News From the Hill – Winter 2018

Little Army-Navy Game: The “Mug” Recommissioned.

Angelo Cofield ’18 enters Sabine Field bearing the U.S. Coast Guard flag. The game ended in a 13-9 win for the Coast Guard. In a post-game ceremony, the Coast Guard was presented with the fabled victory “Mug,” a trophy passed between the two teams since 1931.

On September 23, 2017, the United States Coast Guard Academy returned to the Hill for a Homecoming Weekend revival of the storied “Little Army-Navy” football rivalry. Energy rippled through the air as spectators packed into the stands, on the hillside, and along the railings. “This is so exciting for us,” said President Richard W. Schneider, a Coast Guard Academy graduate. “And I can tell you the students feel it the same way.” At typical football games, the rooks form a gauntlet through which the Cadets enter the field. This day, the upperclassmen took their place behind the rooks. “I have never seen anything like it in my 25 years as president,” he later said.

President Schneider fondly remembers, as a Coast Guard cadet, attending Norwich football games. “The Academy would put about half the regiment on a train to Northfield. And after the game, Norwich threw a dance for us that lasted until 11 at night. Then we marched back down to the center of town to get on the train. And we had to get back before Sunday morning because in those days, chapel was mandatory.” – JED

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