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Army Black Knights football
2013 Army Black Knights football team
USMA-BlackKnights-Logo.svg
First season1890
Athletic directorBoo Coorigan
Head coachJeff Monken
1st year, 0–0  (–)
Home stadiumMichie Stadium
Stadium capacity40,000[1]
Stadium surfaceFieldTurf[2]
LocationWest Point, NY
ConferenceIndependent
All-time record642–454–51 (.582)
Postseason bowl record3–2 (.600)
Claimed national titles3 (1944, 1945, 1946)[3]
Heisman winners3
Consensus All-Americans37
Current uniform
Independent-Uniform-Army.png
Colors

Black and Gold

          
Fight songOn Brave Old Army Team
MascotArmy Mule; Black Knight
Marching bandUnited States Military Academy Band
RivalsAir Force Falcons
Navy Midshipmen
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
WebsiteGoArmySports.com
 
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Army Black Knights football
2013 Army Black Knights football team
USMA-BlackKnights-Logo.svg
First season1890
Athletic directorBoo Coorigan
Head coachJeff Monken
1st year, 0–0  (–)
Home stadiumMichie Stadium
Stadium capacity40,000[1]
Stadium surfaceFieldTurf[2]
LocationWest Point, NY
ConferenceIndependent
All-time record642–454–51 (.582)
Postseason bowl record3–2 (.600)
Claimed national titles3 (1944, 1945, 1946)[3]
Heisman winners3
Consensus All-Americans37
Current uniform
Independent-Uniform-Army.png
Colors

Black and Gold

          
Fight songOn Brave Old Army Team
MascotArmy Mule; Black Knight
Marching bandUnited States Military Academy Band
RivalsAir Force Falcons
Navy Midshipmen
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
WebsiteGoArmySports.com

The Army Black Knights football program represents the United States Military Academy. They are one of the few NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision independent schools (not in a conference). Army was recognized as the national champions in 1944, 1945 and 1946.

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur wrote, "Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory."

President of the United States and General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower and General of the Army Omar Bradley were on the 1912 Army football team. Eisenhower was injured and his football career was over by 1913, when the two future generals were juniors. Bradley, a star of the Army baseball team for four years, was on the field in 1913 when Notre Dame upset Army in an historic college football game in which the forward pass was used for the first time. Bradley played end opposite the legendary Knute Rockne, the Notre Dame end who later coached the Irish to national championships before dying in a plane crash near Bazaar, Kansas, on Easter Friday in 1931.

Three players from Army have won the Heisman Trophy: Doc Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946), and Pete Dawkins (1958).[4]

History[edit]

Army football began in 1890, when Navy challenged the cadets to a game of the relatively new sport. Navy defeated Army at West Point that year, but Army avenged the loss in Annapolis the following year.[5] The academies still clash every December in what is traditionally the last regular-season Division I college-football game. The 2012 football season marked Army's eleventh consecutive loss to Navy. From 1944 to 1950, the Cadets had 57 wins, 3 losses and 4 ties. During this time span, Army won three national championships.[6]

Army's football team reached its pinnacle of success under coach Earl Blaik when Army won three consecutive national championships in 1944, 1945 and 1946, and produced three Heisman trophy winners: Doc Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946) and Pete Dawkins (1958).[7] Past NFL coaches Vince Lombardi[8] and Bill Parcells[9] were Army assistant coaches early in their careers.

The football team plays its home games at Michie Stadium, where the playing field is named after Earl Blaik. Cadets' attendance is mandatory at football games and the Corps stands for the duration of the game. At all home games, one of the four regiments marches onto the field in formation before the team takes the field and leads the crowd in traditional Army cheers.[10]

Between the 1998 and 2004 seasons, Army's football program was a member of Conference USA, but has since reverted to its former independent status.[11] West Point competes with Navy and Air Force for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.

Rivalries[edit]

Army-Navy Game[edit]

Main article: Army-Navy Game

The annual contest between the Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy at Annapolis (Navy) is among the most storied rivalries in all of college sports.

Others[edit]

In much of the early 20th century, Army and Notre Dame were considered football powerhouses, and met 21 times between 1925 and 1946.[12] Many media members considered the 1946 contest to be the "Game of the Century".[13] Army and Notre Dame met for the 50th time on November 20, 2010.[12]

Army and Air Force also maintain a rivalry, and the two in addition to Navy, compete for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.

Rutgers[edit]

This rivalry stems from Army and Rutgers being two of the only three programs (a third is Navy) to come out of the original, informal "Ivy League" that are still members of the top tier of NCAA college football (currently Division I-FBS). ("See" Before There Was An Ivy League "and" Ivy League#History of the athletic league.) Army is Rutgers' second oldest active rivalry. Rutgers has won the last seven in a row and 11 of the last 13. The all-time series favors Rutgers, which is winning 19 wins to 18. In 2012, Rutgers won this game 28–7.

Logos and uniforms[edit]

Army's uniforms worn from 2004 to 2007 and in 2009
Army wore a gray uniform for the 2010 Army-Air Force game
Army's uniforms worn in 2008

National Championships[edit]

YearCoachSelectorRecord
1944Earl BlaikAssociated Press9–0
1945Earl BlaikAssociated Press9–0
1946Earl BlaikHelms Athletic Foundation9–0–1

Bowl Games[edit]

SeasonBowlDateOpponentResult
1984Cherry BowlDecember 22, 1984Michigan StateW 10–6
1985Peach BowlDecember 31, 1985IllinoisW 31–29
1988Sun BowlDecember 24, 1988AlabamaL 28–29
1996Independence BowlDecember 31, 1996AuburnL 29–32
2010Armed Forces BowlDecember 30, 2010SMUW 16–14

College Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Seasons[edit]

YearCoachOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
1890Dennis Michie0–1
1891Dr. Harry Williams4–1–1
1892Dennis Michie3–1–1
1893Laurie Bliss4–5
1894Harmon Graves3–2
1895Harmon Graves5–2
1896George Dyer3–2–1
1897Herman Koehler6–1–1
1898Herman Koehler3–2–1
1899Herman Koehler4–5
1900Herman Koehler7–3–1
1901Leon Kromer5–1–2
1902Dennis Nolan6–1–1
1903Edward King6–2–1
1904Robert Boyers7–2
1905Robert Boyers4–4–1
1906Henry Smither
Ernest Graves
3–5–1
1907Henry Smither6–2–1
1908Harry Nelly6–1–2
1909Harry Nelly3–2
1910Harry Nelly6–2
1911Joseph Beacham6–1–1
1912Ernest Graves5–3
1913Charles Daly8–1
1914Charles Daly9–0
1915Charles Daly5–3–1
1916Charles Daly9–0
1917Geoffrey Keyes7–1
1918Hugh Mitchell1–0
1919Charles Daly6–3
1920Charles Daly7–2
1921Charles Daly6–4
1922Charles Daly8–0–2
1923John McEwan6–2–1
1924John McEwan5–1–2
1925John McEwan7–2
1926Biff Jones7–1–1
1927Biff Jones9–1
1928Biff Jones8–2
1929Biff Jones6–4–1
1930Ralph Sasse9–1–1
1931Ralph Sasse8–2–1
1932Ralph Sasse8–2
1933Gar Davidson9–1
1934Gar Davidson7–3
1935Gar Davidson6–2–1
1936Gar Davidson6–3
1937Gar Davidson7–2
1938William Wood8–2
1939William Wood3–4–2
1940William Wood1–7–1
1941Earl Blaik5–3–1
1942Earl Blaik6–3
1943Earl Blaik7–2–1
1944Earl Blaik9–0
1945Earl Blaik9–0
1946Earl Blaik9–0–1
1947Earl Blaik5–2–2
1948Earl Blaik8–0–1
1949Earl Blaik9–0
1950Earl Blaik8–1
1951Earl Blaik2–7
1952Earl Blaik4–4–1
1953Earl Blaik7–1–1
1954Earl Blaik7–2
1955Earl Blaik6–3
1956Earl Blaik5–3–1
1957Earl Blaik7–2
1958Earl Blaik8–0–1
1959Dale Hall4–4–1
1960Dale Hall6–3–1
1961Dale Hall6–4
1962Paul Dietzel6–4
1963Paul Dietzel7–3
1964Paul Dietzel4–6
1965Paul Dietzel4–5–1
1966Tom Cahill8–2
1967Tom Cahill8–2
1968Tom Cahill7–3
1969Tom Cahill4–5–1
1970Tom Cahill1–9–1
1971Tom Cahill6–4
1972Tom Cahill6–4
1973Tom Cahill0–10
1974Homer Smith3–8
1975Homer Smith2–9
1976Homer Smith5–6
1977Homer Smith7–4
1978Homer Smith4–6–1
1979Lou Saban2–8–1
1980Ed Cavanaugh3–7–1
1981Ed Cavanugh3–7–1
1982Ed Cavanaugh4–7
1983Jim Young2–9
1984Jim Young8–3–1
1985Jim Young9–3
1986Jim Young6–5
1987Jim Young5–6
1988Jim Young9–3
1989Jim Young6–5
1990Jim Young6–5
1991Bob Sutton4–7
1992Bob Sutton5–6
1993Bob Sutton6–5
1994Bob Sutton4–7
1995Bob Sutton5–5–1
1996Bob Sutton10–2
1997Bob Sutton4–7
1998Bob Sutton3–8
1999Bob Sutton3–8
2000Todd Berry1–10
2001Todd Berry3–8
2002Todd Berry1–11
2003Todd Berry
John Mumford
0–13
2004Bobby Ross2–9
2005Bobby Ross4–7
2006Bobby Ross3–9
2007Stan Brock3–9
2008Stan Brock3–9
2009Rich Ellerson5–7
2010Rich Ellerson7–6
2011Rich Ellerson3–9
2012Rich Ellerson2–10
2013Rich Ellerson3–9
Total:654–481–51
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

[14]

Coaches[edit]

CoachYears#YearsGamesWonLostTiedPct.
Dennis M. Michie1890–189226321.583
Dr. Harry Williams188916411.750
Laurence T. Bliss189319450.444
Harmon S. Graves1894–1895212840.667
George P. Dyer189616321.583
Herman J. Koehler1897–190043420113.632
Leon B. Kromer190118512.750
Dennis E. Nolan190218611.812
Edward L. King190319621.722
Robert E. Boyers1904–19052181161.639
Henry C. Smither1906–1907210721.750
Ernest Graves, Sr.1906–1912216781.469
Harry Nelly1908–19103221552.727
Joseph Beacham191118611.812
Charles Dudley Daly1913–192287458133.804
Geoffrey Keyes191718710.875
Hugh Mitchell (American football)1918111001.000
John McEwan1923–19253261853.750
Biff Jones (Lawrence M. "Biff" Jones)1926–19294403082.775
Ralph Sasse1930–19323322552.812
Garrison H. Davidson ("Gar")1933–193754735111.755
William H. Wood1938–194032812133.482
Earl Blaik ("Red")1941–1958181641213310.768
Dale Hall1959–196132916112.586
Paul Dietzel1962–196544021181.537
Tom Cahill (American football)1966–197388140392.506
Homer Smith (American football)1974–197855521331.391
Lou Saban1979111281.227
Ed Cavanaugh1980–198233310212.333
Jim Young (American football coach)1983–199089151391.566
Bob Sutton1991–1999910044551.445
Todd Berry2000–20034415360.122
John Mumford200316060.000
Bobby Ross2004–20063349250.265
Stan Brock2006–20082246180.250
Rich EllersonPresent22211120.478
Total (36 coaches)121114664245351.582

Award winners[edit]

Doc Blanchard – 1945
Glenn Davis – 1946
Pete Dawkins – 1958
Earl Blaik – 1946
Tom Cahill – 1966
Tom Cahill – 1966
Bob Sutton – 1996
Glenn Davis – 1944
Doc Blanchard – 1945
Pete Dawkins – 1958
Joe Steffy – 1947
Andrew Rodriguez – 2011
Andrew Rodriguez – 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.goarmysports.com
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Heisman Winners". The Heisman Trophy. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Ambrose (1966), pp. 305–306.
  6. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.135, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  7. ^ "Trophy Winners". The Heisman Trophy. Retrieved 31 December 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Biography". Official Website of Vince Lombardi. Archived from the original on 30 December 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2008. [dead link]
  9. ^ Biggane, Brian (15 November 2008). "Bill Parcells is Dolphins' Godfather". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
  10. ^ Palka (2008), p. 197.
  11. ^ "Army Football to Leave Conference USA After 2004 Season". The Official Website of Conference USA. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  12. ^ a b Notre Dame-Army Rivalry Renews in 2010 As First Football Game at Yankee Stadium, University of Notre Dame, retrieved August 26, 2010.
  13. ^ Boston College Even with Irish in Yardage, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 13, 1946.
  14. ^ 2013 Army football media guide. Retrieved 2013-Oct-15.

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