Army 2011 Football Preview: LA Times

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Here's another late-summer preview from the L.A. Times.

Almost every preview has Army on the shy side of 6 wins and call the late season turn of games Army's obstacle to the postseason. This one is more of the same a brief look back to last season, offensive, defensive and special teams notes and a 2011 outlook.

 OUTLOOK: Coming off a solid season with a few key players back in the mix, the Black Knights are facing something they haven't dealt with in quite some time -- increased expectations. However, half of last year's starting unit has moved on, and coach Ellerson dialed up the intensity in the spring and summer camps to keep the focus level up. Fortunately for the Black Knights, their two biggest offensive stars return in Steelman and Hassin, which should help keep that option game in gear. On the other hand, the defense was hit hard by graduation, and that may show up on the scoreboard early on. Another tough back end of the schedule looms, as Army will close out the regular season against Air Force, Rutgers, Temple and Navy. In all likelihood, the new-look defense will determine whether the Black Knights win enough games to go bowling once again. 

I agree in thinking Army is capable of 4-5 wins. Army's bowl eligibility will likely come down to the last stretch run of games, but each of those games are away or at a neutral site, and three of the four games will be played on grass (all other Army games will be played on turf). Army will again play Navy after the bowl bids are handed out giving the Cadets one less chance to reach bowl eligibility. Considering these things as well as the level of competition up and down the schedule I think Army will have its hands full getting to 5 wins let alone 6.

Almost time for football season.


New Duo in the Booth.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Interdonato has a lot of stuff up about practices, but Sal's post about the new broadcast team on CBS College Sports Network caught my eye. 

The new broadcast duo for Army home games will be Gary Thorne and Randy Cross

I would have been happy sticking with Sehorn and Dave Ryan but I am not disappointed about the change because I like Gary Thorne. Thorne is knowledgeable, excitable, and he's an experienced broadcast pro. I also think it will be interesting to see how Thorne's frenetic diction will take to Army's ball control philosophy. 

I don't know the reason behind the switch, but I think this move is evidence of the strength of CBS's broadcast relationship with Army football. CBS is investing some of its best people into the CBS College Sports brand.  It’s another reason why I’m looking forward to this year’s home games.


Thorne pairs with returning analyst Randy Cross for Army home games. Cross will continue to be the analyst for Navy home games, teaming this season with announcers Tim Brant and Josh Lewin, who will handle two games each. With his role this season, Cross becomes the first announcer to call both Army and Navy home games throughout a season.

Just a couple of weeks away, now. 

Yearbook: Widener University

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Here is a look at Widener University's yearbook and the school's digital archive. This one is a brand new digital collection of online yearbook and athletic documents.

I've broken down the widener Porcupine, and Sabre and Sash and Pennsylvania Military Preparatory School  yearbooks here but the rest is up for grabs:



Yearbooks

 What a timely and fortuitous date for these online yearbooks to survive and thrive.









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Miscellaneous File

Tuesday, August 16, 2011



While we're taking a look out of the region I'll note Iowa State's evident concern about the Big Ten's new 9-game schedule. Beginning in 2017, the Big Ten's 9-game league slate may urge B10 teams to schedule an extra home/away date for each league team. Due to that, teams might look to exclusively schedule non conference home dates in place of a yearly visits to arch rivals. With this paradigm extrapolated to Iowa's schedule beyond 2017 I can easily see a scenario that could jeopardize Iowa State's rivalry with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Personally, I believe that the legend of the CyHawk will persevere, but before we dismiss the prospect of losing in-state rivalries replacing them with yearly cupcake home games keep in mind there has been a precedent of that kind of  messy divorce in recent Big Ten expansion.



You can tell Army Pointer View is ready for some football. Blanket coverage from them in anticipation of another winning season.


Oh, yeah... this show isn't just about Delaware.  Phil Steele's top 30 FCS countdown is complete, each team's preview is available, but you'll have to figure out for yourself how to see each PDF.
William and Mary is PS#1/


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2011 Delaware Football Preview: Phil Steele

Monday, August 15, 2011


PHIL STEELE IS THE MAN.

One of my favorite annual previews is available, Phil Steele's FCS Top 30 countdown lists Delaware as #6 in Div 1-AA.


I support Phil Steele and the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens all day every day.



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