PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Trent Steelman walked off the field, about ready to burst into tears.
Army should act
Add in the fact that Navy has out-recruited Army the past two years and so far the current crop of Navy commits looks far superior to Army's.
The administration should act now or soon new plebes entering the academy will have never seen an Army victory over Navy in their lifetimes. That's only about seven years away folks.
For one, the admin needs to take a hard look at Rich Ellerson and his staff. Are they getting the job done or are they just slick talkers? You have to respect Ellerson for his admiration of the Corps of Cadets and embracement of the ideals and mission of the academy. But come on, he is the CEO of the football team and has failed to develop this team.
In year four things should be coming together nicely for a team. A coach has four years of his recruited players in the system and they've had ample time to learn his schemes. Unless I'm missing something here, maybe there's a stud savior player on the way, 2-10 in Ellerson's fourth year and 0-4 versus Navy just does not cut it.
Army should also consider moving the Army-Navy Game to Michie Stadium in the years that Army is the home team. This would help the team in several areas. For one it would help increase season tickets sales. Other than a small allotment that would go to Navy, Army should make Army-Navy tickets only available to season ticket holders.
Even though Army struggled at home this season, it did pull off an upset win over Boston College at Michie. They also dominated Air Force in Michie, a team Navy barely beat in Falcon Stadium. A true home field advantage should give Army a better chance to end this horrible losing streak to the Mids. We'll never know what would have happened if Army had played Navy at Michie yesterday.
For years Auburn and Alabama played in Birmingham but in the late 1980s Auburn realized it had a better chance to beat Bama on its home field with 90 percent of the crowd cheering for the Tigers. Since making that move Auburn has a winning record versus the Tide at Auburn. Navy will likely not be pleased with this arrangement and might even opt to move their home games to Annapolis and that's fine.
Moving the game to Michie would also help Army showcase its beautiful pristine campus to millions of viewers including football prospects. Sure there may be some monetary losses in moving the game to Michie but the continued lack of a victory in this rivalry game by Army will destroy the value of the game itself. Army can always later elect to move its home games back to Philly.
West Point forces the over the 3,000 strong Corps of Cadets to sit through these football games. We owe it to these future American warriors, some who will eventually give their lives for their country, a more quality, enjoyable way to spend their Saturdays in December.
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