Air Force and Rice have several connections

    There are several connections between Rice, the opponent in the 2012 Bell Helcopter Armed Forces Bowl, and Air Force.

    AIR FORCE - RICE CONNECTIONS

    Ken Hatfield coached at both Rice and Air Force during his career. He led the Falcons to a 26-32-1 mark from 1979-83 ... Hatfield led the turnaround at Air Force, leading the Falcons to back-to-back bowl games while posting an 8-5 mark in 1982 and a 10-2 mark in 1983 ... The 1982 bowl game was the first for Air Force in 11 years dating back to the 1971 Sugar Bowl ... Hatfield also brought Falcon Legend Fisher DeBerry to the Academy as an assistant ... DeBerry replaced Hatfield and coach the Falcons from 1984-2006, compiling a 169-109-1 mark ... Hatfield was head coach at Rice from 1994-2005 and posted a record of 56-89-1.

    Rice offensive coordinator and running backs coach John Reagan was the offensive line coach at Air Force for Fisher DeBerry from 2003-04 ... Air Force led the conference and was ranked fourth nationally in rushing each year Reagan coached at Air Force ... The Falcons averaged 280.6 yards per game in 2003 and 277.4 in 2004.

    Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue and Air Force receiver Drew Coleman were high school teammates at Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park, Texas. The two have continued a close friendship since their playing days.

    Brandon Hamilton of Rice and Chris Miller of Air Force each attended Copperas Cove High School in Copperas Cove, Texas ... Bryce Callahan of Rice and Colton Huntsman of Air Force each attended Cypress Woods High School in Cypress, Texas ... James Radcliffe of Rice and Alex Ludowig of Air Force each attended Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas.

    Rice has two players that are transfers from Air Force. Trevor Caswell of Stony Point, Texas, and Ryan Pollard of Arlington, Texas, each began their careers at Air Force before transfering. Pollard saw action in four games as a freshman in 2011 at Air Force.

     

    Air Force Bowl Opponents to be either Tulsa, Rice

    C-USA ANNOUNCES BOWL CONTINGENCY PLAN

    IRVING, Texas - Conference USA will have five teams playing in bowl games this season and the league has announced its lineup of games, pending the result of this Saturday's C-USA Football Championship Game.  UCF will visit Tulsa in the championship and based on the result of that game, C-USA's bowl lineup will fall into place. East Carolina, Rice and SMU are the conference's other bowl-eligible teams.

     

    If Tulsa wins the championship game, Rice will play Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.

     

    If UCF wins the championship game, Tulsa will play Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.

     

    C-USA Championship Game host Tulsa will be in a bowl game for the fourth straight season, while its opponent, UCF, will be bowling for the third time in four years.  After a one-year absence, East Carolina will play postseason football for the sixth time in seven seasons. SMU will be making a bowl trip a fourth consecutive year for the first time in school history.  Rice is back in postseason play for the first time since 2008.

     

    Opponents for two of C-USA's bowl games have been confirmed.  Air Force will compete in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and Louisiana-Lafayette will play in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.  Opponents for the other games will be announced no later than Sunday, December 2.

     

    Air Force Classic Game Times Changed

     

    The Air Force women's basketball team has announced that the game times on the opening day of the Air Force Classic have changed from their originally scheduled times. The Falcons' contest versus Kansas City on Friday, Nov. 30, has been moved up to a 4:00 p.m. start time (originally scheduled for 5:00 p.m.). Meanwhile, the second game of the evening, between Boise State and San Diego, is  slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. (originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m.).

    Saturday's games will remain as scheduled, with Kansas City facing Boise State at 2:00 p.m., followed by a 4:30 p.m. contest between Air Force and San Diego.

    Watch Air Force vs. Hawaii on ESPN.com

    The Air Force - Hawaii game will be available on ESPN.com. To watch on your computer, go to the link below.

    http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/639773/hawaii-vs-air-force

     

     

    Salute to the troops by Mountain West Conference

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    (http://www.themwc.com/allaccess/?media=352102).  These highlights include footage from the ESPN SportsNation shoot at Air Force last Thursday. 

    "Mountain West Basketball Countdown to Tipoff" Now Online

    The 2012-13 Mountain West Basketball Countdown to Tipoff featuring the Air Force Falcons has been posted online for both the men's and women's programs.

    Earlier this week, Jesse Kurtz of the Mountain West Digital Network visited the Academy and spoke to head coaches Dave Pilipovich and Andrea Williams, as well as seniors Todd Fletcher, Mike Lyons, Dymond James and Alicia Leipprandt.

    The men's basketball preview is available by visiting http://www.themwc.com/sports/m-baskbl/mw-12-countdown-afa.html.

    To check out the women's basketball preview, visit http://www.themwc.com/sports/w-baskbl/mw-12-countdown-afa.html.

    This week in Air Force athletics

    FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - FOOTBALL PLAYS A RARE FRIDAY NIGHT GAME THIS WEEK VS. NEVADA
    With last Saturday's 28-23 win over New Mexico, Air Force football has quietly accumulated three consecutive conference victories and stands within striking distance of Boise State for the top spot in the league.  At 3-1 in MWC play the Falcons are gridlocked in a four-way tie for second place in the standings.  Incoming Nevada (6-2, 3-1) is one of the teams that Air Force hopes to break away from and looks to make ground in that department this Friday.  The meeting will be the first ever between the schools.  Tickets are available for just $5 in the overlook section of Falcon Stadium and four packs can be purchased for just $60 in any section with an additional voucher for $20 in concessions.  Click Here for more information.

     

    Coach Calhoun Show
    Join Coach Calhoun and Jim Arthur at Back East Bar and Grill this Thursday, October 25th for the weekly People's Bank Coaches Show broadcast live at 6:30 pm.  Stop by after work for great food and drink and get insight on this Saturday's game vs. Nevada.

    This Week's Football Luncheon Moved to Thursday - Catered by Noodles & Company
    Falcon fans are invited to a pre-game lunch at the Falcon Stadium press box this Thursday, October 25th to get fired up for the Nevada game on Friday.  The menu includes Pasta Fresca, Japanese Pan Noodles, Caesar Salad, Rice Krispies and cookies.  Lunch is only $10 per plate and includes a program with door prizes and preview of this Friday's game with Coach Calhoun.

    Men's Water Polo Big Home Stand This Weekend - The Air Force men's water polo teams will host a pair of  West Coast Teams this weekend for a full slate of competition.  The Falcons will open up in the water polo pool vs. Cal Baptist on Friday @ 6 pm.  On Saturday Air Force will be back in action early with a 9 am match vs. Fresno Pacific then again at 7 pm vs. Cal Baptist.  Air Force will turn around and play on Sunday to end the weekend vs. Fresno Pacific @ 1 pm.

     

    Wrestling Blue/Silver Scrimmage - Wednesday, October 24th - Preview the Air Force wrestling team this Wednesday, October 24th at Clune Arena for a 6:30 pm intra-squad scrimmage.  Admission is free.

    Volleyball Halloween Celebration vs. Boise State - Saturday, October 27th   - Stop by the Cadet Gymnasium this Saturday for a fun night of Falcon Volleyball.  Air Force hosts Boise State in a conference showdown and invites all fans to get decked out in their Halloween best before heading out for trick or treating.  All fans in their costume will receive free admission to the match.  Kids in attendance will also receive a free AFA trick or treat bag and candy at the gate.  That's not all!  The first 500 fans will also land a free AFA survival strap at the gate (pictured below).  Match time starts at 7 pm.

    Brackets Released for Air Force Wrestle-Offs

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    In preparation for the 2012-13 competition season, the Falcons' wrestling team will hold its annual wrestle-offs this week, Oct. 22-24. The wrestle-offs, which begin Monday, will end with the Blue-Silver Intrasquad Scrimmage Wednesday evening in Clune Arena.

    Bouts on Monday (matches 1-17) and Tuesday (matches 18-29) will be held in the wrestling room, located in the Cadet Gym, beginning at 3:20 p.m., while Wednesday night's finals are slated to start at 6:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

    Attached are the preliminary brackets for this week's wrestle-offs:

    http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/afa/sports/m-wrestl/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_event/1213wrestleoff-brackets.pdf

    This week in Air Force athletics

    YOUTH NIGHT AT FALCON STADIUM AND ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE FOR THE NEW MEXICO GAME

    Fans attending the Air Force vs. New Mexico game this Saturday are encouraged to bring canned food items to donate to Care and Share at the Falcon Stadium gates.  Bins will be placed at various entrance for food drop offs on Saturday.  Fans can also donate money as volunteers will be stationed around the stadium to collect funds for local families in need as we near the Holiday season.  Checks can be made out to CFC ( Combined Federal Campaign) with Care and Share noted in the memo line. 

    It's also Youth Night at Falcon Stadium this Saturday which means that all kids aged 13 and under can take advantage of $5 tickets with the purchase of an adult ticket. 
    Click here for more information.  All Kid Force kids will also be invited out to the game and will receive two free tickets along with access to the field post-game to play catch and run around on the turf.  To sign up for Kid Force before this weekend's game click here.  Memberships are only $25 for the entire year!

     

    Coach Calhoun Show
    Join Coach Calhoun and Jim Arthur at Back East Bar and Grill this Thursday, October 18th for the weekly People's Bank Coaches Show broadcast live at 6:30 pm.  Stop by after work for great food and drink and get insight on this Saturday's game vs. New Mexico.


    Friday Football Luncheon Catered by Qdoba
    Falcon fans are invited to a pre-game lunch at the Falcon Stadium press box this Friday, October 19th to get fired up for the New Mexico game on Saturday.  The menu includes a steak and chicken taco bar, cilantro and lime rice, chips and queso and brownies and chocolate chip cookies for desert.  Lunch is only $10 per plate and includes a program with door prizes and a preview for Saturday's game with Coach Calhoun.

    Boxing Friday Night Fights - Friday, October 19th - The road to the Wing Open Championships continues this Friday at the Cadet Gymnasium Boxing Gym @ 4:30 pm.  Catch a full card of bouts featuring the best fighters on base.  Admission is free.

    Men's and Women's Swimming Home Meet - Friday, October 19th - Stop by the Cadet Natatorium for a full day of swimming as the men's and women's teams host Colorado College, CMU and CSM @ 4:30 pm on Friday.  Admission is free.

    Men's Soccer Home Series - Friday, October 19th and Sunday, October 21st  - The Falcon men's soccer team looks to get back above .500 with a pair of conference games at home this weekend.  Air Force welcomes Seattle U to the Cadet Soccer Stadium on Friday @ 7 pm and will wrap up play with an afternoon game vs. San Jose State @ 1 pm on Sunday.

     

    Hockey vs. Colorado College - Friday, October 19th - Air Force hockey opens up their 2012-13 campaign with a huge home game vs. cross town rival CC at the Cadet Ice Arena this Friday @ 7:05 pm.  To inquire about standing room only tickets please contact the Air Force ticket office at 719-472-1895.  If you can't make the game catch all of the action live on the Sports Animal 1300 am here.

    Listen to Coach Troy Calhoun this week

    Air Force vs. New Mexico Football Luncheon

    Listen to Coach Calhoun recap the Wyoming game and his strategy for beating the LOBOS

     

    When: Friday October 19th at 11:00 AM (Doors will open at 10:30 AM)

    Where: Falcon Stadium Press Box

    What:  Qdoba Taco Bar with cilantro lime Rice, Black Beans, Queso and brownies and cookies for dessert

    Cost: $10 at the door

    POC: Denise Quelch, x0261

     

    Air Force Football with Troy Calhoun Radio Show

    Join us this Thursday night at Back East Bar and Grill 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 Back East Bar and Grill on AM 740  KVOR as they discuss this past weekend's win at Wyoming and the upcoming game against New Mexico.

    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.