Top 2000s Army football headlines

Army sports in the 2000-2009 period were full of ups and downs. A national championship rifle team marked the high point while a miserable, 0-13, football season was rock bottom for the Black Knights.

December 1, 2001: Army beats Navy, 26-17. As bad as it's been for Army in the Army-Navy series, the Black Knights did at least pull off a win in 2001.

2002 Softball season: Army advances to NCAAs for the first time ever.

May 10, 2003: Army lacrosse falls to John Hopkins in NCAA tournament.

2003 football season: Black Knights suffer through 0-13 season. Army, led by head coach Todd Berry, finished the season 0-13 to complete the worst season in the history of college football.

December 9, 2003: Bobby Ross hired. After Todd Berry was fired, Army turned to veteran NFL/college coach Bobby Ross. Ross seemed to have Army headed in the right direction but suddenly resigned in shortly after the 2006 season. Ross finished his Army tenure with a 9-25 record which was an big improvement over the three seasons previous to his arrival (4-32).

May 15, 2004: Army lacrosse loses to Maryland in NCAA.

October 9, 2004: Army beats Cincinnati. Normally this would not have been such a big deal but the win ended a 19-game Army losing streak dating back to the 2002 season. Army's 48-29 victory energized the program and the following week the Cadets shocked South Florida, 42-35, in Tampa. LINK

2004: Army gymnastics team earns an NCAA bid.

2004: The Army baseball team wins the Patriot League title and earns a bid to the NCAA. The Cadets finish their season 37-15. LINK

2004-05: Army won the all-sports competition versus Navy for the first time since 1977-78

March 12, 2005: Army captures the 2005 NCAA Collegiate Rifle Championship.

May 15, 2005: Army lacrosse falls to Georgetown in NCAA tourney.

2005: Army's gymnastics team earns its second straight NCAA bid.

2005: The Army baseball program captures its second straight Patriot title and NCAA bid.

November 5, 2005: Army smacks Air Force, 27-24. After starting the season 0-6, Army won four straight games. This huge victory over Air Force was the second win in that win streak. Brandon Thompson's fumble recover with just 55 seconds remaining preserved the victory.


(AP/ Jack Dempsey)


March 8, 2006: The Army women's basketball team wins Patriot League Championship and falls to eventual champion Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA.

April 7, 2006: Maggie Dixon dead at 28. In a tragic, heart wrenching development, Army's first-year women's basketball coach, who had led the team to a conference title and NCAA bid, died suddenly. A look back.

September 16, 2006: Texas A&M survives Black Knights. Army "hosts" Texas A&M in San Antonio for what many experts predicted to be a blowout. However, Bobby Ross and his Army Cadets had different ideas. Trailing by four late in the game the Cadets drove deep into A&M territory but were unable to get into the end zone. LINK

December 26, 2008: Army hires Rich Ellerson. After Stan Brock is fired following a 34-0 loss to Navy, Army turns to Rich Ellerson who had built a strong program at Cal Poly utilizing the triple option.

2008: Women's soccer team advances to NCAA for the time ever.

February 14, 2009: Army lacrosse defeats VMI and becomes one of only five elite programs to have 700 or more all-time victories.

2009: Army baseball wins the Patriot title and advances to the NCAA where they eliminate two higher seeded schools and nearly hand No. 1 seed Texas a loss.LINK

2009 football season: Army wins its most games (5) in a season since 1996. The Black Knights barely miss a bowl bid when a last second field goal versus Tulane just misses its mark.

2009: Army replaces men's basketball head coach Jim Crews with a young Zach Spiker. Spiker proceeds to lead the team to a sparkling 9-2 start.

December 4, 2009: Army's women's volleyball sweeps American to win the Patriot League title and then goes on to face Penn in the NCAA tournment.

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