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Around the Base: Army, Navy, Air Force links – 9/18/20

Navy plays against Tulane this weekend. Also, a sprint football series is scheduled between the Mids and Black Knights.

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NCAA Football: Brigham Young at Navy Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Army and Navy announced late last week that they will play a home-and-home series against each other this fall in sprint football. The game at West Point will be on Oct. 4 at 1 p.m., while the game in Annapolis will be played on Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. The latter game will count for the Star Series. Army beat Navy in the Collegiate Sprint Football League title game at Franklin Field in Philadelphia last year.

Onto the links…


Army

Feinstein’s Findings: A Tale of 2-0 (John Feinstein, GoArmyWestPoint.com)

Szczesniak savors season with Army football squad (Tim O’Brien, The Beverly Review)

His dad is synonymous with Tulsa football, but Army commit Owen Ostroski wasn’t recruited by TU (Ill Haisten, Tulsa World)

Buchanan is Army’s ‘Human Wrecking Ball’ (Ken McMillan, Times Herald-Record)

A few Army notes…

  • Senior linebacker Jon Rhattigan made Pro Football Focus’ list of five players who look set for a big breakout after week two. Rhattigan earned PFF grades above 90 in both of Army’s wins so far this season.
  • Senior linebacker Amadeo West was added to the watchlist for the Lott Trophy.
  • U.S. Lacrosse’s early rankings have the Army men tabbed as No. 16 in the nation.

Navy

Navy football coach rips Pentagon for Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series, then apologizes (ESPN)

Feeling a ‘void’ in his life, lacrosse recruit Johnny Hodges switched gears, joined Navy football team (Bill Wagner, Capital Gazette)

Tulane Prepares for a Nautical Showdown on ABC (Fear the Wave)

A few Navy notes…

  • The American Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Virtual Care for Families regarding COVID-19 antigen testing for its member institutions on the day prior to competition for football student-athletes, coaches and support staff. The testing program utilizes a rapid COVID testing program which allows for 15-minute results and is designed for group testing capabilities. The Conference has administered the Antigen test since the beginning of the season on an experimental basis and now will be working with Virtual Care for Families for the entire season.

Air Force

Mountain West opens door for possible return of football (Kevin Lytle, Fort Collins Coloradoan)

Air Force stays silent as report suggests it wouldn’t join Mountain West in fall football restart (Brent Briggeman, The Gazette)

A few Air Force notes…

  • Shondell Reed has been named associate athletic director at Air Force, according to an announcement from Director of Athletics Nathan Pine. Reed comes to Colorado Springs from the University of Washington where he was senior associate athletic director. Reed will be the men’s basketball administrator in addition to other duties when he begins on Oct. 12.

Elsewhere in sports and the military…

Pittsburgh Steeler, former Army Ranger pays tribute to Iraq War hero with helmet (J.D. Simkins, Military Times)

  • Citadel linebacker Willie Eubanks III on his decision to play this season: “It really was not a hard decision for me. I told my parents I wanted to play, my coaches, everybody around me. It wasn’t too much of a decision to think about.” At the Post & Courier, Jeff Hartsell has more on the All-American and the Bulldogs’ upcoming game vs. Clemson. For Eubanks, an NFL prospect, this is a showcase game of sorts.