Armed Forces Bowl notebook

ESPNDallas.com reported Tuesday night that SMU coach June Jones recently met with Maryland officials to discuss the Terps’ head coach opening. Kevin Anderson, Army’s former athletic director, heads Maryland’s athletic department, which would have made for an interesting pairing. But Jones has removed his name for consideration.

“That wasn’t the first time this year (that he was contacted for another job), and probably not going to be the last time when I’m at SMU,” Jones said. “I’m committed to being here.  My concentration has totally been on this football game.  I’m probably like Rich (Ellerson, Army’s coach), up at 4 in the morning today, go to bed late at night totally focused on what you’re doing. That’s part of the business we’re in right now.  I’m pleased and happy with where I am.  I made a commitment to my kids.  That’s why I’m here.”

Sophomore quarterback Trent Steelman isn’t only looking to send Army seniors out with a win. Steelman says a win over SMU could carry over to spring practice in mid-February.

“When you leave with a win and a good taste in your mouth, it brings that much intensity to the offseason and you are going to find people that what to step up to spark this team and give us an even better record,” Steelman said.

CSI: NY actor Gary Sinise and his Lieutenant Dan Band will perform a free concert after the game Thursday. The band has played at West Point’s Eisenhower Hall.

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