1951 Army Cadets football team

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1951 Army Black Knights football
USMA-BlackKnights-Logo.svg
Conference Independent
1951 record 2-7
Head coach Red Blaik
Offensive coordinator Vince Lombardi
Offensive scheme T Formation
Defensive coordinator Murray Warmath
Home stadium Michie Stadium
Seasons
« 1950 1952 »

The 1951 Army Black Knights football team represented the United States Military Academy. Led by head coach Red Blaik, the team finished with a record of 2-7. The Black Knights offense scored 116 points, while the defense allowed 183 points.

Offseason[edit]

In the offseason, Blaik was still agitated by the loss Army suffered to Navy in 1950. In addition, he was upset over the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur. Sam Galiffa, who was part of the 1949 team, was now a decorated aide to General Matthew Ridgway. Galiffa arranged for members of the Army coaching staff to come to Japan and visit the troops. [1] Vince Lombardi and Doug Kenna first visited Tokyo and conducted several football clinics for the troops stationed there. Although defensive coordinator Murray Warmath helped the discharged players relocate to other schools, it would be his last year at Army. He would leave at the end of the season to become the head coach for Mississippi State.[2]

Honor code violation[edit]

A massive honor code academic violation was revealed in the spring of 1951. There were accusations that football players were distributing unauthorized academic information. [3]This was reported to Colonel Paul Harkins on April 2. It was later revealed that Red Blaik’s son, Bob was part of the honor code violation. [4] On August 3, the violations were announced and several athletes were implicated in the scandal. [5]

Joseph P. Kennedy spoke to assistant coach Doug Kenna, and he helped pay the way for several discharged players to attend Notre Dame. [6] Bob Blaik left Army for Colorado College. [7] Of the players that were discharged, three went on to careers in the National Football League: Al Pollard, Gene Filipski and Ray Malavasi. Malavasi would eventually become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams. [8]

Regular season[edit]

The makeshift team that was assembled had no involvement in the honor violation, but they were still a painful reminder of it. After losing several games to Ivy League schools, Army defeated Columbia for its first win. The team received a congratulatory note from General Douglas MacArthur.[9]

In Week 6 of the season, the Cadets played Frank Gifford and his USC Trojans squad. The game was played at Yankee Stadium.[10] Before the Army-Navy game, the Cadets had a record of 2 wins and 6 losses. This would be Blaik's only losing season at Army.[11] In the Army-Navy game, Navy would score two touchdowns before Army even ran an offensive series.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 29 at Villanova Michie StadiumWest Point, New York L 7-21  
October 6 at Northwestern L 14-20  
October 13 at Dartmouth Michie StadiumWest Point, New York L 14-28  
October 20 at Harvard L 21-22  
October 27 at Columbia W 14-9  
November 3 at USC Yankee StadiumBronx, New York L 6-28  
November 10 at The Citadel Michie StadiumWest Point, New York W 27-6  
November 17 at University of Pennsylvania L 6-7  
December 1 vs. Navy L 7-42  
*Non-conference game.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.118 , Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  2. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.131, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  3. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.120, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  4. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.123, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  5. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.130 , Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  6. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.131, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  7. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.131, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  8. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.132, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  9. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.138, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  10. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.139, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  11. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.139, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  12. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=82&season=1951