1969 Black Knights
(Authentic Reproduction)




Many institutions paid tribute to the 100th Anniversary of College Football by adding some type of tribute-marking adornment to their helmet. On Army's old gold shell with one-inch black center stripe, this was done by keeping the black three-inch Angelus-Pacific numerals in place on the sides of the helmet, and adding a blue 100-year logo with red bordering white numbers to the rear of each helmet.  Although Navy went down hard 27-0, the 4-5-1 season was marked by losses to their quality opponents. The Viet Nam War was having a definite effect upon Army (and Navy) football and neither the material nor depth were there to compete against traditional rival Notre Dame (a 45-0 loss). Lynn Moore was gallant at RB but no one stood out as the team struggled through most of the season. Bill Parcells moved on after enhancing his reputation as an effective coach and recruiter after three seasons at West Point.
 If the die-hards who still believed that Army football could again be elevated to the standards of a national champion didn't get the message in 1969, it hit them square in the face by the end of the '70 season. After an opening win over Holy Cross, the best the Cadets could muster was a next-to-last game 22-all tie against Oregon. The 1-9-1 record was the worst in Academy history and it wasn't as if Cahill had forgotten how to coach. Dick Atha claimed the unsettled QB spot late in the season and showed some promise but the most reliable offensive weapon was kicker Arden Jensen. 1971 brought more QB upheaval and found Kingsley Fink in the driver's seat toward mid-year as he led the Black Knights to a stretch-run of four wins in the final five games to salvage a 6-4 season. End Ed Francis helped out with twenty-three receptions. DE Steve Bogosian was outstanding and experienced LB Gary Topping wasn't far behind.

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