Applause For Army and Navy

By Alexander Pyles - October 18, 2007


BALTIMORE -- Army and Navy, picked to finish sixth and seventh in the conference respectively, nonetheless have the respect of the other teams in their conference.

Before talking about his own team, Bucknell head coach called for the room to give Army coach Jim Crews and Navy coach Billy Lange a round of applause for the work they do at Westpoint and in Annapolis.

Lange had the shortest commute to the ESPN Zone in Baltimore, but was the last to arrive.

"That's what happens when you have four boys under the age of three," Lange quipped upon taking the podium.

Though not expected to challenge for a league title this year, Lange sees his Midshipmen making progress toward becoming a solid basketball team.

"My players have great pride seeing where our program was, and where it is now," Lange said during his portion of the press conference. "We don't feel like our program is young right now...we take great pride in our development."

Still, Lange admitted that coaching at the United States Naval Academy brought with it difference challenges than many other head coaching jobs. They are challenges, however, that Lange embraces.

"It's more than just coaching, it's representing an institution," Lange said.

Posted by Alexander Pyles at 12:35 PM on October 18, 2007
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