Army Football Notebook

Spring practice is just around the corner and, next thing you know, footballs will be flying around Michie Stadium. Here is some news and notes about Army and its opponents to keep you going through the winter.

New Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman has hired Joe Kines as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.

Kines most recently served four years (2003-06) as the Alabama assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He was the Crimson Tide interim head coach from the end of the 2006 regular season through the Independence Bowl. "Joe Kines is what you call a "ball coach"," said Sherman, former head coach of the Green Bay Packers. "He loves his players and he loves football and demonstrates that passion in his coaching. No one I have ever hired has a greater pedigree or more experience than Coach Kines. He has worked at both the collegiate and professional levels."

Texas A&M hosts Army in College Station on Sept. 27.

Army isn't the only service academy to nab a stud quarterback. Air Force has landed Jackson Hole (Wyo.) High School Blane Woodfin. He led Jackson Hole to a state title this fall.

Woodfin, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, rushed for 1,023 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He threw for seven touchdowns and had three interceptions. Woodfin runs a 4.6 40-yard dash.

Army and Northwestern have agreed on a home-and-home series. Northwestern will make their first trip to West Point since 1988 on Sept. 17, 2011. Army plays at Northwestern on Sept. 5, 2015.

As it stands now, Army's number of recruits this off season stands at 37, with quarterback Paul McIntosh leading the way.

Twenty-eight Division I-A teams signed more than 25 recruits in 2008. The Black Knights are one of nine teams that signed over 30 players. Top Stories