A look at the challenges of winning at Air Force, Army and Navy


Good stuff here from SB Nation’s Kevin Trahan, who talked with Troy Calhoun, Jeff Monken and Ken Niumatololo about building programs at the three service academies — Air Force, Army and Navy. Given the height/weight restrictions and difficulty of recruiting, the odds are stacked against these three teams to win. And yet…

— Navy has made a bowl game in 10 of the last 11 years, a stretch which included a 35-13 stomping of Mizzou in the Texas Bowl.

— Navy snapped a 43-game losing streak to Notre Dame in 2007 and has beat them two more times since (and came awfully close in 2013, too).

— Air Force made six consecutive bowl games from 2007-2012 and as recently as 1998 finished in the top 15.

— Army’s been a different story, only making one bowl game (the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl) since the turn of the millennium.

If you ever wondered why the service academies play option football, look no further than the height and weight restrictions — Calhoun said he’s never had a player weight 285 pounds, meaning his offensive line is often dwarfed by opposing defensive lines (and some linebackers, too).

Go check out the article, and Happy Memorial Day to all.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

Associated Press

Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
Associated Press

Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.