Air Force Falcons assistant coach Bill Wilson has been tabbed as the team’s interim head coach “for the time being”, an Academy athletics spokesman confirmed to College Crosse.
Wilson, along with fellow assistant coach Dan Carson and 11 players, were reinstated late in 2017 after an investigation involving hazing and bullying, among other things, with the program concluded that began in mid-October.
The Academy’s media relations office has not been notified of any suspensions or removals from the team as of yet, and an official announcement regarding any discipline should happen before their first game against Duke on February 3. The online roster remains in tact from when it was first published.
That is if there is a game.
If you follow the news, you may have heard that the United States government shutdown at midnight. Interesting enough, it plays a role with the Air Force Academy. All of their athletic events are cancelled for today and Sunday because of the shutdown.
Due to the government shutdown, all Air Force Academy home and away intercollegiate athletic events have been cancelled until further notice. In the event a solution is reached, the Academy will work to reschedule as many missed events as possible.
It’s not known if that also affects practices with the Academy.
(UPDATE: According to Brent Briggeman of The Colorado Gazette, Air Force’s teams are not allowed to practice.)
However, Army and Navy’s athletic programs are operating as normal. Navy has a scrimmage today against Penn State in Happy Valley. Why’s that?
Army and Navy have athletic associations that are separate from their respective institutions and both use non-appropriated money. Air Force does not work that way.
It’s highly unlikely the season-opener at Duke gets cancelled because of the government shutdown, but the Falcons have eight days before their lone scrimmage of the Spring in South Bend against Notre Dame.