Let’s huddle up for a quick appreciation of Army coaching legend Earl “Red” Blaik:
Blaik, a member of West Point’s Class of 1920, was known as “colonel” because he retired at that rank in the reserves. As a civilian, he coached the Cadets to a 121-33-10 record over 18 seasons, from 1941 to 1958, included three national titles. He coached three Heisman winners. He mentored an NFL legend. He led a struggling, undermanned program through World War II and into national prominence. And he survived an honor-code scandal in 1951 — involving dozens of players, including his son — that makes it clear the sports-vs.-academics issues faced by service academies and other colleges aren’t unique to recent decades. His only losing season came the year the scandal broke.