Catching up with Troy Calhoun

Posted at 9:58 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 00:37:06-04

Heading into his 14th season, Air Force football coach, Troy Calhoun, misses everything about not being on the football field.

"We're going to have to be pretty vigilant and disciplined for however long that may be," Calhoun said.

However, those emotions pale in comparison to not being able to watch his 30 seniors and son, graduate.

"We have one goal in our football program and that is it," Calhoun said.

Fresh off an 11-2 campaign and a Cheez-It Bowl title, the Falcons did get a significant amount of their spring workout in. At least, a lot more than many of the other Division I football programs across the country.

"We didn't get all the way through, we still had some practices remaining, but we do have prepared workout plans," Calhoun said.

The rest, like a sign of the times, will take at home, where the Academy holds virtual team meetings and players are expected to work out to the best of their ability.

"Everyone is going to have to work from a different set of circumstances moving forward," Calhoun said.

Recruiting is also done in this manner, the staff wishes they could get aspiring cadets on campus but are still confident they'll keep the strong class already committed.

"We'll be fine in that regard because everyone is in the same position," Calhoun said.

As for the upcoming 2020 season, which is filled with as much anticipation as any in recent memory, Calhoun said the program is preparing for several different outcomes.

One scenario would involve a typical start to summer camp and the year, while another would have the Falcons preparing for a schedule which could begin on President's Day weekend. At this point, every option is still on the 50-yard line.

"It's an unknown right now, all we want right now is good health," Calhoun said. "For our country to come back and our country will come back. Just to be able to get out and mingle and do it in group and team settings outside of our homes, that's what we want more than anything else."