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Back to basics...and it starts with recruiting

Posted: 12/31/2012 6:21 PM

Back to basics...and it starts with recruiting 


Happy New Year Falcon Fans!!!!

2012 is behind us and for Falcon Football a year of problems on and off the field. Time for TC and staff to flash back to the point six years ago when they arrived and injected a new energy and enthusiasm into a struggling program. That luster has worn off and there needs to be a return to the basics of football 101. On and off the field of play.

This program needs to reteach tackling, ball security, blocking, toughness, and yes character.

Coaches need to look for on field talent and off field quality young men of virtuous character. The majority are being smeared by the indiscretions of the few. Sexual assault, smoking spice, aptitude/conduct probation, courtmartials, etc are taking away from the program.

Recruit great officer candidates first who just happen to be able to play football at the D1 level and understand that it is a privilege to do so. Not the other way around. Back to basics. If you can't do it the right way, have the pride to drop down to FCS (D-1AA). The Class of 2016 only had 1050 cadets admitted. D-1 football players are getting much bigger , much stronger, and much faster. I think we still can compete, but not at the expense of "building leaders of character for the nation". Budget cuts are coming. Fewer "blue chips" will be admitted. Losing them to failures of character will destroy the program. Football is a privilege at Air Force and not a right. Look beyond the talent and look at the whole candidate. Have the courage to say NO to that young man who has a few issues of questionable character in high school. The Academy is not an institution of rehabilitation. It's an institution of officer development.

These young men need to take care of and look out for each other, not cover for each other, on and off the field. The "brotherhood" needs to be reemphasized by the 10 coaches on the staff who are graduates. When they all come together for one another, good things will happen. Lets bring Falcon football to a place in 2013 where all we talk about are X's and O's and ........wins.

Last edited 12/31/2012 7:46 PM by FalconA

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Posted: 12/31/2012 7:57 PM

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FalconA wrote: Happy New Year Falcon Fans!!!!

2012 is behind us and for Falcon Football a year of problems on and off the field. Time for TC and staff to flash back to the point six years ago when they arrived and injected a new energy and enthusiasm into a struggling program. That luster has worn off and there needs to be a return to the basics of football 101. On and off the field of play.

This program needs to reteach tackling, ball security, blocking, toughness, and yes character.

Coaches need to look for on field talent and off field quality young men of virtuous character. The majority are being smeared by the indiscretions of the few. Sexual assault, smoking spice, aptitude/conduct probation, courtmartials, etc are taking away from the program.

Recruit great officer candidates first who just happen to be able to play football at the D1 level and understand that it is a privilege to do so. Not the other way around. Back to basics. If you can't do it the right way, have the pride to drop down to FCS (D-1AA). The Class of 2016 only had 1050 cadets admitted. D-1 football players are getting much bigger , much stronger, and much faster. I think we still can compete, but not at the expense of "building leaders of character for the nation". Budget cuts are coming. Fewer "blue chips" will be admitted. Losing them to failures of character will destroy the program. Football is a privilege at Air Force and not a right. Look beyond the talent and look at the whole candidate. Have the courage to say NO to that young man who has a few issues of questionable character in high school. The Academy is not an institution of rehabilitation. It's an institution of officer development.

These young men need to take care of and look out for each other, not cover for each other, on and off the field. The "brotherhood" needs to be reemphasized by the 10 coaches on the staff who are graduates. When they all come together for one another, good things will happen. Lets bring Falcon football to a place in 2013 where all we talk about are X's and O's and ........wins.

I'm curious... does anyone know what percentage of the incoming class is made up of football recruits?  I guess I could look at the roster and that might give me a half-a$$ proxy.

The decline in incoming class size has lots to do with it.  And this next year's 2017 will be just as bad if not worse I think.
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Posted: 12/31/2012 8:10 PM

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Calhoun was told when he took the job that he would have to "do more with less". That said, I believe he gets no more than 45-50 appointees identified as "football recruits". That would include the appointees from the Prep School.

Of the number whatever it is, he probably gets 25 or so identified as "blue chips" meaning they are given preferential treatment in the admissions process.

Last edited 12/31/2012 8:12 PM by FalconA

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Posted: 12/31/2012 8:22 PM

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FalconA wrote: Calhoun was told when he took the job that he would have to "do more with less". That said, I believe he gets no more than 45-50 appointees identified as "football recruits". That would include the appointees from the Prep School.

Of the number whatever it is, he probably gets 25 or so identified as "blue chips" meaning they are given preferential treatment in the admissions process.

so he get's 50 or so new freshman to the hill each year and another 100 to P-school?  am i understanding these numbers right?
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Posted: 12/31/2012 8:26 PM

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Don't think it's anywhere close to 100 at the P-School. Maybe 50-60 if that. Suffice it to say that when the Blue Chips get kicked out or kicked off the team it hurts big time.
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Posted: 12/31/2012 8:40 PM

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FalconA wrote: Don't think it's anywhere close to 100 at the P-School. Maybe 50-60 if that. Suffice it to say that when the Blue Chips get kicked out or kicked off the team it hurts big time.
I'm gonna do a better job trying to keep up with our pipeline.  I need to get out to see a few prep school games this year.
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Posted: 12/31/2012 8:47 PM

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FWIW, the Preppies have no commitment to AF football and can leave for any other program. For example, Iowa's leading rusher this year was a former AF Preppie. We also have a Vandy transfer in the program who was injured all this year.
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Posted: 12/31/2012 9:40 PM

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FalconA wrote: FWIW, the Preppies have no commitment to AF football and can leave for any other program. For example, Iowa's leading rusher this year was a former AF Preppie. We also have a Vandy transfer in the program who was injured all this year.
Yea i am pretty familiar with it... I'm an "A Squad" preppie.  U?
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Posted: 12/31/2012 9:40 PM

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I like what you have to say here A and will add a few thoughts:

1. There needs to be a return to play for performance i.e. if your starter isn't producing you have pull him and if necessary play a manager, but don't allow him to feel comfortable in p_ss poor performance

2. Wearing the Bolts is a unique honor delivered to those who cherish the traditions of Falcon football that includes complete dedication to the team and the institution it represents.

Mike



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--- FalconA wrote:

Happy New Year Falcon Fans!!!!

2012 is behind us and for Falcon Football a year of problems on and off the field. Time for TC and staff to flash back to the point six years ago when they arrived and injected a new energy and enthusiasm into a struggling program. That luster has worn off and there needs to be a return to the basics of football 101. On and off the field of play.

This program needs to reteach tackling, ball security, blocking, toughness, and yes character.

Coaches need to look for on field talent and off field quality young men of virtuous character. The majority are being smeared by the indiscretions of the few. Sexual assault, smoking spice, aptitude/conduct probation, courtmartials, etc are taking away from the program.

Recruit great officer candidates first who just happen to be able to play football at the D1 level and understand that it is a privilege to do so. Not the other way around. Back to basics. If you can't do it the right way, have the pride to drop down to FCS (D-1AA). The Class of 2016 only had 1050 cadets admitted. D-1 football players are getting much bigger , much stronger, and much faster. I think we still can compete, but not at the expense of "building leaders of character for the nation". Budget cuts are coming. Fewer "blue chips" will be admitted. Losing them to failures of character will destroy the program. Football is a privilege at Air Force and not a right. Look beyond the talent and look at the whole candidate. Have the courage to say NO to that young man who has a few issues of questionable character in high school. The Academy is not an institution of rehabilitation. It's an institution of officer development.

These young men need to take care of and look out for each other, not cover for each other, on and off the field. The "brotherhood" needs to be reemphasized by the 10 coaches on the staff who are graduates. When they all come together for one another, good things will happen. Lets bring Falcon football to a place in 2013 where all we talk about are X's and O's and ........wins.

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Posted: 12/31/2012 11:57 PM

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Agree with the above Thud.

I just think that where this team is now and from where it has come that everyone associated with Falcon football has to revert back to the basics that made this program successful. The program has to out recruit, out condition, out practice, out hustle, and out coach every opponent just to have a chance to win. What really was disturbing about the 2012 season were the performances against Navy and Army.

I'm not sure I've ever heard TC articulate the goals of the program. I'm not convinced there are any formal goals since TC arrived. DeBerry had defined goals: CIC,Conference, and Bowl game. This team seemed too concerned with NFL dancing and was a collection of individuals more concerned with themselves on TV rather than TEAM. The B-2 uniforms used vs Navy and Rice need to be retired. We're not Oregon. The "flash factor" is nothing short of an unnecessary distraction.

TC and staff have to recruit really really well and be extremely selective. Equally important to their sustained success is retention of those selective recruits. Injuries are the great wildcard and depth will always be an issue for a service academy.

Finally I think it's great that TC has so many grads as assistants on the staff from an empathy standpoint but I have to wonder though how they interact. Has groupthink set in? Are new and fresh ideas needed from outside the mostly all graduate staff? My fear is that complacency has set in or worse a sense of entitlement.

I for one am glad 2012 is behind Falcon football. We need a fresh start. The 2012 season started to go bad with the abrupt and gag-ordered dismissal and non graduation in May of Asher Clark. It was compounded in August with the suspension of the "missing five". Then Senior Devin Durbin was kicked out of the Academy in September and tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident shortly thereafter. For a while there it look like the program was spinning out of control.

That's why I'm challenging all involved with Falcon football to return to the basics as though it was their first season all over again. Here's to a rejuvenated 2013 Falcon team that returns to its winning ways and doing it the Falcon way.

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