No intro this week. Let’s just get into the links, shall we?
- Former Air Force punter Charlie Scott is hoping to continue his collegiate football career. Scott graduate from the academy in April, but has a year of NCAA eligibility remaining and wants to play at Alabama. Scott’s older brother, JK, previously played for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide, and he now plays for the Green Bay Packers. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Scott, a second lieutenant, “applied for an exception to policy to attend graduate school and play football” at Alabama. If approved, he would join Saban’s side as a walk-on graduate transfer. Across 97 boots, Scott held a career punting average of 40.8 yards at Air Force, his longest punt clocking in at 72 yards. Scott also held for field goals at Air Force. He was listed on Alabama’s roster five days ago, assigned No. 85.
- Jordan Jackson, a senior defensive end on the Falcons’ football team, has been named to the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl Top 250 list. Obviously, it’s unclear if the game will even be played. Jackson was an honorable mention All-Mountain West selection a year ago. The 6-foot-5 native of Jacksonville, Florida has 4.5 sacks, three pass deflections and 12.5 tackles-for-loss in 23 career games for Air Force.
- Joe Scott has completed assembling his coaching staff for the Air Force men’s basketball team, bringing aboard Maj. Marc Holum and Cam Griffin as assistant coaches. Holum is a 2006 Air Force graduate and played under Scott in his previous tenure in Colorado Springs. Griffin played for Scott at the University of Denver and briefly played in the NBA’s G-League. Griffin’s past coaching stops include Abilene Christian University and Chipola College.
The best offensive line in all of College Football pic.twitter.com/iktPVevqBG— PFF College (@PFF_College) August 20, 2020
- At the Oklahoman, Barry Tramel points out that rescheduling the Army-Oklahoma game might be difficult. The best chance for a Sooners’ trip to West Point, Tramel concludes, is probably 2027. Army doesn’t have any Power 5 opponents scheduled for that year and Oklahoma has just one non-conference game set – a home meeting with LSU.
- The Black Knights’ Sept. 19 home game vs. BYU will be played at 3:30 p.m. EST and be aired on CBS. Army will play its return game in Provo, Utah in 2032.
- Army picked up commitments recently from running back Zaire Scotland and corner Justin Weaver.
- Phil Marks has joined the Army baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach. He previously worked with the Detroit Tigers.
Massaro also says that Army will be making a trip to Murfreesboro sometime in the near future.— Joe Spears (@joe_spears7) August 13, 2020
He also says that West Point is working with the state government office and federal government on allowing for an exception to let MTSU into the state.
- There will be no fans allowed at the Navy vs. BYU game on Sept. 7 in Annapolis. Naval Academy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement: “In our judgment, fans in the stands, even socially distanced and with a wide-array of protocols in place, still present a concerning risk for COVID transmission. We are still optimistic there will be home football games this season where our season ticket holders will be extended the opportunity to personally attend.”
- Cornerback Cameron Kinley was recently appointed president of the senior class at the Naval Academy. Bill Wagner has a terrific read on Kinley, who, as he writes, “is out to prove there is more to Navy football players than meets the eye.”
- Also at the Capital Gazette, Wagner provides us with an obit of Pat Donnelly, one of the best two-sport athletes in Navy history.
- One more thing from Wagner at the Capital Gazette. Here’s what Ken Niumatalolo had to say about his rivals’ schedules this season:
“Who are Air Force and Army playing? They practice four months to get ready for us? All the while, we’re getting beat up in other games? … I don’t know if it’s in our best interest to play Air Force… When we play for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, who has the leg up? A team that sits around and waits?”
- From Irish Illustrated: ACC Inclusion or Playing Navy? ND Couldn’t Have It Both Ways
“Navy could not have been a better partner in discussions and exploring different possibilities,” Swarbrick said. “But at the end of the day, we felt strongly that having joined the conference for the season, we were obligated to follow all the rules of the conference for the season.”