Last week, Air Force announced that it was moving their Oct. 15, 2016 home game against New Mexico to the Cotton Bowl, and during the Texas State Fair. This will be the first time that the Falcons will be back at the Cotton Bowl since they played TCU to a scoreless draw all the way back in 1959.
This is the first time that a Mountain West game will be moved away from a home stadium and into a neutral site location. While playing a game in Texas will help in recruiting for both New Mexico and Air Force it is not universally liked.
Falcons head coach Troy Calhoun, who is a graduate of the Academy and played quarterback, gave a response in the most falling in line military response one would have when just following orders.
This quote comes from David Ramsey of the Colorado Springs Gazette:
"That's not for a coach to comment on. It's just like it would be if you were lieutenant colonel and you're on your seventh deployment in Vietnam and you see some things. You see there's no way democracy is going to gain traction here and maybe you've lost some of your own troops and some of your own men in battle, but yet that's not your call. ...
"That's a bigger position that comes from beyond you. Your job is to serve and it's your job to follow orders, as it would be for that lieutenant colonel, too. ... Maybe if you realize it's 1972 and we've lost 52,000 of my fellow compatriots and you see things from a little different viewpoint and yet that's not your job. Your job is not to be that aware or have that kind of perspective. It's not. Your job is to follow orders.
"To answer your question directly, it's not the coach's job. ... It's just not your job. As a soldier and as a troop, you're right at the tip of spear, you know what gives you the best chance to win or maybe to obliterate the enemy. ...
"But your job is to serve and to follow orders and you put both heels and your toes at the 45 and you salute. That's your job. That's your job as a solider and as a coach, too."
Wow, just wow.
Coaches usually have little to no say on where games are played, but that response is the biggest middle finger a coach could provide to its superiors without saying anything slanderous at all. using a Vietnam comparison is further proof he hates this idea because that was a war that was not popular or successful.
Calhoun clearly does not like the move and gives a long-winded response about how he is just falling in line as soldiers are required to do.