Frank Williams, trial counsel, 1169th Engineer Group, had seen every one of his son's games until this season. He was deployed to Iraq in July.
Young Carson, a freshman, had a somewhat disappointing year for the Black Knights, throwing for 577 yards with four touchdowns and 10 interceptions in parts of seven games. It didn't help that Williams was rushed into duty because of the failures of David Pevoto, who started the year as the starter.
So let's hope Williams stays at the Academy, matures, and leads Army to victory in 2007. Next in line: Since many were unsure if Bobby Ross would return after this year's 3-9 record, it's not to early to look at possible replacements should he fizzle again in 2007. Ross has two years remaining on his contract. Two names to watch include Western Illinois coach Don Patterson and Wake Forest offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke.
Lobotzke played for Air Force, graduating in 1992, and was a candidate to succeed Fisher DeBerry at his alma mater. Troy Calhoun, a former Air Force quarterback and assistant coach, got the job last week.Lobotzke has been on Jim Grobe's staff at Wake Forest for five years, including the last three as offensive coordinator.
Patterson is a 1973 West Point graduate. He served on the cadet honor committee and was named to the highest-ranking cadet staff while at the Academy. He has coached at Division I-AA Western Illinois for eight seasons, leading the school to three playoff berths, a pair of Gateway Football Conference titles and a No. 1 national ranking.
Patterson was interested in the Army job the last time it opened.
Grad assistants: Offensive linemen Pete Bier and Jonathan Connon are among the players who will serve as grad assistants next year. Connon is expected to work at West Point and Bier at the USMAPS in Fort Monmouth, N.J.