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Air Force boots five from team

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The beginning of preseason practices didn’t open up with particularly good news for Air Force. It’s not simply that the Falcons are down five players, it’s that the handful was expected to major contributors this season.

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun announced Friday that linebacker Jamil Cooks, receivers Brandon Hirneise and Mikel Hunter, tight end Devin Durden and safety Anthony Wooding are not with the team. Calhoun added that the five were not suspended, but aren’t on the roster.

Right now, they’re not practicing, they’re not here,” Calhoun said, adding that the players were, however, still enrolled in the academy.

The Colorado Springs Gazette states that when players aren’t part of the team, it’s typically because of one of four reasons: a violation of the honor code, academics, military performance problems or a physical fitness issue.

Of the five, the absences of Cooks and Wooding may be felt most. Wooding was the team’s fifth-leading tackler last year with 57 tackles, with Cooks adding another 50. Hunter was the team’s third-leading receiver last year with 14 receptions for 244 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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13 Responses to “Air Force boots five from team”
  1. stairwayto7 says: Aug 5, 2012 9:23 AM

    sexual harrasment??

  2. mgmac says: Aug 5, 2012 12:04 PM

    all three academy’s (sp) have had problems with sexual harrasment AND sexual assault. It is disgusting and the male members seem to believe it is okay to sexually harras and abuse their female counterparts. In fact it is not too much difference than jerry sandusky – the higher ranked cadets harrasing and molesting those of lower rank

  3. galvezben says: Aug 5, 2012 12:04 PM

    Maybe they can transfer to Penn State.

  4. seanb20124 says: Aug 5, 2012 2:25 PM


  5. coolhorn says: Aug 5, 2012 2:33 PM

    Jumping the gun a little bit, aren’t we. Their absence from training camp may have zilch to do with harassment. Whatever the reason they’re gone, I’m pretty sure it will come out sooner rather than later.

  6. shotgunchipmunk says: Aug 5, 2012 2:44 PM

    Hard to say what it could be, but keep in mind Air Force players have high-level academics (even management majors have to take astronautical engineering), physical testing (offensive lineman still have to be able to do a mile and half run in the mountains in under 12 minutes), and military training (nothing like your first jump being a solo free-fall with no static line). While most football players just have to worry about a GPA, Academy players have a GPA, PEA, and MPA which all have to be above a certain level. Any one of those drops below a certain point and you go before a review board which can dismiss you from the academy or put you on probation, meaning restrictions and no intercollegiate athletics.

    Let’s not jump to conclusions on these guys.

  7. bertenheim says: Aug 5, 2012 2:52 PM

    Without any evidence whatsoever, it HAS to be sexual harassment, because that’s the most tantalizing possibility, and because we’re a voyeuristic society. Due process be damned!

  8. latchbeam says: Aug 5, 2012 3:34 PM

    Way to try to pin something on these kids without ANY evidence?! Stay classy posters…

  9. drexelvol says: Aug 5, 2012 11:16 PM

    If it were Spice, they’d be expelled.

  10. raysfan1 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:36 PM

    drexelvol is correct, spice= expulsion.

    Also, while there have been cases of sexual assault at the academies, I dare anyone to find any university anywhere that it has not occurred. Confirmed sexual assault would likely result in court martial and jail time if convicted (such charges were filed against 3 cadets last year).

    Far more likely is not having high enough grades or insufficient military performance.

  11. 35longmiles says: Aug 6, 2012 5:56 AM

    Forgot to make their beds.

  12. dmvtransplant says: Aug 6, 2012 9:52 AM

    @ shotgunchipmunk

    They just kicked their leading rusher out of the Academy for his involvement in a drug ring. Grow up nobody is perfect.

  13. poppyitis says: Aug 6, 2012 1:46 PM

    Do no worry fans, THey will all be in unifom when he season starts.

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