Interview: Army AD Boo Corrigan

Spoke with Army athletic director Boo Corrigan on a number of topics including the football team’s 2-9 record, coach Rich Ellerson’s future and the changing college football landscape Tuesday

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Here is the complete interview:

On the college football landscape and if moves by Boston College and Rutgers to the Big 10 will affect Army
“Eighteen months ago, it seemed like everything was settled. Now clearly, it’s unsettled. That being said, we are still comfortable where we are. We are evaluating all the moves that are going on but we really like where we are. We are concentrating on what we can do to be the best Army football team, specifically that we can be. We love the Patriot League. We are not leaving the Patriot League. From a football standpoint, we have to do all we can to get Army football as healthy as we can.”

On if he was surprised by Maryland’s move to the Big Ten
“I’m shocked. You have to understand the history that my family has with the ACC (his father Gene was the league’s commissioner from 1987 to 1997). Maryland is one of the founding members of the ACC. From that standpoint, I’m absolutely shocked.”

On if he’s looking to move around games and make Army future schedules a little more friendly
“We are constantly evaluating every aspect of our program. Could that be part of it? Sure. Those neutral-site games that we are scheduled to play. What we like is our fans want Army football at Michie Stadium. That’s a big part of what it is. I did learn this year that maybe seven games is too many home games and the stress on the system at West Point that may be too many. I can assure you we are never playing four (home games in a season) again.”

On if he’s specifically talking about games at Yankee Stadium when he refers to neutral-site games
“No. Whatever it is to put the young men in the program in the right situation. I think that’s what we are trying to do more than anything else, is to get this as healthy as we can from an administrative side, to do everything we can to help them.”

On how he feels about the team’s 2-9 record
“I think it (stinks). There’s no other way to feel about it. I love the young people we have and what they are doing. We’ve proven that we can play. I think it’s just the consistency of what it is and who it is and just continuing to grow.”

On if he still believes in coach Rich Ellerson
“Yes, 100 percent. I’m behind him and with him. We’ve tweaked and we’ve gone to morning practices and we’ve tried different things. It’s an ever-evolving place. The one constant at West Point is change. You get a new commandant. You get a new BTO (Brigade Tactical Officer). You get new tactical officers. It’s an ever-changing environment. But, it’s been that way for 210 years. I’m not trying to change the system but we’ve got to find our niche.”

On if there are still more tweaks out there
“Possibly. I don’t know. I don’t know what it is. I know once again as we did last year we are going to sit down and look at every aspect of the program and see what the best thing is.”

On what winning the Commander in Chief’s Trophy against Navy on Dec. 8 would do for the program
“It (would be) huge, absolutely massive. You win three games. Navy is really, really good and we have a really tough opponent. I’d like to think that we are going to give them all that we’ve got too. When we give people what we’ve got, we are OK.”

On if a win over Navy would be the turning point for the program
“To be honest, I’m excited for the entire academy if we win that game. How about the excitement level when we beat Air Force (in November). That’s a pretty great day. It’s a great day to be a cadet. It’s a great day to be a graduate. It’s a great day to be a fan, who has never been here before. You get to see what Michie Stadium is like on that day. That’s it, man. That’s it. Now what do we do to replicate that.”

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