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For Army's Ellerson, Mission Comes First

For Army's Ellerson, Mission Comes First

Coaching at a service academy is no walk in the park. Considering the constraints of strict academic standards, a limited pool of willing-to-attend recruits, and grueling summer training schedules that can sap players' conditioning, it's no wonder that an institution like West Point has found winning so elusive over the past decade.

Still, schools such as Navy and Air Force have found success on the football field in recent years, leading many of the so called "experts" to revisit the once popularized myth that service academy football teams would be forever constrained by their strict military and academic standards. And while coaches and records have changed, the presence of those standards – with several minor exceptions...

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