Air Force Academy football started in 1956. The Falcons have had six head coaches in their history.
Buck Shaw was the first coach and lasted two years. Bill Parcells coached Air Force to a 3-8 record in 1978, then jumped to the New York Giants as defensive coordinator.
But Ben Martin coached Air Force for 20 years, Ken Hatfield for five and Fisher DeBerry for 23.
Now Troy Calhoun coaches the Academy, and the Falcons are growing less and less competitive. Calhoun's records are 9-4, 8-5, 8-5, 9-4, 7-6 and now 6-6, facing Rice in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Since placing second in the Mountain West Conference in Calhoun's first season, 2007, the Falcons have not finished higher than a tie for third.
Air Force does not go around firing coaches, and the Academy likes Calhoun. But Calhoun needs a victory over Rice to avoid a losing record and keep Air Force football from slipping even further into mediocrity.