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Your usual Friday drill — a look at the most recent installment of “A Game of Honor,” the online Army-Navy “docu-drama” from CBS, and then a quick scroll down for the basics on Saturday’s academy games. All times Eastern. Army (3-7) at Temple (6-4, 4-3 Mid-American Conference), 2 p.m. TV: None. But ESPN3 will carry the game online with Scott Graham and Rob Harley in the booth. Game-time decision: Junior quarterback Trent Steelman, who hasn’t played since leaving Army’s Oct. 22 loss to Vanderbilt with an ankle injury, could make the start against the Owls. The Black Knights rolled over…

USA Today’s cover story on rising salaries for college football head coaches held few surprises: The heads of massive programs in the Big 12, Big Ten and Southeastern Conference make the most, while folks in the Sun Belt and other lower-level conferences are in the low six figures. Among the service academies, it’s no surprise that Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo leads the pack. After racking up 27 wins in his first three seasons — the best start for a coach in school history — Niumatalolo signed a contract extension in April. According to USA Today’s figures, he’ll make $1,538,190 in 2011.…

Before you hit the couch for an evening of carrier-based hoops entertainment, check out the latest edition of “A Game of Honor” from CBS, then get briefed on Saturday’s academy football action (all times Eastern): Wyoming (5-3, 2-1 Mountain West Conference) at Air Force (5-4, 1-3 MWC), 2 p.m. TV: The mtn. (Todd Harris, Todd Christensen; DIRECTV channel 616, check here to find out whether your cable system carries it.) Not a misprint: Yes, perennial mountain-time-zone doormat Wyoming is above .500 in the MWC. In fact, with TCU on its way to the Big XII and Boise State rumored to…

As the rumblings of Navy and Air Force joining the Big East as football-only members become more than rumblings, some fans might wonder why Army has been the odd service academy out. Why wouldn’t the Black Knights want to become a football-only member of a conference without a regional identity? Well, it didn’t work last time. Army finished 10-2 in 1996, with a 10-1 regular-season record tarnished only by a road loss to Syracuse and an up-and-coming Chunky soup spokesman. The next year, the Black Knights announced they’d begin play in Conference USA in 1998. From 1998 to 2004, the…

Navy senior guard John Dowd has inched ahead of Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins (as of late Nov. 1) to take first place in fan voting for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The award recognizes student-athletes for achievement in four categories while honoring a four-year commitment to their school: community, classroom, character and competition. The winner will be announced before the BCS national championship game. If Dowd ends up winning the award, it could start a small streak for Navy; last year’s winner was Midshipmen quarterback Ricky Dobbs. Fan voting makes up one-third of the total score for finalists;…

Navy, at 5-0, and Army, at 4-1, reside at the top of this week’s Collegiate Sprint Football League standings. The CSFL, which includes teams from Army, Navy, Mansfield University (Pa.), Post University (Conn.), Cornell, Princeton and Penn, has been in existence since 1934. Sprint football is played just like regular football. But sprint players must adhere to strict weight and body fat standards to be eligible to play. According to the league website, a player must weigh 172 lbs. or less, have 5 percent body fat or greater and urine specific gravity less than or equal to 1.020. Football fundamentals…

Marshall University announced on its website today that it will play a two-game football series against Navy in 2016 and 2018. The 2016 game will be at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sept. 3; the teams will meet Oct. 13, 2018, in Huntington, W.Va. “We are very excited in the future to host a program with the history and tradition of the U.S. Naval Academy,” Marshall AD Mike Hamrick said. Marshall went 5-7 (4-4 Conference USA) last season. The Thundering Herd are a bit removed from their salad days, where Randy Moss, Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich beat up on…

Dana Holgorsen may have wanted to double-check his straps and chute before taking his initial skydive on Tuesday. Holgorsen is West Virginia University’s new football coach. He was supposed to be a coach-in-waiting for this year, working with incumbent Bill Stewart, then taking over in 2012. But tensions boiled over and Stewart resigned at the end of last week. So, four days later, after the university pulled the plug on a pretty bad situation, Holgorsen found himself skydiving over West Virginia’s New River Gorge with members of the Army Golden Knights parachute team. A chance meeting at a boosters’ event…

You may remember the story of Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, who was severely injured in an Oct. 16 game against Army. LeGrand was taken off the field on a stretcher, and for weeks the story remained the same: He was paralyzed from the neck down. Some good news came out Thursday: LeGrand has some sensation in his hands, his family said. He does, however, remain paralyzed. On the same day came word that LeGrand was named winner of the 2010 Discover Orange Bowl Courage Award. According to The Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America presents the award…

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