Team preview: Army

The Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook previews the 2008 Army Black Knights, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 14, 2008
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(All information as of June 20, 2008)

COACH AND PROGRAM

West Point was more like Fort Knox this spring, as Army head coach Stan Brock locked down practices to fans and media.

Brock claimed that he made the seemingly rash move to foster a better teaching environment for his team, which endured another miserable year in 2007, going 3-9 and ranking near the bottom of the Football Bowl Subdivision in both offense and defense. But he mostly did it to keep secret his team's new offensive system.

Other steps he took to limit the amount of information coming from Black Knights' practices included declining to comment on the nature of his new mystery offense during press conferences, except to acknowledge that there was one and it would be a focal point, and canceling the offensive portion of the spring game. Instead, he treated fans to the second-team offense running plays against Army's first- and second-string defenses.