Army looks to ex­tend suc­cess against Navy

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A gen­eral’s pep talk about ac­tual life-and­death bat­tles emerged as a driv­ing force this sea­son for the Army foot­ball team.

In the Army, the gen­eral said, you win or you die.

Far more con­se­quen­tial than brag­ging rights on the foot­ball field, but use­ful for a team that no longer ends its sea­son against Navy.

“It is dra­matic,” team cap­tain Cole Chris­tiansen said. “But I think it’s helped us a lot.”

Chris­tiansen has been part of Army’s turn­around from peren­nial los­ing pro­gram to its lofty sta­tus to­day: ranked in the As­so­ci­ated Press Top 25 for the first time since 1996, on a se­v­engame win­ning streak, headed to a bowl game and a seven-point fa­vorite in Satur­day’s 119th meet­ing against Navy.

The Army-Navy ri­valry has been for years one of the most lop­sided in sports. Navy hooked an an­chor to the Com­man­der-inChief’s Tro­phy with a se­ries-best 14-game win­ning streak from 2002-2015.

The No. 22 Black Knights (9-2) are on Army play­ers and coaches charge the field af­ter de­feat­ing Navy 21-17 on Dec. 10, 2016. Army, which lost 14 straight from 2002-15, will try for its third con­sec­u­tive win over Navy on Satur­day.

top these days, win­ners of two straight in the se­ries headed into Satur­day’s game at Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Field in Philadel­phia. Last sea­son’s game was an in­stant clas­sic: Ben­nett Moehring nar­rowly missed a 48-yard field goal try in the snow on the fi­nal play and Army held off Navy 14-13 to win the CIC Tro­phy for the first time since 1996.

Navy leads 60-51-7.

Ge­or­gia Tech hired Tem­ple coach Ge­off Collins, choos­ing a Ge­or­gia na­tive with a back­ground in

de­fense to re­place Paul Johnson as the Yel­low Jack­ets coach.

Collins, 47, is a for­mer Florida and Mis­sis­sippi State de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and Ge­or­gia Tech as­sis­tant who was 15-10 in two sea­sons at Tem­ple.

Hugh Freeze said the highs of suc­cess, such as win­ning the Su­gar Bowl, and the lows of the scan­dal that cost him his job at Mis­sis­sippi will help him as the coach at Lib­erty.

“I be­lieve in teach­ing young men on our

team all of the lessons of when I got it right and when I got it wrong and what the con­se­quences are,” said Freeze, who was in­tro­duced as Lib­erty’s coach on cam­pus Fri­day.

Freeze re­signed as Mis­sis­sippi coach in 2017 amid a scan­dal in which school of­fi­cials dis­cov­ered a “pat­tern of per­sonal mis­con­duct” start­ing with a call to an es­cort ser­vice from a univer­sity-is­sued cell­phone.

Ole Miss was also mired in an NCAA rules in­ves­ti­ga­tion dur­ing much of his ten­ure that even­tu­ally re­sulted in a two-year post­sea­son ban.

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