Herbert On Sports Update

HAPPY NEW YEAR - and let's hope we get some of these programs turned around in '04!

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (8-4): Since I last eported, we lost to 20th ranked Auburn 54-37, holding Auburn to their lowest score of the year. Defeated Robert Morris 70-58, lost at Niagara 71-53 and also lost at Cornell 70-58. In between, we defeated Air Force on their court 70-62. Air Force got into foul trouble early, and we made 29 of 39 free throws. League play begins Saturday with Holy Cross playing both our men and women here.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (3-9): With the league season beginning Saturday against Holy Cross, we're on a 7 game losing streak. We lost home games to Stony Brook 69-44 and New Hampshire 61-47 and then we were routed at Citadel 82-58. Back home we rallied late but lost to Fairleigh Dickinson 57-48, and then were beaten by St. Francis 68-54. Coach Crews has started 4 or 5 plebes in the last few games, and they have potential - but it's going to take a while.

SWIMMING (5-2) (3-4): Both men and women lost to Yale. The men won 5 of 11 events, but Yale's depth prevailed 112-88. Army's women lost 110-87, while winning 4 of 11 events.

GYMNASTICS: Opens the season Saturday, here, against Penn State. Very tough opponent.

HOCKEY (6-7-2): Began the new year with a 3-1 victory over St. Clair here. Two games, home and home, with league opponent American International this weekend.

FOOTBALL: The 2004 schedule won't be released by Conference USA until mid-February. Coach Ross has appointed his son Kevin, as Offensive Coordinator. Kevin is a Naval Academy grad and coached QB at Virginialast year. Ross's assistant coaches have impressive credentials. Offensive Line coach will be Stan Brock, who played 16 years in the NFL. He was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame, and co-captained Coach Ross's San Diego Charger team that went to the Super Bowl.

Army linebacker Ryan Kent, a senior, has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine game in San Francisco tomorrow. Ryan, who had an outstanding career at outside linebacker for Army, was also elected to the ECAC Division 1-A All-Star team.

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