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Army fires football coach Stan Brock

He had led the Black Knights for two years. From AP-

Army football coach Stan Brock has been fired.

Army athletic director Kevin Anderson notified Brock of the decision on Friday, six days after the Black Knights completed their season with a 34-0 loss to archrival Navy — their seventh straight loss to the Midshipmen. Brock compiled a 6-18 record in two years as coach.

Army, which finished 3-9 in each of Brock’s seasons, has not had a winning record since 1996.

Brock, a former NFL offensive lineman, served as Army’s offensive line coach for three years before replacing Bobby Ross in early 2007. He had no previous Division I college coaching experience.

Anyone with a theory as to why Army lags behind Air Force and Navy so far as their football programs go? Navy and Air Force have been if not top 25 teams, competitive and able to land a spot in a bowl game on a regular basis but not Army.

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Interesting question, Bill.

It seems to go in cycles. None of the academies have been able to recruit blue chip talent in recent decades, with a rare exception now and again.

In the mid-1980s, Army had a resurgence bringing back the Wishbone offense to utilize the smarts and athleticism of their players. They went to at least three Bowl games that decade.

Air Force easily dominated most years, though, in the 1980s and 1990s. Colorado Springs is more glamorous and playing in a real conference (then the WAC and later the Mountain West) were big draws.

Navy was awful, awful, awful throughout most of that period despite the occasional superstar, like RB Napolean McAllum. They seem to have come together a few years ago under just departed head coach Paul Johnson, who’s now at Georgia Tech. We’ll see if his successor can keep up the good recruiting.

Posted by James Joyner | December 12, 2008 | 01:04 pm | Permalink

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