Air Force Head Coach Troy Calhoun Post-Game Comments on Michigan

Submitted by markusr2007 on September 17th, 2017 at 10:51 PM

Air Force Head Coach Troy Calhoun had some interesting remarks about Michigan's football team post-game.

Link here because my embedding skills suck. Sorry guys.

1.       On the Speed of Michigan

“It was a factor…..High quality players…..They are an exceptional group”


2.       On Michigan’s physicality

“They’re a stout group. I mean, an impressive squad. Certainly are going to win a bunch of football games this year. It’s just their size, their athleticism, and a pretty complete group.”


3.       Game plan-wise, you didn’t complete a pass in the first half…were you concentrating on establishing the run?

“Well, they are a little bit different. They probably don’t have to quite commit as many guys to the run as maybe some of other squads we’ve faced.  It’s not like there were 11 guys within 4 yards of the line of scrimmage, so they had something to do with that (lack of success throwing).


4.       About getting outside on Michigan in the 2nd half

“Well, we probably blocked a little bit better. And then, candidly, in the first…especially the first 25 minutes of the game, we’ tried…..but.... to block bodies that size, that move that well and that play blocks as well as they do, again…I mean, that’s a credit to their guys.”


5.       Was their anything about Michigan that surprised you, that you didn’t expect to see today that you didn’t see on film?

“Um, I wouldn’t say surprise. But I think once you get on the field and you recognize with whom they are playing, it’s impressive. It is. You know, they’ve done a super, super job in recruiting, it does hurt a bit when you get a chance to play a game here (Ann Arbor) where they’ve been pretty fair the last 2 ½ years.”


6.       What did you see on the punt return. Did your kicker sort of outkick the coverage there?

“Uh no sir. I think the returner, like a said a bit earlier, he’s a…..he’s not small, and he does have some decent feet, any time you got that kind of combination with a returner, they have good strength in order to break some tackles. They did a good job with three key blocks and once he’s got a little bit of room, he’s gonna go.”


7.       You held them mainly to field goals, you weren’t giving up touchdowns until the very end…your defense….you held them to 5 field goals.

“We did. We gave up some yards. Like I said we’re going to dissect and debrief and learn from this and keep developing.  That’s what we really, really have to do."




September 17th, 2017 at 10:58 PM ^

He was classy before the game in his comments and continued it post-game. Their team hung with us for almost 60 minutes, and all he does is compliment our team. Constrast that to Scott Frost's comments (we outhit them), MSU (we dominated them in the trenches), etc.

Glad to have played Air Force twice, and glad that we don't have to play them again in the near future.

Mr. Yost

September 17th, 2017 at 11:21 PM ^

Frost's comments weren't classy, but were they "unclassy?" I suppose you can just keep your mouth shut after a loss, but if a reporter asks you a question. You can answer it.

His comments were FUNNY and worthy of all ridicule. But it never registered to me as disrepkt or a lack of class.

If he felt like UCF outhit us last year, that's his opinion. Not one I agree with, but I don't think that means he called us soft. I think that's him saying, we were physical his opinion.

Doesn't mean they were better, or they should've won, or anything like that. Meanwhile AF's coach basically said they were bigger, stronger, faster. That's his opinion.

I just don't see the comparison between Frost's comments and comments someone like Dantoni makes. He's always trying to throw shade.

Frost just gave his opinion when asked about physicality.

Harbaugh gave his opinion about the game yesterday, I definitely didn't agree with all of his comments pertaining to the offense. I didn't think it was as "rosey" as he made it seem and I do think there are real problems. It wasn't about just two stingy defenses. I saw some terrible playcalls and execution. BUT...that's his opinion, so oh well. I have mine.

We weren't outhit against UCF, and the redzone is an issue/the offense was disappointing.

Mr. Yost

September 18th, 2017 at 11:00 AM ^

Shut the hell up.

  1. I've actually met the guy. So I'd actually know seeing as how I've worked at the University of Central Florida.
  2. The guy just gave up his stadium for the National Guard in a hurricane relief effort tpo support central florida while Florida and Tennessee were playing on Saturday - when he could've told them to go to the Citrus Bowl or the new Orlando City Stadium. He stepped up and volunteered.



September 18th, 2017 at 12:08 PM ^

well you should've led with that. If you vouch for him...why are we having this discussion?


I mean, I've met Urban Meyer...and he was respectful of Michigan and funny...but I don't think he's ever made a public statement of support for those suffering in his most fertile recruiting areas. 


September 18th, 2017 at 3:13 AM ^

We live in a country where "equal right to have an opinion" has been conflated with "equal value and validity of opinions." It's funny at first, until you realize that the same phenomonon causes some to discredit the advice of acclaimed scientists (or the scientific community writ large) because some dipshit says, "well, that's just another opinion, and I have my own..." 

Honk if Ufer M…

September 18th, 2017 at 5:03 AM ^

So you think Harbaugh coaches with a scientific method of which he is the leading expert and all his decisions are the best possible regardless of results, eye test, logic or facts, and he's above questioning even though he questions himself, and anybody who says what they see when something looks bad to them must be pompous to question the unquestionable God of all he surveys, who art infallible?

If one can't judge or evaluate plays and play calling what's the point of watching football? If you don't have an idea of what's a good play or bad play, or an opinion, how can you even watch football and get anything out of it?

How can you say a coach is good or bad if you don't have your own opinions that you form by watching plays with your own eyes? If you don't think Harbaugh has made bad choices of various sorts at times, including bad play calls more often than you'd expect from someone with his history, or bad utilizations of talent sometimes, then you haven't been watching. 

You take the good with the bad when the overall good is this good, but you don't have to play the Emperor's New Alternate (reality) Uniforms, just because you like or love the coach. When he deserves criticism it's ok to give it even if you're not a coach or couldn't coach as well as Harbaugh. Those who can't do or haven't done can make valid observations and critiques even when it goes against what the coach says in public and what you think the coach thinks.



September 18th, 2017 at 11:17 AM ^

actually, I do not have children yet, but that will be in the near future. vaccinations is a conversation my fiance and I have had. my response to her has been that I will be open minded and educate myself on this topic before we decide on what will be done or not done.


September 18th, 2017 at 12:06 PM ^

not your statement about open-mindedness (that's commendable) but that nowadays people "do some research on the internet" and suddenly think they know more than 100 years worth of hard scientific study.
These issues are hugely complex, and sometimes the axiom that "a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing" is exactly true.

What makes the internet great is also what makes it scary.  It doesn't take much to build a website that appears just as credible as the CDC.


September 18th, 2017 at 1:01 PM ^

and doesn't waste his time with his pediatrician, who spent 4 years in college, 4 years in med school, and 3 years as a resident, on top of the years they have been practicing and doing further learning on the matter. I mean, I'd rather stick to some random blogs that have "data".

Whenever my pediatrician is trying to push these life saving vaccines that have all but extinguished diseases in most parts of the world, I always stop her and let her know I'm here for a Doctor's visit for my kid, not a political discussion. 

M Ascending

September 18th, 2017 at 6:56 AM ^

I was lucky enough to get the first round of polio vaccine when it first came out. My best friend, Bob, who was absent from school the day they came around with the vaccine contracted the disease one month later. He has been on crutches his whole life.

Every child in my extended family has received all their vaccines. No autism. I will take science over superstition 100%of the time.

The Mad Hatter

September 18th, 2017 at 8:01 AM ^

the HPV vaccine.  Something like 75-90% of people my age have or had HPV.  Most never show any symptoms, but cervical cancer sucks and genital warts are gross.

Michael Douglas almost died from throat cancer.  A cancer that was caused by eating pussy.

But I'm sure you won't ever have to worry about that.


September 18th, 2017 at 8:19 AM ^

Didn't answer the guy above, but I'll answer you... Yup, got it for my daughter too. Got both my kids all recommended vaccines (starting in 2003 with my first, and again starting in 2006 with my second, thus AFTER the "vaccine scare" had begun). 

Because of my travels for work, I have also had every possible vaccine (like, I think, literally), including for meningitis, yellow fever, typhoid, etc. Some of these are legitimately dangerous vaccines, but since I know that the diseases they protect me from are far worse than the risks from the vaccine, I never think twice... 

And P.S. my dad died of throat cancer. He was a heavy smoker and drinker. The doctor, however, who was a good guy and a "straight shooter," said they now believed it was much more likely the disease had been caused by HPV than either the heavy smoking or drinking. 


September 18th, 2017 at 7:42 AM ^

Kidding aside, it is sadder than that. Her child had a vaccine, and then later was diagnosed as autistic. She was very understandably sad, and reached for anything she could find to explain it. She found research from a discredited doctor who had done a terribly corrupt and dishonest case study finding a "link" between autism and the MMR vaccine. And voila, now it is fact. Andrew Wakefield has a special place reserved for himself in hell, I believe... 


September 18th, 2017 at 9:21 AM ^

I heard there was a study that saw a correlation with inductions and autism. Not sure where it stands now, but there was something like a 50% increase when induced.  I have no idea if it is a cause, but I wish funding could go to look at actual potential causes, rather than retrying to misprove a myth. 

Mr Miggle

September 18th, 2017 at 11:48 AM ^

It's never been a political issue that I'm aware of. There is no debate in the medical community. The anti-vax movement sprang from a criminally fraudulent study, which has been unquestionably been exposed as such. There are still those who wish to believe it. They aren't united by their politics, but by their ignorance and distrust of any science they don't wish to believe.

Sten Carlson

September 18th, 2017 at 1:45 PM ^

I just don't see why this is being discussed here -- in a thread about AF's coach comments, and on a Michigan sports blog.

I've got no dog in this fight, but you guys seem REALLY emotionally charged about this issue.

The dabate about whether to mandate childhood vaccines, whether vaccine manufacturers should be held liable for damage, etc. has occurred in state legislatures around the nation. It's a Public Heath issue, and a contentions one at that. A mocking, snarky tone doesn't change the fact that it has NOTHING to do with the topic at hand.

That was my ONLY point. I'm not the MGoPope ... but, from what I've seen over the years, whenever a thread strays from congency and gets even close to political the board self-polices. I did just that, and get shit on.

The Mad Hatter

September 18th, 2017 at 9:38 AM ^

We all knew "the weird kid" growing up.  That kid is now on the autism spectrum.

Also, I think that maybe people having kids at 35+ instead of 20 is also causing some of the health issues we're seeing.  There was a doctor on NPR a while back saying that people should be having kids at 15!