The Air Force Academy just issued statements from head coach Troy Calhoun and Athletic Director Hans Mueh in response to the rapid-fire rumors of Calhoun becoming the next Denver Broncos head coach. One Colorado radio station even reported that Calhoun is in contract negotiations with the Broncos. Calhoun says that’s not the case.
“Our coaching staff and our families are proud to be a part of the daily lives of our nation’s future officers. We certainly look forward to seeing our seniors graduate in May along with coaching the Falcons in 2011 and beyond,” Calhoun said in the statement.
Mueh followed that up saying Calhoun is his coach.
“Naturally, we are exceptionally happy that Troy is continuing his commitment to the Academy, our program and to our cadet-athletes,” Mueh said. “We love what he stands for, his leadership, passion for the Academy and the tireless work ethic he and his staff display as they prepare our cadet-athletes to be future leaders for this country.”
Of course these quotes usually end up as the kiss of death and lead to the coach’s eventual departure. But it’s still quite a sign of respect for a service academy coach that this type of press release needs to be issued in response to a NFL head coaching opening.