available. Click here to reserve your seats.

     

    Men's Soccer vs. Denver - October 2nd
    The Falcons will square of against conference rival this Saturday at the Cadet Soccer Stadium.  Be sure to stop by following the football game for some celebratory tailgating and great soccer action!  Start time is 7 pm.  Admission is free.

     

    Women's Tennis - USAFA Invitational - October 1st - 3rd
    Take advantage of your only chance to catch the Falcons at home this fall as they host the USAFA Invitational over the weekend.  Play starts on Friday and will conclude on Sunday.  Matches start early and will last all day.  Stop by the courts outside the Cadet Gym and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.  Admission is free.

     

     

     

    Athlete of the Week

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    Alex Grubbs, Freshman, Men's Tennis

    Freshman Alex Grubbs went 3-1 in singles last weekend at his first collegiate tournament, the HEB Baylor Invitational in Waco, Texas. Grubbs, from Fort Worth, Texas, won his first three matches in the "B" singles flight before falling in the semifinals.

    He opened the tournament on Friday with an impressive 7-5, 6-0 victory over Chris Gordon of the host school Baylor. Then on Saturday, he posted two more straight-set wins, beating Ricardo Hopker of Texas-Pan American, 7-5, 6-2, and Andy Wang of Rice, 6-0, 6-4.

    On Sunday, Grubbs put up a good fight but fell to Rice's Phillip Seifert in the semifinals, 7-6(5), 6-2. 

    To see a video interview with Alex, please log on to http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/allaccess/index.html?media=197912

    Construction Update: Cadet Outdoor Track Stadium

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    The renovation of the Air Force Academy Cadet Outdoor Track Stadium reached another milestone during the Sept. 24-27 weekend, as construction crews poured the base layer of asphalt on the track and field event runways. Click here for an update: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/092810aab.html

    Holaday Athletic Center Groundbreaking Ceremony Announced

    Colorado Springs, Colo. - Sept 28, 2010 - The USAFA Endowment, on behalf of the United States Air Force Academy and the Association of Graduates, is pleased to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Holaday Athletic Center. The ceremony takes place Friday, October 1, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. at the building site just north of the existing Cadet Field House.

     

    The project was made possible by a generous lead gift of $5 million from Bart and Lynn Holaday, Class of 1965--the largest gift from a graduate to the Academy in the institution's history.

     

    The Holaday Athletic Center, an indoor athletic training facility, is also unique in that it is the largest privately funded capital project in Academy history, housing a regulation field sized to accommodate lacrosse, football and soccer, in addition to many other athletic activities.

     

    For more information on the Holaday Athletic Center, please contact:

     

    Mark Hille

    Vice President of Development

    The United States Air Force Academy Endowment

    3116 Academy Drive

    USAFA, CO 80840

    (719) 472-0300, ext. 200

    Weekend update

    Football - Falcons hold on to beat Wyoming.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/092510aaa.html

     

    Volleyball -- Falcons drop conference opener.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-volley/recaps/092510aaa.html

     

    Women's Tennis - Falcons open play at Cougar Classic.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-tennis/recaps/092510aad.html

     

    Men's Tennis - Falcons open play at Baylor tournament.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-tennis/recaps/092510aab.html

     

    Men's Soccer - Falcons fall 1-0.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-soccer/recaps/092510aaa.html

     

    Women's Soccer - Falcons fall to Weber State.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-soccer/recaps/092410aaa.html

     

    Women's Soccer - Air Force wins in second day of tournament.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-soccer/recaps/092610aaa.html

     

    Men's Tennis - Falcons wrap up day two at Baylor tournament.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-tennis/recaps/092510aae.html

     

    Women's Tennis - Falcons continue at Cougar Classic.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-tennis/recaps/092610aac.html

     

    Women's Tennis - Air Force completes play at Cougar Classic.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-tennis/recaps/092610aad.html

     

    Football Friday

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    THE GAME
    Air Force vs. Wyoming
    Saturday, Sept. 25, 12 p.m. MT, War Memorial Stadium (30,514), Laramie, WY
    • The Air Force-Wyoming series is one of the closest and oldest in school history.
    • Air Force is halfway through a stretch of playing four bowl teams from 2009 in four weeks.
    • This week's game is the MWC opener for Wyoming.
    • Air Force is receiving votes in both polls, ranking 26th in AP and 33rd in the coaches.

    TELEVISION
    Mountain West Sports Network (The mtn)
    James Bates (play-by-play); Todd Christensen (analyst); Andrea Lloyd (sidelines)

    RADIO
    KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; KCKK 1510 AM in Denver and Northern Colorado
    Goairforcefalcons.com
    Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Lee Douglas (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)

    THE BREAKDOWN
    Record: Air Force (2-1, 1-0 MWC), Wyoming (1-2, 0-0 MWC)
    Streaks: Air Force (L 1), Wyoming (L 2)
    Next week: Air Force (vs. Navy, 10/2), Wyoming (at Toledo, 10/2)
    Last week: Air Force (L 24-27 at #7/9 Oklahoma), Wyoming (L 6-51 vs. #3/3 Boise State)
    Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), Wyoming (wyomingathletics.com)

    THE COACHES
    Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fourth season. He has led the Falcons to a 27-15 career record. Calhoun is 17-8 in MWC games, 10-7 in non-conference games, 16-4 in Falcon Stadium, 10-4 in the month of September and 3-0 vs. Wyoming.
    Wyoming: Dave Christensen (Western Washington, 1985) is in his second season. He has led the Cowboys to a 7-9 overall record. Christensen is 4-4 in MWC games and 0-1 vs. Air Force.

    THE SERIES
    • Air Force leads the overall series 25-20-3, including a 16-13 mark in conference games.
    • The Falcons are 9-11-2 in Laramie, 15-9-1 at home and 1-0 in neutral site games.
    • Air Force has a series-best four-game winning streak dating back to 2005.
    • Air Force has a two-game winning streak in Laramie, including a 23-3 win in 2008 in the last game between the two in War-Memorial Stadium.
    • Air Force defeated Wyoming, 10-0, last year in Falcon Stadium.
    • Wyoming has led at the half or the game has been tied the last three years.
    • The game was tied 0-0 last year and 3-3 in 2008, while the Cowboys led 9-7 in 2007 at the half.
    • The teams first played Nov. 2, 1957, to a 7-7 tie in Laramie.

    Weekend Preview

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    Youth Night at Women's Soccer - September 24th
    The Falcons return home from a road trip to host Weber State this Friday night at 6 pm.  All early arriving fans will receive a coupon for free ice cream courtesy of Pikes Peak Ice Cream and Gelato.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's Water Polo  - September 25th & 26th
    The 19th ranked Air Force Men's Water Polo team will be hosting a weekend tournament this Saturday and Sunday in the Cadet Gymnasium.  Catch various matchups of the finest teams in the West during all day competition both days.  Admission is free.

     

    Sea of Blue Women's Soccer - September 26th
    Join Falcon fans in blanketing the Cadet Soccer Stadium in blue as Air Force hosts military institute VMI on Sunday at 11 am.  All early arriving fans will receive a free blue Air Force soccer t-shirt at the gate.  Admission is free.

     

    Post-football game videos available

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    After every football game Falcon fans can view game highlights and watch KVOR's Jim Arthur interview players and head coach Troy Calhoun. All you have to do is click on the front page link  "Air Force Football with Troy Calhoun."   Or just bookmark this page:

    Post-game football highlights and interviews

    Q&A with Rifle Head Coach Launi Meili

    Head coach Launi Meili is now in her third season with the Air Force Academy rifle team. Over the past three seasons, Meili has made some major improvements with the way the team executes its practice schedule and the matches both at home and away.  Since her arrival at the Academy, Air Force has added a gold medalist in the President's Trophy Match (All-Services Academies) and had three-time NRA All American (2009, 2010), their first since 2006 (Chris Hill).

     

    Q. The team is returning from a 6-10 record.  Where do you see the team improving on the six wins from last year?

     

    A: We compete against the top teams in the country, and we have a ways to go to be able to beat them.  We will have the same team returning this year, so we are coming to the line with more experience and expectations.  I believe we will be more competitive this year against Nebraska, Army and Navy and hopefully have a level win - loss record.

     

     

    Q. You have senior Tom Chandler as team captain returning for his final season with the Falcons.  Who do you see stepping up in a leadership role alongside of Chandler?

     

    A:  Robert Vasquez takes on everything we ask of him, and I really rely on his calm demeanor and the way he leads by example.

     

    Q: You've added four new team members, who are all freshmen.  What role will the freshmen play on this year's team?  Are there any standouts that our fans should watch for?

     

    A:  Right now, we are really in the building phase of their training with a lot of changes both physically and mentally.  By the end of the year, we'll see who steps up and is ready to make a presence on the counting team.

     

    Q: Air Force is hosting five consecutive home matches in 2010-11 against some nationally ranked teams.  How do you see Air Force measuring up to these teams?

     

    A.  TCU are national champions, so we'll really have to bring our A game just to compete against that squad.  Alaska is also consistently ranked in the top-two teams, but it takes competing against consistently tough teams to really know what it's going to take to be contenders at the national championships.

     

    I believe we are ready to take on UTEP and Reno with our scores, but you are always trying to shoot a match score to get you to nationals no matter who is on the line next to you.  The best three match scores you shoot over the season is half the qualifying score needed to make it to nationals, so every match counts.

     

    Q: In June 2010, junior Mike Seery became the Academy's first men's USA Shooting Junior National rifle champion in the 50-meter prone and was a member of the 2010 U.S. Junior World Championships rifle team.  How does it feel to have that caliber of marksman on this team?

     

    A: Mike has worked hard and competed on his own in many matches to rise to the level he is now in Men's Prone.  It feels great to have someone on the National Development Team to show that it can be done at the Academy, and Mike really deserves all the credit for his determination.

     

    Q: Do you and Seery feel he can achieve this same level of competition again this season?

     

    A: There won't be a junior world team selected this year as that event is held every four years.  This is the Pan American Games "year" and only the top-two individuals (open to all competitors, not just juniors) make the team.  Mike is closing in on the scores shot at the open level, but it's a very competitive two places to shoot for (where scores are near perfect 600's) so we'll see how he improves over the year.

     

    Q: Is there anything else you would like our fans to know about the upcoming season?

     

    A:  By missing the national championships by just two points last year, we are determined and working hard to break into the top-eight teams and be competitive at that level.

     

     

    Preview: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/c-rifle/spec-rel/092210aac.html

    Q&A: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/c-rifle/spec-rel/092210aad.html

    Tennis Teams Open Season This Weekend

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    The Air Force tennis teams open their 2010-11 seasons this weekend.

     

    The men's team, under the direction of second-year head coach Dan Oosterhous, will travel to Waco, Texas for the Baylor Invitational. Sixteen teams will participate at the tournament, including five, Texas A&M, Rice, Baylor, Texas Tech, and Auburn, that are ranked in the top 32 in the country. The Falcons will send eight players, including five freshmen, to the tournament. 

     

    Meanwhile, head coach Kim Gidley and the Air Force women head to Pullman, Wash., for the Washington State Cougar Classic. Gidley, entering her 13th season, is the program's winningest head coach with 149 victories. The Falcons will send six players, including freshman Anastasia Hueffner, to the tournament. Joining Air Force and Washington State are Boise State, Idaho, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Montana, Montana State, Seatllu University and Portland State.

     

    For tournament updates throughout the weekend, please check www.goairforcefalcons.com.

    Troy Calhoun radio show Thursday night

    Air Force Football with Troy Calhoun Radio Show

    Join us this Thursday night at the Colorado Mountain Brewery for the Air Force Football with Troy Calhoun Radio Show.  Join host Jim Arthur and Coach Troy Calhoun in person from 6:30 - 7:30 PM Live from the Colorado Mountain Brewery on AM 740  KVOR as they discuss the upcoming MWC game against Wyoming and recap the Oklahoma game. 

    Listen to the Coach's Show and all Air Force Football games every week on AM 740 KVOR - The Home of your Air Force Falcons. 

    Athlete of the Week

    Jim Walmsley, Cross Country

    Junior Jim Walmsley won the 20th-annual Woody Greeno Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18, in Lincoln, Neb., behind a time of 24:43.6. In his first 8000-meter race of the season, the native of Scottsdale, Ariz., bettered the field of 295 runners by 10.5 seconds to lead Air Force to a third-place finish in the team standings. In addition, with his time of 24:43.6, Walmsley ran the 17th fastest time ever at Pioneer Park.

     

    Walmsley was one of four Falcons to finish within the top 25, as all five scoring runners placed within the top 30. It is the second straight meet that Walmsley has been the Falcons' top finisher, as he also paced the squad at the season opening Rust Buster Invitational on Sept. 11.

     

    The Falcons return to action next Saturday, Oct. 2, when the squad splits for a pair of meets. Select members will travel to Madison, Wis., for the adidas Invitational, while the remainder of the team heads to Boulder, Colo., for the annual Rocky Mountain Shootout.

     

    Weekend recap

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    Football - Air Force falls in thriller to No. 7 Oklahoma.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/091810aaa.html

     

    Cross Country - Walmsley takes first to lead Falcons.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/c-xc/recaps/091810aab.html

     

    Water Polo - Falcons drop two games at tournament.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-wpolo/recaps/091810aaa.html

     

    Water Polo - Falcons wrap up competition at NorCal tournament.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-wpolo/recaps/091910aaa.html

     

    Volleyball - Falcons fall to service academy rival Army.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-volley/recaps/091710aac.html

     

    Volleyball -- Falcons fall in three to Buffalo.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-volley/recaps/091710aab.html

     

    Volleyball - Falcons fall in five to Bryant.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-volley/recaps/091910aab.html

     

    Volleyball - Falcons rally to beat Hofstra.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-volley/recaps/091910aac.html

     

    Women's Soccer - Air Force falls at Northern Arizona.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-soccer/recaps/091810aab.html

     

    Women's Soccer - Air Force rolls to 5-0 win over Southern Utah.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-soccer/recaps/091910aaa.html

     

    Men's Soccer - AFA falls to nationally ranked Penn State.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-soccer/recaps/091710aaa.html

     

    Men's Soccer - Air Force blanks Oral Roberts.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-soccer/recaps/091910aaa.html

     

    Golf - Gene Miranda Invitational update.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-golf/recaps/091910aaa.html

     

    Football Friday

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    THE GAME

    Air Force vs. #7/9 Oklahoma

    Saturday, Sept. 18, 2:30 p.m. CT, Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,112), Norman, OK

    • Air Force is playing Oklahoma for just the second time ever and first time since opening the 2001 season against the third-ranked Sooners, who were coming off the 2000 national championship.

    • Air Force is receiving votes in both polls this week.

    • Oklahoma has won 32 straight home games dating back to 2005.

    • Air Force is 2-0 for the third time in the last four years.

    • Air Force is second in the nation and Oklahoma fourth in the number of true freshmen to play this season. The Falcons have played 13 while Oklahoma has played 12.

    • Air Force is playing back-to-back games vs. nationally ranked teams for the first time since Nov. 15 and 22, 2008 when the team played No. 16/18 BYU (L 38-24) and No. 15/17 TCU (L 44-10).

     

    TELEVISION

    Fox Sports Net

    Joel Meyers (play-by-play); Joel Klatt (analyst); Jim Knox  (sidelines)

    Locally on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain (#683 on DirecTV and #35 on Comcast)

     

     

    RADIO

    KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; KCKK 1510 AM in Denver and Northern Colorado

    Goairforcefalcons.com

    Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Lee Douglas (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)

     

    THE BREAKDOWN

    Record: Air Force (2-0, 1-0 MWC), Oklahoma (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)

    Streaks: Air Force (W 3), Oklahoma (W 4)

    Next week: Air Force (at Wyoming, 9-25), Oklahoma (at Cincinnati, 9-25)

    Last week: Air Force (W 35-14 vs. #24 BYU), Oklahoma (W 47-17 vs. #17 Florida State)

    Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), Oklahoma (soonersports.com)

     

    THE COACHES

    Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fourth season. He has led the Falcons to a 27-14 career record. Calhoun is 17-8 in MWC games, 10-6 in non-conference games, 16-4 in Falcon Stadium, 10-4 in the month of September and 0-0 vs. Oklahoma.

    Oklahoma: Bob Stoops (Iowa, 1983) is in his 12th season. He has led the Sooners to a 119-29 overall record and is the winningest active coach in the country. Stoops is 77-17 in Big 12 games and 1-0 vs. Air Force.

     

    THE SERIES

    • Oklahoma leads the series, 1-0, after a 44-3 win in Falcon Stadium in 2001.

    • The Sooners were the defending national champions and ranked third nationally at the time.

    Q&A with golfer Kyle Bailey

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    The Air Force golf team opens its 2010-11 season Sept. 19-20, as it hosts the 42nd-annual Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the Eisenhower Golf Club - Blue Course. This year's field features 16 other teams from across the West, including MWC rivals Colorado State, UNLV, Utah and Wyoming.

    The Falcons open the year with an exceptionally young squad, which features five sophomores and six freshmen on the 16-man roster. Among the leaders for this year's group is team captain Kyle Bailey, the Falcons' lone senior. The Austin, Texas, native took a few moments to answer some questions about this weekend's tournament, along with expectations for the coming year:

    As the senior captain on a rather young team, how has your role changed from when you were just a member of the team?  It's much different than what I felt it was last year. Besides the coaching staff, there's no one for me to look to for setting the example or trying to provide guidance to the rest of the team--it's all me, which is a bit of a different feeling.

    What are the advantages of opening the season at home?  Starting the season at home is great for our team. Knowing the golf course is a very important advantage in our sport and since we play the Blue Course all the time we're very familiar with it. This gives us a chance to kick the season off on a good foot since we have the home course advantage.

    How do you feel about your preparation and the team's preparation for the first event?  Our preparation has been great over the past month and a half since we started practice for the season. Everyone has been very motivated by the rest of the team to become better, and as a result we've had some great practices and qualifiers.

    What are the team's goals for this week?  Our ultimate goal for this week is to win. It's been a few years since we have been able to capture our home title and we would love to get it back this weekend.  

    How about your personal goals?  Winning the team title is all that matters to me. It's going to take a good performance from everyone to accomplish that, with such a strong field coming to this year's event.

    What areas of your game have you been working on most?  My short game. If I can get up and down consistently, then I can put up some good numbers.

    Who on the team do you think will have a breakout season this year?  That's tough. I have seen so many great things from most everyone on the team in just this first month and a half. It makes me very excited to see what we can accomplish in some of our upcoming tournaments. I expect sophomore Andrew Hoops to have a great season. He had a very solid freshman year and I think he will do great things this season.

    Which tournament on the schedule are you most looking forward to?  The Service Academy is one that I think everyone looks forward to. It is such a great atmosphere to play in, that it is hard not to get excited about it. Another tournament that I enjoy every year is the Oak Hills Invitational which is held in February in San Antonio, Texas. I played the course several times in my junior career, which may be why I enjoy it so much.

    What are your plans after graduation?  I am hoping to get a slot to go to the Air Force Institute of Technology to get my masters in Computer Science, but if that doesn't work out I'm going to be a Cyberspace Operations Officer. I'll be going to Biloxi, Miss., for training after graduation.

    Weekend Update

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    Men's Soccer Blue Out - September 17th
    Air Force Men's Soccer will host #15 Penn State at the Cadet Soccer Stadium on Friday, September 17th.  This will be the second ranked opponent the Falcons have faced at home. Air Force knocked off Stanford in an exhibition game earlier in the season.  All fans are encouraged to wear blue to the game, and the first 100 fans will receive a free blue Air Force Soccer t-shirt at the gate.  The Falcons will conclude their weekend home stand with Oral Roberts on Sunday.  Admission to all soccer games is free.

     

    Youth Baseball Clinic - September, 18th
    Falcon players and coaches will be hosting a youth baseball clinic this Saturday, September, 18th from 9-11:30 am.  Participants will receive instruction on hitting, fielding and pitching and then are invited to stick around for a blue and silver scrimmage.  Registration is $20 and includes an Air Force baseball t-shirt.  For more information or to sign up contact Coach Bicknell at 719-333-7539 or toby.bicknell.ctr@usafa.eduClick Here to download your registration form.

     

    Fencing Nick Toth Open - September 18th and 19th
    The Air Force Fencing team will host an open event this Saturday and Sunday in the East Gym of the Cadet Gymnasium.  Admission to the event is free for the general public.  Competition begins at 9:30 am and will run all morning.

     

    Men's Golf Invitational - September 19th and 20th
    The Air Force men's golf team welcomes best collegiate golf talent in the West to Eisenhower golf course this weekend.  The Falcon Invitational will begin on Sunday morning on the Eisenhower Blue Course and continue all day, with final round action starting early on Monday.   Admission to the tournament is free for the general public.

     

    Kids Day with Air Force Hockey - September 20th
    Come out to the Cadet Ice Arena on Monday, September 20th for Kids Day with the Air Force hockey team.  Kids can come down on the ice and skate with the Falcons from 6-7pm.  Skate rentals will be available for only $3.  Following the open skate, Coach Serratore will speak about the upcoming season and  kids can meet their favorite players for autographs and photos.  Fans who have not yet done so can select their seats for the 2010-11 season.

    Air Force Hockey Kids Night, Monday, Sept. 20

    Come out to the Cadet Ice Arena on Monday, Sept. 20, and meet your favorite Falcon hockey player at the 2010 Air Force Hockey Kids Night. Fans can skate with the Falcons from 6-7 p.m. Then from 7:00-7:45 p.m., the team will be available for autographs and photographs. Head coach Frank Serratore, the cheerleaders and The Bird will also highlight the second annual event. All Kid Force members will receive a free hot dog. If you are not a Kid Force member, you can join online at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com or sign up that night. Fans can also purchase tickets for the 2010-11 season that night as well. The Falcons open the season with an exhibition game vs. the University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada) at 6:05 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4. Air Force opens the regular season on the road at the Kendall Classic in Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 8-9. AFA's first regular-season game is Friday, Oct. 22, against league rival American International College at 7:05 p.m.

    Nick Toth Open, Sat.-Sun., Sept. 18-19, 2010

    Nick Toth Open Schedule of Events

    The Air Force Academy fencing team will host the annual Nick Toth Open. This year's event will host over 230 participants. The event is open to the public. The venue for the Nick Toth Open is the Cadet Gymnasium (east gym).

    Saturday, September 18th 2010

    Senior Mixed Epee at 9:30AM
    Senior Women's Saber at 9:30 AM
    Y12 Mixed Epee 10:30 AM
    Senior Mixed Saber at 12:30 PM
    Senior Women's Epee at 12:30 PM

    Sunday, September 19th 2010

    Senior Mixed Foil at 9:30AM
    Y14 Mixed Epee at 9:30 AM
    Senior Women's Foil at 12:00 PM
    Cadet (U17) Mixed Epee at 1:00 PM

    Indoor Training Facility Update

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    The Indoor Training Facility: We're Not Done Yet!            

     

    At the Air Force Academy, every cadet participates in daily athletic activities--which means every cadet can expect to face threatening outdoor weather conditions 70 days a year. That's 70 less days to practice, 70 days short of a full training season, 70 days dulling our competitive edge.

     

    That is why the USAFA Endowment is actively seeking donations for the largest privately funded capital project in the history of our Academy--the new Indoor Training Facility.

     

    The Academy's 27 intercollegiate and 14 intramural sports, in addition to physical education classes and activities, make indoor training space scarce for more than 4,400 student-athletes. The Cadet Field House, built in 1968, can no longer meet the demand. The new Indoor Training Facility will finally enable athletes to train safely, year-round. Cadets will use it every day, knowing that it was built through the efforts and support of friends of the Academy's athletics program.

     

    The Indoor Training Facility will not only impact the lives of current cadets; it will play a crucial role in attracting future generations of outstanding student-athletes. Our sister academies at West Point and Annapolis have added multimillion-dollar indoor practice facilities to their campuses, and the Air Force Academy is one of only 3 institutions in the entire Mountain West Conference without an indoor athletic training facility. There is a very limited pool of top student-athletes from which the Academy can recruit, and competition for these candidates is fierce among other universities. When it comes to recruiting the best of the best, facilities matter.

     

    Thanks to the generosity of many graduates, family members, and friends of the Academy, we are getting closer to our fundraising goal for the new Indoor Training Facility. But we're not done yet! We need your help to push us across the "goal line" in funding by the end of this year.

     

    To find out more about the project, please visit the web site, or to make a gift online, please click here.

     

    A Day in the Life of an Air Force Football Player

    Below are links to a three-part series that Air Force TV did on the life of an Air Force football player and also on 2010 graduate Ben Garland who was in camp with the Denver Broncos.

     

    Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cliBWXKnRw

    Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n9OIay7eho

    Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6HWSpGPqj4

     

    Weekend recap

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    Football - Air Force rolls past BYU in Mountain West Conference opener.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/091110aaa.html

     

    Cross Country - Falcons open season at Rust Buster meet.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/c-xc/recaps/091210aaa.html

     

    Volleyball -- Team picks up another win, a three-game sweep of La Salle

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-volley/recaps/091010aaa.html

     

    Women's Soccer - Falcons win tournament to improve to 5-2-1

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-soccer/recaps/091210aaa.html

     

    Water Polo - Falcons complete sweep of Chapman.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-wpolo/recaps/091210aaa.html

     

    Air Force to honor 9-11 on helmets

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    The Air Force football team will honor the memory of 9-11 with a special tribune on its helmets for today's game. The lightning bolts on the side of the helmet will feature the American flag with white stars on blue and red and white stripes. The back of the helmet will have four stickers. The first is a 9-11-01 sticker with the 11 being replicas of the World Trade Center twin towers and the word remember with a United States flag. There is a black outline around it in the shape of the Pentagon building. Underneath going left to right are the official logos of the New York City Police Department, the New York City Fire Department and the Port Authority Police of New York - New Jersey.

     

    Football Friday

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    THE GAME

    Air Force vs. #RV/24 BYU

    Saturday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m., Falcon Stadium (46,692), USAFAcademy, CO

    • This week's game is the conference opener for both schools and marks the last time the two will play as conference foes.

    • Air Force is 10-1 all-time in MWC openers.

    • Air Force will be honoring local firefighers and police and recently deployed soldiers during the game.

    • The Falcons will also honor NYPD detective Steve Hayden and FDNY firefighter Kenny Haskill as honorary game captains.

    • There will be special video presentations about 9-11 during the game as well.

     

    THE BREAKDOWN

    Record: Air Force (1-0, 0-0 MWC), BYU (1-0, 0-0 MWC)

    Streaks: Air Force (W 2), BYU (W 6)

    Next week: Air Force (at Oklahoma, 9-18), BYU (at Florida State, 9-18)

    Last week: Air Force (W 65-21 vs. Northwestern State), BYU (W 23-17 vs. Washington)

    Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), BYU (BYUcougars.com)

     

    THE COACHES

    Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fourth season. He has led the Falcons to a 26-14 career record. Calhoun is 16-8 in MWC games, 15-4 in Falcon Stadium, 9-4 in the month of September and 0-3 vs. BYU.

    BYU: Bronco Mendenhall (Oregon State, 1988) is in his sixth season. He has led the Cougars to a 50-15 career record. Mendenhall is 34-6 in MWC games, including a 5-0 mark vs. Air Force.

    • This week's game matches two of the most successful coaches in MWC history.

    • BYU's Bronco Mendenhall ranks second all-time with a .766 winning percentage while Troy Calhoun of Air Force is fifth with a .658 mark.

     

    Vote for the Bird - The Falcon mascot is in the Capital One Mascot Challenge again this year and you can help him by voting. See the attached link for details.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/genrel/090910aaa.html

     

     

    Weekend preview

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    Cross Country - September 11th
    The men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the 2010 Rust Buster Invitational held on Saturday, September 11th at Monument Valley Park, 6100 ft altitude.  Collegiate races begin at 9:15 and there are open races available to the general public at 4k and 6k.  Click Here for more information on how to register.

     

    Men's Water Polo - September 11th & 12th
    The #19 Air Force Men's Water Polo team will kick off their 2010 home schedule with a weekend series vs. Chapman at the Cadet Gymnasium.  Games are set for Saturday and Sunday at 10 am.  Click Here to read more about the water polo team. 

     

    Football - September 11th
    Air Force football will host BYU at Falcon Stadium for Remembrance Day presented by Boeing.  The Air Force Academy invites fans to help pay tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives on 9/11 and continue to do so on a daily basis for our safety and wellbeing. Kickoff is set for 2 pm. For tickets visit goairforcefalcons.com.

     

    Special 9-11 activities at AF-BYU Game

    Air Force football fans are urged to be in their seats by 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the Air Force - BYU football game, as several special presentations that will begin with the annual cadet march-on are planned.

    The day will begin with 20,000 mini American flags and 10,000 US Constitutions being handed out at the stadium gates. In addition, a giant flag covering the entire field will be unveiled at halftime. The cadet march-on will have special guests and will be followed with a special video tribute to 9-11. In addition, a steel girder from the World Trade Center will be on display on the east side of the stadium in front of the flag pole before the game.

    NYPD detective Steve Hayden and FDNY firefighter Kenny Haskell will serve as honorary game captains for Air Force and will take part in the pregame coin toss. Several members of the Academy family who have recently deployed will also be on hand and will honored with local firefighters, police.  Finally, the Wings of Blue will jump with an American flag that was recently flown over the World Trade Center site and presented to the Academy at last week's game. 

     

     

    Men's Soccer Media Guide Available Online

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    The 2010 Men's Soccer media guide is now available online at: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-soccer/archive/090210aaa.html

    The Falcons travel to San Diego, Calif., this weekend for a pair of games in the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Tournament, hosted by San Diego State. Air Force (1-1) will face the host Aztecs on Friday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m., then 12th-ranked UC Irvine on Sunday, Sept, 12 at 11 a.m. The University of Oakland is the fourth team in the tournament.

    For live stats and results, please visit the tournament website at: http://goaztecs.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/sdsu-10-marriott-central.html

    AFA Athletics Athlete of the Week Interview: Kelly Stambaugh

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    Air Force women's soccer freshman goalkeeper Kelly Stambaugh was recently named AFA athletics Athlete of the Week.  She took a moment to answer some questions about several honors she earned for her performance at the Air Force Fall Classic his past weekend.

    http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=afa&media=193081

     

    Also, here are video highlights of Kelly's performance from the weekend.

    http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=afa&media=192554

    Update: Renovation of the Cadet Outdoor Track

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    The demolition phase of the Cadet Outdoor Track Stadium is complete. Click here for an update on the progress and photos of the demolition. http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/090810aae.html 

    Q & A with defensive lineman Rick Ricketts

    Keeping players constantly motivated is often one of the biggest challenges coaches are faced with.  However, that is not the case with Air Force senior defensive lineman Rick Ricketts. 
    Regarded as one of the most intense players ever to suit up for Falcon football, Ricketts brings a non-stop motor and a fiery attitude to the defensive line.
    Coaches and teammates rave about his work ethic and determination, not just in games, but in practices as well.  A mild mannered individual off the field, Ricketts brings so much intensity to the gridiron, he is constantly reminded by the coaching staff to reign it in during practice.
    A three-year letterwinner, Ricketts is coming off a solid junior year where he led all Falcon defensive linemen with 54 tackles.  In 38 career games, the San Jose, Calif., native has amassed 108 career tackles, including 10.0 for loss.
    Ricketts sat down with communications assistant Nick Arseniak and answered some questions regarding his intensity, being a defensive lineman and who is the best athlete in his family.

    How many times a week to you get told to tone it down at practice?
    "Too many times to count."

    Teammates say your are the mellowest guy off the field.  Why are you so intense on the field. "I just know when to flip the switch I guess.  Sometimes I just build up some stuff throughout the day and just let loose once I get on the field."

    Defensive line coach Ron Burton is known for having some crazy sayings.  What is the most interesting one you've heard?
    "He always uses a reference to the ice cream man.  When we get too high in our stance and get stood up by blockers, he says we're 'lookin' at the ice cream truck.'  Which after four years still makes no sense to me."

    How is the defensive line corps as a unit?  Do you guys get along well?
    "We definitely do.  We're goofy, but a tight-knit group.  An outsider may say we're collectively immature, but I think we just like to enjoy our company."

    With you and fellow defensive lineman Ryan Gardner hailing from San Jose, do you guys brag about the talent that comes from that city?
    "We do sometimes.  I always tell our coaches that if they want consistently good defensive linemen, they should keep looking in San Jose."

    What were some things you had to   adjust to at the college level in regards to playing d-line?
    "The speed of the game.  Everything is a lot faster.  Also the size of the offensive lineman and the running backs are a lot harder to bring down."

    Any interesting conversations with opposing offensive linemen?
    "I do, but not suitable for this Q&A.  The offensive linemen always do the talking and I do my best to back it up with my play."

    What has been the toughest road venue to play at?
    "New Mexico is a tough venue just because of the student section being right behind our bench.  They are close to the field and on you the whole game."

    Do you have any superstitions in regards to football?
    "I just have a consistent routine.  I do everything the same way I guess."

    Any teammates with weird ones?
    "We have a lot of guys who wear their high school football t-shirts during warmups." 

    Who was a big influence in your sports career?
    "My dad was.  He played D-line at San Francisco State and just taught me things growing up that have helped me along the way.  I think I know a lot about playing defensive line because of all the things he taught me when I was growing up."

    Your have two sisters currently playing collegiate softball and a third that was a collegiate All-American.  Who's the best athlete in the family?
    "My youngest sister, Keilani, who is pitching at Oklahoma.  At 6-foot-3, she's the tallest of my siblings and an extremely talented athlete."

    Two of your sisters, Keilani and Stephanie (at Hawai'i) pitch in college.  Could you get a hit off them?
    "No I could not.  My dad used to make me catch for them and my hand always hurt afterwards catching those fastballs."

    What is your favorite thing about playing football at Air Force?
    "The heart that everyone has.  You rarely ever see someone give up on a play here.  That fits with my personality and its something I like.  Sometimes you don't' see that at other schools."

    What are your plans upon graduation?
    "I'm not sure yet, but I'd like to go become an acquisitions officer."

    Catch Coach Calhoun this week

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    Two chances to catch Coach Calhoun in person again this week in Colorado Springs - Thursday night radio show and the Friday Football Luncheon: 

     

    Air Force Football with Troy Calhoun Radio Show

    Join us this Thursday night at the Colorado Mountain Brewery for the Air Force Football with Troy Calhoun Radio Show.  Join host Jim Arthur and Coach Troy Calhoun in person from 6:30 - 7:30 PM Live from the Colorado Mountain Brewery on AM 740  KVOR as they discuss the upcoming MWC opener with BYU and recap the Northwestern State game. 

    Listen to the Coach's Show and all Air Force Football games every week on AM 740 KVOR - The Home of your Air Force Falcons. 

     

    Friday Football Luncheon - Open to the Public

    It's time for the Friday Falcon Football Luncheon!!!

    Come out and enjoy great food from Golden Corral at the Air Force vs. BYU Football Luncheon

     Listen to Coach Calhoun's plan for this weekend's MWC opener against BYU!!!

    Plenty of great food and door prizes!!!

     

    When: Friday, September 10th at 11:00 AM (Doors will open at 10:30 AM)

    Where: Falcon Stadium Press Box

    What: Golden Corral - BBQ Beef, Pulled Pork, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Smoky Cheese Baked Potato Casserole and Chocolate Cake

    Price: Pay at the door - Just $7.00

     

     

    Stambaugh named Air Force Athletics Athlete of the Week

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    Air Force women's soccer freshman goalkeeper Kelly Stambaugh was named Air Force Athletics Athlete of the week on Sept. 7.

     

    Stambaugh helped lead Air Force women's soccer to an unbeaten weekend and second place finish at the 2010 Air Force Fall Classic.  Stambaugh allowed one goal and had eight saves over two games and 200 minutes for a 0.45 goals against average. For her efforts, she was one of three Falcons named to AFA Fall Classic All-Tournament Team. 

     

    The Clarksville, Md., native allowed one goal while recording five saves in a 1-1 tie vs. The Citadel on Friday.  Stambaugh recorded her second shutout of the season in 1-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday.

    Weekend recap

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    Football team wins season opener - The Falcons roll past Northwestern State.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/090410aaa.html

     

    Men's soccer - The men's soccer team picks up its first win of the year.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-soccer/recaps/090510aaa.html

     

    Women's soccer - The women's soccer team has already surpassed last season's win total.

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-soccer/recaps/090510aaa.html

     

    Rembert okay after serious hit Saturday - Senior defensive back Reggie Rembert was treated and released Saturday following a hit to the neck in Saturday's game vs. Northwestern State. Rembert was taken off the field on a stretcher, but returned to the stadium after the game. All tests were negative and he should be able to return to the field sometime this season.

    Football Friday

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    A quick preview of this weekend's game vs. Northwestern State

    THE GAME
    Air Force vs. Northwestern State
    Saturday, Sept. 4, 12 p.m., Falcon Stadium (46,692), USAF Academy, CO

    TELEVISION
    None. This is the only game not televised this season.

    RADIO
    KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; KCKK 1510 AM in Denver and Northern Colorado
    Goairforcefalcons.com
    Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Lee Douglas (analyst); Jay Ricci/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)

    THE BREAKDOWN
    Record - 2009: Air Force (8-5, 5-3 MWC), Northwestern State (0-11, 0-7 Southland)
    Streaks: Air Force (W 1), Northwestern State (L 11)
    Next week: Air Force (vs. BYU, 9-11), Northwestern State (vs. Samford, 9-11)
    Last game: Air Force (W 47-20 vs. Houston), Northwestern State (L 19-10 vs SF Austin)
    Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), Northwestern State (nsudemons.com)

    THE COACHES
    Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fourth season. He has led the Falcons to a 25-14 career record. Calhoun is 9-6 vs. non-conference opponents, including a 5-1 mark at home, 14-4 in Falcon Stadium and 8-4 in the month of September.
    Northwestern State: Bradley Dale Peveto (SMU, 1986) in in his second season. He has an 0-11 career record. 

    THE SERIES
    • Air Force and Northwestern State are meeting for the first time.
    • This game marks Air Force's second vs. a team from the Southland Conference (Nicholls State, 2009).
    • Air Force defeated Nicholls State, 72-0, to open last year.

    SEASON OPENERS
    • Air Force is 33-19-2 overall in season openers, including a 28-8 mark in season openers at home.
    • Air Force has won three straight and four of the last six season openers with the only losses coming at No. 11 Tennessee in 2006 and vs. No. 13 California in 2004. 
    • The Falcons have won five of the last six season openers at home with the only loss coming vs. No. 13 California in 2004.
    • Air Force has won 12 straight season openers vs. unranked teams dating back to 34-21 setback vs. Colorado State in 1994.
    • Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is 3-0 in season openers, all three coming at home.

    AIR FORCE VS. FCS TEAMS
    Air Force is 14-0 all-time againsts teams from the Football Championship Subdivision.

    Weekend update

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    What's happening this weekend at USAFA.......

     

    Men's and Women's Soccer - September, 3rd
    Catch the Falcon women in action vs. The Citadel and stick around for the second game of the twin bill as the men kickoff their season vs. Houston Baptist at 7 pm.  Coach Hill and the Falcons will be hosting a free soccer clinic for Rush Club soccer players.  The clinic will begin at 6 pm.  Admission is free for both games.

     

    Football vs. Northwestern St. - September, 4th
    Family Four Packs are available for only $79! The home opener and Parent's Weekend at Falcon Stadium this weekend vs. Northwestern State starts at noon. CLICK HERE for tickets

     

    Men's and Women's Soccer - September 5th
    Doubleheader at the Cadet Soccer Stadium starting with the women's game vs. Fairleigh Dickinson @ 11 am (!st 50 will receive a coupon for free ice cream sundaes from Culvers) and followed by the men vs. Cal Poly @ 1 pm.  The first 50 in attendance at the men's game will receive a coupon for free Ice Cream from Pikes Peak Ice Cream & Gelato.  Admission is free for both games.

     

    Looking further ahead.......

     

    Cross Country - September 11th
    The men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the 2010 Rust Buster Invitational held on Saturday, September 11th at Monument Valley Park, 6100 ft altitude.  Collegiate races begin at 9:15 and there are open races available to the general public at 4k and 6k.  Click Here for more information on how to register.

     

    Men's Water Polo - September 11th & 12th
    The #19 Air Force Men's Water Polo team will kick off their 2010 home schedule with a weekend series vs. Chapman at the Cadet Gymnasium.  Games are set for Saturday and Sunday at 10 am.  Click Here to read more about the water polo team. 

     

    Football - September 11th
    Air Force football will host BYU at Falcon Stadium for Remembrance Day.  The Air Force Academy invites fans to help pay tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives on 9/11 and continue to do so on a daily basis for our safety and wellbeing.  $5 tickets are available for all firefighters, police officers, rescue personnel, and military.  Kickoff is set for 2 pm. For tickets visit goairforcefalcons.com.

     

    Air Force Water Polo Picked to Finish Fifth in WWPA

    The Air Force water polo team, which was ranked 19th in the national preseason polls, has been chosen to finish fifth in the Western Water Polo Association, as voted on by the league's coaches. The Falcons open the 2010 season this weekend at the Triton Invitational, hosted by league rival UC San Diego, and are led by senior captain Bobby Geiger, who posted a team-best 77 goals and 100 points in 2009. This weekend's preview is available now: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-wpolo/spec-rel/090110aaa.html

    Meanwhile, you can also access the 2010 Air Force water polo media guide by clicking the following link: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-wpolo/archive/083110aab.html

    Q & A with wide receiver Kevin Fogler

    At 6-foot-5, Kevin Fogler usually stands out in a crowd. From the heart of high school basketball country in Fort Wayne, Ind., Fogler spent much time on the hardwood. Much like every kid who every watched the movie "Hoosiers", Fogler's first love was basketball.

    Skip ahead several years and the senior wide receiver has become an enigma for many Mountain West defensive coordinators.

    Fogler led the team with 25 receptions for 567 yards and five touchdowns last season. His 22.7 yards per catch was by far the best in the league among players with more than 25 catches on the season.

    His precision route-running, size and strength make him a difficult matchup for most defensive backs. When the rubber meets the road, Falcon quarterbacks find big No. 83 at key times. Last season, 20 of his 25 catches went for first downs or touchdowns. In the bowl game, he tied a career high with four catches for 89 yards.

    Fogler took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with communications assistant Meredith Danner and answered some questions regarding his football career at Air Force.

     

    Q: You played on the JV team your freshman year and had to quickly transition into a leadership role on the varsity team the next spring. Was it difficult to make a transition like that?
    A: I would say the JV process made the transition easier because I was learning from guys above me and kind of finding out how the team worked and where the leadership comes from. I think the JV time helped me to make that transition as opposed to it being real tough.


    Q: You set a couple of career records for yourself last season (Had three catches for his first  100-yard game and caught career-long 73-yard touchdown pass, both against Army). Do you pay attention to things like that?
    A:  I don't really pay attention to things like that because last year was really my first year playing, so things like that are going to happen when you're playing for your first season. So it was more about the team's goals and winning games from week to week.

    Q: Being 6-foot-5, do you see your height as an advantage in the position you play?
    A: Yes, it's definitely an advantage to be tall at wide receiver and I try to use it as much as I can with smaller defenders.

    Q: What do you like best about playing with a group like this?
    A: It's definitely the guys you meet [and] the great friendships you make with other guys on the team. You meet some lifelong friends and they become your brothers and second family.

    Q: Does that camaraderie translate well onto the field? How important is it to have that chemistry?
    A: Playing for each other in that spirit helps us on the field. It helps us when we're in the fourth quarter late in games against teams when you know you can count on the guy next to you.

    Q: Any pregame rituals or superstitions?
    A: I'm not superstitious at all.

    Q: What is your most memorable experience playing with AFA football so far?
    A: It was probably the week we played Army when ESPN Gameday came because I had a bunch of family out there and had a pretty good game, so that was fun.

    Q: Toughest place you've played?
    A: Probably the toughest and loudest was Minnesota because it was [their] home opener in that new stadium. It was really loud. 

    Q: What are you looking forward to most about this upcoming season?
    A: I'm just looking forward to having the best season yet,  getting as many wins as we can,  ending up with the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy and a bowl game would be a great season to end on.

    Q: You played both basketball & football in high school. Did you have to decide between the two, or did football just seem like a better way to go?
    A: Basketball was my first love and that was the sport I was attached to, but I had better opportunities in football. As my high school career went on I guess football started to catch up with basketball, and when I had greater opportunities to go to a school like this, football just kind of became the best decision for me. 

    Q:  What are your plans after graduation?
    A: I have a pilot spot as of now, so I'm hoping to go to pilot training and become a pilot.