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Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman suspended after Wake Forest investigation

Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman has been suspended two weeks and fined him $25,000 by West Point as a result of an academy investigation that revealed the three-year assistant was involved in mishandling information about the Wake Forest football program, the academy said in a news release Tuesday. Army is the third team to be [...]

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Spencer returns as offensive line coach

Army has filled its opening for an offensive line coach with a familiar face. Todd Spencer has been hired by Jeff Monken to replace Bod Bodine, who left for Georgia Southern in late December. Spencer coached Army’s offensive line in 2013 and 2015. He didn’t coach in 2014 due to undisclosed reasons. He’s considered one [...]

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Notebook: Spring practice opens March 21, staff update

Army will kick off spring practice on March 21, about 10 days earlier than last year. Why is coach Jeff Monken moving up the start of the spring sessions? “Last year, we pushed it back and we wanted to get a really nice day for a spring game and we did,” Monken said. “It was [...]

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Signing Day wrap

Army’s 2017 recruiting class is at 95 players (updated), by my count, after Signing Day. The class represents 19 states and the District of Columbia. Georgia and Texas are tied for the most commits with 15 players each. Army made a late push in California, receiving commitments from Chico fullback DJ Miller, Kimball running back/linebacker [...]

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Recruiting: 3-star RB Gear commits on Signing Day Eve

Trevor Gear’s questions about West Point were answered by an honest voice during his official visit two weekends ago. Gear, a running back from Eagle’s Christian Landing Academy (Ga.), was showed around post by player host Joe Walker. Walker, a senior slotback, is an Eagle’s Christian Landing alum. “He gave me a good look on [...]

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Recruiting: Army adds Shoffner to QB mix, Frazier, Harrar commit

Dominique Shoffner attended Army football banquet Saturday with other recruits taking their official visit over the weekend. Army coach Jeff Monken said a few words about each senior, who were presented their varsity letters and a framed jersey. In four years, Shoffner hopes to receive his frame jersey as an Army senior. Shoffner, a quarterback [...]

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ShaDon Brown takes Colorado position

ShaDon Brown’s stint as Army’s cornerbacks coach was a short one. Adam Rittenberg reported Saturday that Brown has taken a position as defensive backs for Colorado of the Pac-12 Conference after just one season at Army. Brown changed his Twitter profile Sunday to reflect the move. That makes three Army assistants, who have left [...]

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2017 Football banquet: King MVP

Senior linebacker Andrew King earned four awards, including the team’s most valuable player through a vote of his peers, at the Army football banquet. King received the Black Lion award, which is given to the player that best represents the character of former Army football player Don Holleder, who was killed in action. He also [...]

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Gaither exits Army for Temple

Army wide receivers coach Keith Gaither has left West Point to take the same position at Temple. Temple released the hiring of Gaither, who spent the last two seasons at Army, Monday afternoon. Gaither changed information on his Twitter profile to, “WR Coach at Temple.” Under Gaither’s watch, Edgar Poe developed into a downfield, game-breaking [...]

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Recruiting: Florida lineman Willoughby key addition to 2017 class

Army was high on Kenny Willoughby’s college list before he took his official visit over the weekend. Willoughby’s first trip to West Point sealed his decision. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Florida offensive lineman arrived Friday and gave Army his verbal commitment Saturday morning. “After the visit this weekend, my whole perspective changed,” Willoughby said. “The biggest [...]

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    Award-winning writer Sal Interdonato has been on the Army football beat since 2007. He'll take you inside the huddle and into the lives of the Black Knights. Read Full
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