Army looks to extend success against Navy
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.