Five years ago, nobody would have dreamed that a former NBA head coach would be willing to run the basketball program at Air Force -- even those at the Academy.
So, it was a statement on how far the Falcons' program has come that it was able to hire former Denver Nuggets head coach Jeff Bzdelik to replace Chris Mooney in the offseason -- although there was some reason to wonder whether the Bzdelik hire would work out.
The arrival of Air Force to the national scene has been tied to its adaptation of the Princeton offense, introduced by current Princeton coach Joe Scott. Air Force went from an independent to a member of the WAC for the 1981-82 season, and in 14 of the next 19 seasons, the Falcons had three wins or less in conference play. Although the first three seasons Scott's four-year tenure included similar results, the overall improvement since he came still is staggering: