Honoring veterans and school volunteers

The upcoming Veteran's Day is a good time to remember one of my favorite stories in my career. I wrote it on U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard in 1992 for the San Diego Union-Tribune. The chance to be in the presence of a Medal of Honor recipient with his medal was inspiring. In 1998,...

Notre Dame history lesson on Army and Navy

Notre Dame returned to South Bend licking wounds from Saturday’s 28-27 loss to Navy in Jacksonville. Now the Irish regroup to play Army on Saturday in San Antonio. The games are a step back in time for more reasons than one.If Notre Dame (3-6) playing Navy (6-2) and Army (5-4) back-to-back sounds...

Brotherhood means more in service academy football

Brotherhood“Brotherhood” is a unity term many college football teams try to foster to account for the difference between a winning and losing season.Some team personalities, though, are unable to grasp the intangible element. At those schools, players throw it around too loosely. And for some...

Ruechell and Air Force linemen ready to roll

Anytime Air Force enters a season with an inexperienced offensive line, it adds to the size disadvantage the Falcons already face in the trenches. Those obstacles confronted Air Force last year following a 2-10 record in 2013.It didn’t matter – the Falcons finished 10-3 with a Famous Idaho Potato...

Robinette is soaring Air Force passing game to rare altitudes

A time-honored test for high school football coaches to find linemen is to watch for nimble feet on big kids playing basketball in gym class.Well, in the era of the spread passing game offense, Air Force’s football coaches took that method to another dimension while they recruited Jalen Robinette...

Former QB provides TE balance for Army West Point

Army West Point opened another fall camp seeking a leader to provide some balance to its triple-option offense. In other words, the Black Knights are again unsettled at quarterback.And it’s no coincidence Army is trying to snap streaks of five years without a winning season or bowl trip – not to...

Walters accepts West Point challenge

Blake Walters’ busy high school career established broad options for a promising college future. He graduated at the top of his class and earned eight varsity letters as a quarterback and pitcher at Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage. The destination he chose is the U.S. Military Academy, although that...

Michigan State homecoming for Air Force coach and father

Air Force assistant football coach John Rudzinski grew up under two strict rules in Green Bay, Wis., before he left home for the Air Force Academy. But the guidelines were unrelated to military academy preparation.His father, former Green Bay Packers and Michigan State linebacker Paul...

Hillside teammates at Navy and JMU give back

DURHAM, N.C. -- Myer Krah and Vad Lee, Durham Hillside teammates and long-time friends, shared a heartfelt desire to pay back their community for a high school experience they say launched their promising futures.Krah, a Navy outside linebacker, and Lee, a James Madison University quarterback,...

Remembering Jerry Coleman on Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is a time to honor those that died serving their country, but the weekend also is a good time to remember Marine Corps pilot Jerry Coleman, the only Major League Baseball veteran to fly combat missions in World War II and Korea.If you're thinking I'm overlooking Ted Williams,...