Monken’s old friend provides Army with unexpected Top 25 upset opportunity

PHOTO: Army coach Jeff Monken. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Army football coach Jeff Monken can thank Wake Forest coach Dave Clausen -- his old colleague as 25-year-old assistants in 1992 at the University of Buffalo -- for another chance to knock off a ranked Power 5 school. Well, sort of. Preseason projections pegged Wisconsin as Army’s Top 25 upset opportunity in 2021, but the Badgers started only 2-3 by the time the teams met…

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Army recruiting benefits from upside of 6-7 Andre Carter II

PHOTO: Andre Carter after one of his three sacks at Georgia State. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Ask college football fans to name the best recruiter in the nation. You’ll hear the same answers -- Alabama’s Nick Saban, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney or Ohio State’s Ryan Day. They annually bring in the top recruiting classes. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Those guys don’t have to work at finding talent. The schools that are regular participants in the College…

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Braheam Murphy’s journey makes for a 21st century West Point story

PHOTO: Braheam Murphy is in the clear on his 40-yard TD run with Western Kentucky defenders trailing him. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN “The West Point Story” was a late 1950s TV series that aired on both CBS and ABC as a drama. Episodes included unknown actors such as Clint Eastwood, Chuck Connors and Leonard Nimoy on their way to iconic stardom. The plots were written from actual events, with the names changed. The Department…

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