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I am assembling a virtual collection of Army football paraphernalia, especially related to the Army-Navy Game. Click here to go to my virtual collection of tickets, programs, and lots of other stuff.
I'm obviously biased, but I think that the official Army Football Home Page is the best official home page in all of college football. It was named "1997 Internet Presentation of the Year" by the writing committee of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). I think you'll find that it has more information than most official pages. Going to West Point for a game? Got your ticket? Want to see where you'll be sitting? Then check out the Michie Stadium seating chart. You can click on the seating chart to see the view from each section. USMA Cadets "sit" in sections 13 - 17-- they actually stand through the whole game, so if you're behind them, be prepared to stand up for a long time. The feeling that West Point is the best place to watch college football is one held not only by Army football fans, but by fans of many other schools as well. One example is Loran Smith, the Executive Secretary of the Georgia Bulldog Club. He wrote an opinion article for the Athens (GA) newspapers titled "West Point Prime Spot for Weekend of College Football"
The Augusta Chronicle established a point system in an attempt to find an objective answer to the question of what school has the most football tradition. They used five areas for scoring, and Army came in at number 19. The "Top 25 Tradition Schools" and an explanation of the point system can be found on the Unofficial Oklahoma Football Page. The official Army football page also has a page about Army's football history.
The Army-Navy Football Rivalry
|Many people consider Army-Navy to be the greatest rivalry in college football. One of those people is John Feinstein, best-selling author of several books about sports including college basketball, golf, and college football. He wrote a book about the Army-Navy football rivalry called A CivilWar: A Year Inside College Football's Purest Rivalrywhich was published in 1996. |
- an article about the book and a review can be found at ESPN SportsZone
- Feinstein was interviewed about the book by
- Felix "Doc" Blanchard (1945 winner) and Glenn Davis (1946) are the only two Heisman winners to play in the same backfield together. Army's third Heisman winner is Pete Dawkins, who won the trophy in 1958. Dawkins is also a Rhodes Scholar, the only Heisman winner who can claim that distinction. Only Notre Dame (7), Ohio State (6), and Southern California (4) have had more players win the Heisman Trophy (Charles Woodson is the third player from Michigan to win it). Navy's two Heisman winners are Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963).
Did you know that the first televised instant replay of a play in a football game was in an Army-Navy game? In 1963, Army QB Frank Stichweh's fourth quarter touchdown against Navy was the play. Coincidentally, Tony Verna, who directed that day's telecast, attended West Point for a while (he was in the Class of 1955). The Dallas Morning News did a story about it called "Do Not Adjust Your Set!" Another interesting tidbit about Army Football history: Vince Lombardi was an assistant under Earl "Red" Blaik from 1949-1953. Other Army coaches and assistant coaches you may have heard of include
- Dawkins and Bellino talked about the rivalry and took questions on ESPN SportsZone before the 1996 game
- The game is only part of the story. The cadets and midshipmen know that there are more important things in life. A Washington Post story shows this quite well.
Twenty-five players and coaches affiliated with Army are in the College Football Hall of Fame. Henry Lane Williams, coach at Army and Minnesota, and Charles Dudley Daly, quarterback at Harvard and Army, were the first two inductees with Army affiliations. They were inducted in 1951. The most recent inductee with ties to Army was former head coach Jim Young, elected in 1999. Other notable inductees with Army ties include Earl "Red" Blaik, Felix "Doc"/"Mr. Inside" Blanchard, Glenn "Mr. Outside" Davis, William "The Lonely End" Carpenter, and Pete Dawkins. Click here, type Army in the "College or University" box, and then click the "List Members" button to see the names of all Army-affiliated inductees.
- Earl "Red" Blaik -- head coach 1941-1958; enshrined in the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1964
- Jim Young -- head coach 1983-90; recently elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, brought the wishbone to Army; Arizona head coach 1974-76; Purdue head coach 1977-81 (three straight bowl victories 1978-80)
- Homer Smith -- head coach 1974-78; also served as an assistant coach at Air Force 1961-64?; has served as offensive coordinator at UCLA and Alabama; since 1996, he has been at Arizona serving as Offensive Coordinator and QB/WR coach
- Frank Gansz -- offensive coordinator, 1974; Naval Academy graduate (1961); also served as an assistant coach at Air Force 1964-66 and Navy 1969-72; Kansas City Chiefs head coach 1987-88; currently (1997-8) with the St. Louis Rams as Special Teams Coach/Offensive Assistant
- Sid Gillman -- line coach, 1948
- John Mackovic -- offensive backs coach, 1971-72; Wake Forest head coach 1978-80; Kansas City Chiefs head coach 1983-86; Illinois head coach 1988-91;Texas head coach 1992-97
- Bill Parcells -- defensive interior coach 1967-69; Air Force head coach 1978; New York Giants head coach 1983-91 (won two Super Bowls); New England Patriots head coach 1993-1996 (led Pats to Super Bowl, lost to Green Bay); New York Jets head coach 1997-present
- Murray Warmath -- line coach 1949-51; Minnesota head coach 1954-1971 (National Championship in 1960)