Army linebacker adds to family’s colorful history serving the nation

PHOTO (Army Athletics): Arik Smith against Air Force. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahanReport By TOM SHANAHAN The black-and-white photograph dates to the Civil War, providing a starting point to trace Arik Smith’s family history of military service. A Union Army Black man tends to a general’s horse in the albumen-style image. But the free man is not attached to just any Army division or serving under any general. “He cared for Gen. Sherman’s horse,” says Smith, West Point’s…

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Army looked West for leadership, Witten Award overlooked West

PHOTO (Army Athletics/Danny Wild/USA Today): Amadeo West celebrates a tackle at the line of scrimmage in the Army-Navy Game fog shrouding Michie Stadium. By TOM SHANAHAN College football is notorious for presenting awards too soon. The Heisman Trophy, the highest profile award, offers too many examples. The Heisman winner flops in a bowl game. Meanwhile, the runner-up has a big day. Take 2005 for example. USC’s Reggie Bush winning may not be an egregious example, but it is…

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Air Force and Army meeting in unique Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy game; maybe they’ll be another someday

PHOTO: Air Force's Corvan Taylor, wearing the Falcons' uniforms honoring the Tuskegee Airmen Red Tails, returned an interception 62 yards against Navy. By TOM SHANAHAN I first brought this subject up with Air Force coach Troy Calhoun before October’s Navy game, long before the COVID-19 postponement of Air Force-Army Nov. 7 date rescheduled in a winner-take-all game for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. My suggestion was Air Force-Army deserves a special day instead of buried in the regular season. Maybe…

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