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Michigan analyst Nate Woody named DC at Army

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After today, Army football has a new defensive general.

On its Twitter account Thursday, Army announced that Nate Woody has been hired as Jeff Monken’s new defensive coordinator.  Woody replaces John Loose, who the program announced will stay on the coaching staff and has been elevated to assistant head coach.

Loose had just completed his first season as coordinator.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nate Woody to the Army Team,” said Monken in a statement. “Nate is a veteran coach that has led some of the nation’s top defenses year in and year out. Having faced his defenses in the past and seeing the production of his defensive units throughout his career, I am excited to have him leading our men at West Point.”

 

Woody spent the 2019 season as a defensive analyst at Michigan.  Prior to that, he was the coordinator at both Georgia Tech (2018) and Appalachian State (2013-17).  He was also the coordinator at FCS Wofford from 2000-12.

This past season Army football was tied for 41st nationally in scoring defense (23 points per game). They were also 31st in total defense (342.3 yards per game).

Army is coming off its first bowl-less season since 2015.  They also lost to rival Navy in November after winning three in a row.

Army, Navy probe determined hand gestures weren’t racist

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Separate investigations conducted by the Army and Navy have determined that hand gestures prior to the Army-Navy game weren’t racist, the military academies announced Friday.

Last Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, Navy rode a record-breaking performance from Malcolm Perry to roll over Army.  The 31-7 romp snapped a three-game losing streak for the Naval Academy in the rivalry.

However, prior to the game during ESPN‘s College GameDay pregame show, a trio of individuals — two West Point cadets and one Naval Academy midshipman — were seen making a hand sign on the broadcast that some stated had become associated with “white power” or white supremacy groups.

Following the game, officials from both military academies confirmed that they were looking into the situation. In twin press releases Friday, the academies stated that their investigations had determined that there was no racism involved at all; rather, the cadets and midshipman involved were playing “the circle game.

“We are confident the hand gestures used were not intended to be racist in any way,” a statement from Naval Academy superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck began. “However, we are disappointed by the immature behavior of the two Fourth Class Midshipmen, and their actions will be appropriately addressed.”

“We had reason to believe these actions were an innocent game and not linked to extremism, but we must take allegations such as these very seriously,” West Point superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams said in a separate statement. “We are disappointed by the immature behavior of the cadets.”

As far as any type of discipline, the cadets at West Point will receive unspecified “appropriate administrative” measures.  The midshipmen at Annapolis will receive further training as to how “our behavior must be professional at all times and not give cause for others to question our core values of honor, courage and commitment.”

Army, Navy looking into cadets, midshipmen flashing hand sign associated with ‘white power’

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This certainly casts a pall over one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports.

Friday afternoon in Philadelphia, Navy rode a record-breaking performance from Malcolm Perry to roll over Army.  The 31-7 romp snapped a three-game losing streak for the Naval Academy in the rivalry.

However, prior to the game during ESPN‘s College GameDay pregame show, a trio of individuals — two West Point cadets and one Naval Academy midshipman — were seen making a hand sign on the broadcast that could indicate “OK.” That sign of late, though, has also become associated with “white power” as well.

Following the game, officials from both military academies confirmed that they are looking into the situation.

“West Point is looking into it and we do not know the intent of the cadets,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt, director of public affairs, in an email to NBC News.

Cmdr. Alana Garas of the Naval Academy said in an email, “We are aware and will be looking into it.”

Malcolm Perry powers No. 23 Navy past Army in Army-Navy Game

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After three consecutive years of having to endure the agony of singing its alma mater first, No. 23 Navy (10-2, 7-1 AAC) once again beamed with joy and the thrill of victory over rival Army (5-8). Malcolm Perry carried the Midshipmen to a 31-7 victory on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Perry, the game’s MVP, had big runs all game long for Navy as he broke record after record in the Army-Navy Game. Perry set a school record for most rushing yards in a single Army-Navy Game and set the new all-time Navy record for most career rushing yards in the Army-Navy Game after going off for 304 yards and two touchdowns. Perry’s first touchdown run of 55 yards tied the game at 7-7 in the second quarter, and it was all Navy from there.

Army had a 78-yard touchdown drive led by first-time starter Christian Anderson (who became the first Army quarterback to make his first career start in the Army-Navy Game), but Navy out-gained Army from that point 388-70. For the first time in a number of years, Navy looked like the bigger, stronger, and faster team compared to Army, which was a big part of the reason Navy turned a 3-10 season last year into a 10-2 season this year going into the bowl season.

Navy had just one passing yard in the game. It was thrown by wide receiver Chance Warren to fullback Jamale Carothers for a touchdown. Only in the Army-Navy Game does that stuff happen.

The win by Navy also awards the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy to the program, seizing control of the three-team trophy (between Army, Navy and Air Force) from Army for the first time since  2015.

Navy will now enter bowl mode as they prepare for their upcoming bowl game. The Midshipmen will take on Kansas State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 in Memphis, TN. Navy is 5-4 all-time in bowl games under head coach Ken Niumatallo. No head coach has won more bowl games at Navy.

Army will begin its 2020 season on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 at home against Bucknell.

Following pregame speeches from President Trump, Navy leads Army at halftime

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For the second consecutive year, President Donald Trump is taking in the annual Army-Navy Game in person in Philadelphia. And, as is typically the case in this storied rivalry, it’s been a tight contest after 30 minutes of play in Lincoln Financial Field with Navy leading Army 14-7 at halftime.

Army quarterback Christian Anderson became the first quarterback to make his first career start for Army in the Army-Navy Game since T.D. Baker did so in 1979. It sure didn’t take long for the freshman to have an impact. After going three-and-out to open the game, Anderson rattled off a 21-yard gain on the ground on the first play of Army’s second possession. 17 plays later (yes, 17 plays later), Anderson finished off the drive with a five-yard run to the right edge of the field for a touchdown, the first score of the game.

Malcolm Perry provided a jolt to the Navy offense on the second offensive series for the Midshipmen, although in much quicker fashion compared to the lengthy Army drive. Perry took off to the right side and juked a defender en route to a 55-yard touchdown that tied the game up early in the second quarter. The 55-yard touchdown run also moved Perry into first place in the Navy record books for most single-season total offensive yards. He later became Navy’s all-time single-season rushing leader as he continued to rewrite the record books in Annapolis.

Perry provided another juke move in a very similar play on a 44-yard run late in the first half. That run setup the go-ahead score. Naturally, a play similar to the Philly Special run by the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl two seasons ago, Navy took the lead with a fake play that saw receiver Chance Warren complete a pass to fullback Jamale Carothers. It wasn’t exactly a Philly Special, but this gam,e being played in the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, it felt appropriate.

President Trump took a few minutes to address each team in the locker room prior to walking on the field for the national anthem and coin flip. A video message from Trump was also played in the stadium during the pregame routine.

Army has won each of the last three meetings and is looking for a long-awaited four-game winning streak.