There’s no way to properly summarize the text you see below, so I’m just going to jump right into it. Earlier this week Air Force moved a 2016 home game against New Mexico from Colorado Springs to Dallas. The Colorado Springs Gazette asked Falcons head coach Troy Calhoun for his thoughts on the move.
This is what he said:
“That’s not for a coach to comment on. It’s just like it would be if you were lieutenant colonel and you’re on your seventh deployment in Vietnam and you see some things. You see there’s no way democracy is going to gain traction here and maybe you’ve lost some of your own troops and some of your own men in battle, but yet that’s not your call. …
“That’s a bigger position that comes from beyond you. Your job is to serve and it’s your job to follow orders, as it would be for that lieutenant colonel, too. … Maybe if you realize it’s 1972 and we’ve lost 52,000 of my fellow compatriots and you see things from a little different viewpoint and yet that’s not your job. Your job is not to be that aware or have that kind of perspective. It’s not. Your job is to follow orders.
“To answer your question directly, it’s not the coach’s job. … It’s just not your job. As a soldier and as a troop, you’re right at the tip of spear, you know what gives you the best chance to win or maybe to obliterate the enemy. …
“But your job is to serve and to follow orders and you put both heels and your toes at the 45 and you salute. That’s your job. That’s your job as a solider and as a coach, too.”
One can see the point Calhoun is making, though he clearly went about three levels too deep in making it. I’d be willing to guess that’s the only time a football coach has turned a question about a football schedule into an Vietnam analogy in one sentence.