PHILADELPHIA — Army’s Jarrett Mackey hears the same order each day he walks around the barracks at West Point.
Beat Navy and bring home the coveted Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
“Every single time I pass them, it’s, ‘Army-Navy. CIC. Let’s go,’” Mackey said. “I wouldn’t say it puts more pressure on us, but it’s time. Let’s do this. We almost need to do it. We’ve got to get out there and get the win. It’s been way too long.”
Try 11 years.
The Army-Navy series is not only the most patriotic rivalry in sports, it’s turned into one of the most one-sided. Navy has won 10 in a row, doubling the previous winning streak of either team in a series that stretches back to 1890. It only seems like the Black Knights haven’t won in 122 years. Army last beat Navy in 2001 at Veterans Stadium. The Vet has since been toppled.
• There will be an Army-Navy tailgate party beginning at 10:30 this morning at Fort Gordon Engineer’s Field on Avenue of the States.
There will be food, rides and games for the kids and well as adults.
The event includes football games between the Greenbrier and Lakeside JROTC at 11, and the Post All-Star Army and Post All-Star Navy teams at noon.
The Marines will also be collecting unwrapped toys for their Toys for Tots program.
AUBURN: Coach Gus Malzahn introduced introduced Rhett Lashlee as his new offensive coordinator and Ellis Johnson as his defensive coordinator Friday.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE: Coach Dave Doeren has made his first coaching hire, bringing in Ryan Nielsen to coach the defensive line and serve as recruiting coordinator.
Nielsen spent the past two seasons at Northern Illinois under Doeren.