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Agent: Air Force OLB Ryan Watson gets tryout with Cardinals after military policy shift

Air Force outside linebacker Ryan Watson had an agreement. But for now, he’ll settle for a rookie minicamp invite. According to his agent Justin VanFulpen, Watson reached an agreement with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent after the draft, but the sides pulled the plug after the U.S. Department of Defense rescinded its 2016 pro sports policy. Per VanFulpen, Watson...

Michigan Football Earns Award For Academic Progress Rate

Six programs – Northwestern, Air Force, Michigan, Duke, Minnesota and Vanderbilt – earned an APR public recognition award (third straight year). Here’s what the NCAA writes about the APR: Implemented in 2003 as part of an ambitious academic reform effort in Division I, the Academic Progress Rate (APR) holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student...
Via Diehardsport
22 days ago  |  Discuss

American Athletic Conference is branding itself as the sixth power league

Get caught up with the latest news from around the Mountain West. Get caught up with all of the news from the Mountain West you may have missed. There is a new addition to the Daily Hike and that will be an audio version via our podcast feed of these news pieces and some additional commentary. The goal is to make this a quick listen around 15 minutes of the news from the past day...
Via Mountain West Connection
22 days ago

Like Air Force’s Jalen Robinette, Caleb Campbell’s NFL plans were suddenly pulled with rule change

Memories of 2008 flooded back when Caleb Campbell heard the news. The former Army safety and seventh-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions had been there. He had prepared for a life as a West Point graduate and future NFL player because he was told he could. He even sat through the draft, saw his name flash across the ticker on the television, received a phone call from the Lions...

Like Air Force’s Jalen Robinette, Caleb Campbell’s NFL plans were suddenly pulled with rule change

Memories of 2008 flooded back when Caleb Campbell heard the news. The former Army safety and seventh-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions had been there. He had prepared for a life as a West Point graduate and future NFL player because he was told he could. He even sat through the draft, saw his name flash across the ticker on the television, received a phone call from the Lions...
Via The Denver Post
22 days ago

PHOTOS: U.S. Air Force Academy football team receives Commander-in-Chief trophy

President Donald Trump presented the U.S. Air Force Academy football team with the  Commander-in-Chief trophy in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Via The Denver Post
22 days ago

PHOTOS: U.S. Air Force Academy football team receives Commander-in-Chief trophy

President Donald Trump presented the U.S. Air Force Academy football team with the  Commander-in-Chief trophy in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Department of Defense scraps policy that gives cadets quicker path to pros

The good news is that prospective NFL players from the Air Force Academy should not feel alone. Days after the Air Force reversed course on a practice that would have allowed receiver Jalen Robinette and some of his teammates to be drafted or signed as free agents (after they participated in various aspects of the pre-draft…
Via Pro Football Talk
23 days ago

Secretary of Defense will no longer allow service academy athletes to go straight to professional sports

After the Department of Defense decided in 2016 that service academy athletes could defer their military duty to play professional sports, Defense secretary James Mattis has rescinded that order. This comes after the Air Force decided that Air Force Academy athletes could not receive a waiver and would not be able to be drafted into the NFL. That news “shocked” some Air Force...
Via The Comeback
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Department of Defense rescinds 2016 policy that eased path for cadet athletes to go pro

For better or worse, Jalen Robinette and his fellow Air Force Academy athletes are no longer alone. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis signed an order Monday to rescind the pro sports policy that went into effect last July and created an avenue for service academy athletes to go pro immediately. Now, all cadet athletes from the three academies — Army, Navy and Air Force — will be...
Via The Denver Post
24 days ago

Department of Defense rescinds 2016 policy that eased path for cadet athletes to go pro

For better or worse, Jalen Robinette and his fellow Air Force Academy athletes are no longer alone. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis signed an order Monday to rescind the pro sports policy that went into effect last July and created an avenue for service academy athletes to go pro immediately. Now, all cadet athletes from the three academies — Army, Navy and Air Force — will be...

PODCAST: NFL Draft recap from the Mountain West

Time to look at the former Mountain West players who are going to the NFL. Jeremy and Matt return for another show and this time to recap the NFL Draft and the Mountain West. Before we get to the picks we discuss how the decision that came down that would not allow an exemption for Air Force athletes to pursue a pro deal. The timing of this is odd since the Jalen Robinette and other...
Via Mountain West Connection
24 days ago

Air Force Football Team Visiting White House This Week

The Air Force football team is on its way to Washington, D.C. to be honored by President Donald Trump this week. On Monday, the Falcons players and coaching staff boarded a plane to the nation’s capital. On Tuesday, the team will make its way to the White House for a meeting with the president and to be honored as the winner’s of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy from this past...
Via Campus Sports Net
24 days ago

Pentagon: Academy athletes must serve before going pro

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department has rescinded its 2016 policy allowing military service academy athletes to go straight to the pros upon graduation. Athletes such as Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette, the NCAA’s leader in yards per catch in 2016, will have to serve two years of active duty before applying for reserve status to pursue a career in professional...
Via MyNorthwest.com
24 days ago

Air Force safety Weston Steelhammer “shocked” by policy change before NFL draft

As he settled in to watch Day 3 of the NFL draft Saturday, Air Force safety Weston Steelhammer received news that immediately altered his future. But he never received a call. He never heard from an NFL team. He never got that moment to celebrate his leap to the pros. Instead, he only read that the opportunity he had worked months to try to obtain had suddenly vanished. “I first...
Via The Denver Post
24 days ago

Air Force football players headed to White House this week

Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Air Force players were led to believe they could head to the NFL

On Saturday, it became publicly known that the Air Force Academy has changed its policy regarding football players with NFL opportunities, requiring them to spend two years on active duty before playing professional football. It was news to the Air Force players, too. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the players had been…
Via Pro Football Talk
25 days ago

Jalen Robinette goes undrafted after Air Force changes policy

Jalen Robinette went undrafted this weekend, and a change in the Air Force Academy’s policy had a big reason to do with that.Robinette is the Air Force’s all-time leader in receiving yards and was projected as a potential mid-round pick. He had been training and preparing for the draft, but then he got some awful news on Thursday night.The Air Force changed its policy and decided...
Via Larry Brown Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Receiver Jalen Robinette undrafted after Air Force ruling

Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Wyoming RB Brian Hill is drafted by the Atlanta Falcons

Hill is selected by the Falcons. With the 156th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons selected Wyoming running back Brian Hill. Hill, 6'1" and 219 pounds, was rated as the 12th running back and 153rd player overall. Hill measures up with the prototypical NFL running back, being only five pounds lighter than David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliot and Le’Veon Bell. Hill is a powerful...
Via Mountain West Connection
26 days ago

Air Force ruling damages wideout's chances to be drafted

Via FOX Sports
26 days ago

Air Force draft hopeful Jalen Robinette required to serve on active duty

Air Force receiver Jalen Robinette was expected to be drafted today, but a policy preventing him from deferring military service may change that. The Air Force Academy said in a statement that Robinette or any other player drafted will be required to serve on active duty for two years, meaning his NFL career wouldn’t be…
Via Pro Football Talk
26 days ago

NFL Draft: Air Force Academy reverses course, will not let athletes go pro immediately

In what’s already been a rough NFL Draft for the Mountain West, the latest development takes a couple of promising athletes off the Big Board. After two days of the 2017 NFL Draft, everyone in the Mountain West is waiting for somebody from the conference to break through and be the first athlete selected. This morning, however, it seems that the pool of options will shrink. As...
Via Mountain West Connection
26 days ago

Air Force will not allow athletes like Jalen Robinette to defer 2 years active duty

In a stunning shift before the start of the NFL draft, the Air Force Academy decided that it would not allow its athletes to defer two years of active duty and immediately join a professional sports team upon graduation. This means Jalen Robinette, Air Force’s all-time leading receiver who spent nearly a year preparing mentally and physically for professional football with the...
Via The Denver Post
26 days ago

Air Force will not allow athletes like Jalen Robinette to defer 2 years active duty

In a stunning shift before the start of the NFL draft, the Air Force Academy decided that it would not allow its athletes to defer two years of active duty and immediately join a professional sports team upon graduation. This means Jalen Robinette, Air Force’s all-time leading receiver who spent nearly a year preparing mentally and physically for professional football with the...
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