Who could be Army's next football coach?

Is Army football coach Stan Brock out a job? That question will be answered within days. Our guess is that Brock, 6-18 in two seasons and coming off a 34-0 loss to Navy, will get one last shot at redemption next season. If Brock does get the heave-ho, who replaces him? Armysports.com floats some candidates in alphabetical order.

Steed Lobotzke, Wake Forest offensive coordinator: Was rumored to be on Army's radar when the Black Knights elevated Brock two years ago.

Lobotzke knows about service academy football. He played for Air Force as an offensive lineman (1990-91) and later coached in Colorado Springs. Lobotzke's been at Wake Forest for eight years, including six as offensive coordinator. Don Patterson, Western Illinois head coach: Patterson wanted the job when Bobby Ross got in 2003. So you would think Patterson, a 1973 West Point grad, might be interested again.

This was Patterson's 10th year at Western Illinois and a difficult one. He missed the first seven games with tonsillar cancer. Patterson returned for the last four games. Western Illinois finished 6-5; Patterson's career record is 62-45. His .579 winning percentage ranks seventh in school history.

Bob Sutton, Jets' defensive coordinator: Bring back Bob? A local West Point columnist suggested firing Brock and reaching out to Sutton. Sutton went 44-55-1 in nine seasons (1991-99) as the Black Knights' coach.

He led Army to its last winning season - 10-2 - in 1996. Sutton was fired by bumbling Rick Greenspan after three losing seasons. Sutton, 57, has spent the last nine seasons in the NFL.

Ed Warinner, Kansas offensive coordinator: Another guy you would think would covet the Army job.

Warinner spent 13 seasons at Army finishing off as the Black Knights' offensive coordinator (1998-99) under Sutton. Warinner interviewed for the Air Force job that Troy Calhoun got two years ago. Warinner has been at Kansas for four years, including two impressive years as offensive coordinator.

Longshot candidates: Fisher DeBerry, former Air Force head coach: At 70, DeBerry could set an option offense for Army and ride into the sunset. But he may be too old and likely is set in retirement. DeBerry went 169-107-1 in 22 years as Air Force's head coach (1984-2006).

Ivin Jasper, Navy offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach: Helped the Midshipmen to another blowout win over Army. Jasper could definitely bring a much better option approach to West Point. Jasper has been instrumental in the development of Navy quarterbacks Craig Candeto, Aaron Polanco, Lamar Owens, Brian Hampton and Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada. His only drawback is that this is his first year as a coordinator. Jasper has been at Navy for nine seasons.


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