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The Big East commissioner’s plan to ask Navy football to join the conference earlier than the planned 2015 entry date caught many observers by surprise. Including the academy’s athletic director. Chet Gladchuk told The (Annapolis, Md.) Capital that the academy has pointed all its planning toward a 2015 Big East entry — from scheduling to TV deals to a stadium renovation. There’s too much set in motion to change now, Gladchuk told the paper, and Commissioner Mike Aresco’s decision to announce the proposal to the public before telling Annapolis officials means it shouldn’t be taken seriously. Key quote: “I don’t…

Ten quick  links, notes and news bits from the service academy’s football weekend: 1. Honor in defeat. Army junior running back Raymond Maples set the stat book on fire Saturday at Wake Forest, but his 140 yards rushing on just 15 carries (plus a receiving touchdown) weren’t enough to prevent a 49-37 loss — Army’s third straight. It was enough to earn him offensive player of the week honors among football independents. 2. Ground game update. Maples is also sixth on the Football Bowl Subdivision rushing list, averaging more than 135 yards a game. Air Force senior Cody Getz is…

Consider: A 16-team football conference with all three service academies in one of its eight-team divisions. Academy rivalries utilized to promote the national identity of a league stretching from Connecticut to California. Academy athletic facilities pumped up by multimillion-dollar television deals. Army Black Knights on blue turf in Boise. Air Force Falcons walking in Memphis. Navy Midshipmen … well, they’re already on board. But you get the idea. ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy reported earlier this week that the Big East Conference has a three-team expansion wish list — Air Force, BYU and Army. The first two schools would be candidates if…

Most of the conference realignment headlines have centered around the Big East, which formerly hosted Notre Dame in sports other than football and will host its first service academy — Navy — come 2015. But the Mountain West Conference, which has been Air Force’s home since the league’s inception, hasn’t been immune to such major changes: TCU left to join the Big East, then ended up in the Big 12 beginning this season. Boise State joined the MWC in 2011 and has already punched out to join the Big East in 2013. BYU left the football-conference game entirely, leaving the…

Navy fans against the football team’s 2015 move to the Big East conference almost had their wish. Joe Bailey, the conference’s former interim commissioner, told the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit late last week that the league — which will have expanded its football presence to California, Idaho, Tennessee and Texas by the time Navy joins — “has commissioned a study to consider alternative names.” Bailey didn’t give a timetable, but with a study already underway, it seemed a safe bet that by 2015, Navy would not be joining the Big East, but some other newly minted organization with a name…

Five quick hits as football season draws ever closer — you could almost count the days: 1. Turner passes PRT. Bill Wagner at The (Annapolis, Md.) Capital reports Navy senior wideout Brandon Turner returned to the practice field Thursday after passing the academy’s physical readiness test. Linebacker Josh Tate and cornerback Albrey Felder failed the PRT again but will be allowed another attempt, Wagner reported, though there’s no date set. Expect Turner to reappear on the team’s next depth chart. 2. Filling the gaps. Speaking of the Navy depth chart, the current version has a unique feature in the bottom…

A few quick links to today’s news while our picture-a-day countdown helps you remember the good ol’ days. The really, really ol’ days. MRI for Navy WR. Junior Matt Aiken was scheduled to have his right knee looked at after injuring it during Saturday’s Blue-Gold scrimmage, The Washington Post reports. Aiken, tops on the depth chart at wideout, was second on the team in both receptions (13) and yards (201) last season. Ahead of him in both categories was fellow wideout Brandon Turner, who’s missing time for a different reason; Turner’s not on the depth chart. Falcons fall silent. What…

Three quick hits for Navy football fans, who are now 44 days away from a season-opener on the Emerald Isle: 1. About that opener … ESPN.com breaks down the Navy-Notre Dame game as part of its series on Fighting Irish opponents this season. It’s an excellent at-a-glance look at the 2012 Navy program, including some comments from Andrea Adelson, ESPN’s Big East football blogger. She breaks down Navy’s chances and addresses the self-inflicted wounds that cost the Mids a number of close games in 2011. Navy fans probably should get used to reading Adelson’s stuff now, before the Big East…

Seven holiday hits for your Friday military-sports-reading pleasure (click through for the non-service-academy-football notes): 1. Everybody’s bowl bound. Blogging at The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette, Frank Schwab points us to football expert Phil Steele’s preseason bowl picks, which include all three service academies. Steele slots Air Force into the first bowl game of the season, playing Washington in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 15. Army punches its ticket to the Dec. 27 Military Bowl in Washington, D.C., to face Boston College, and two days later, Navy heads to San Francisco to face California in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.…

Some rapid-fire Friday military sports links. Get your mouse ready. Hurley’s huge day. Naval Academy graduate Billy Hurley III shot an opening-round 2-under-par 69 on Thursday at the AT&T National outside Washington, D.C., putting him two behind the leader entering today’s play. Follow the leaderboard here. Key quote from Hurley on why he’s not bothered by the D.C. area heat: “It was 110 in the shade in the Persian Gulf.” More golf. Stay tuned to After Action and the Military Times websites over the weekend for updates from the AT&T National, a military-friendly affair. Prefer watching the old guys? Click…

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