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Air Force Football - Anyone who doesn't feel an emotional tingle when the Air Force football team gathers after each game in front of the band and the cadet wing to sing the school's alma mater is not off to a good start with coach Troy Calhoun.

The quiet, emotional power of that moment is something Calhoun cherishes. The 1989 graduate of the academy joins the celebration and sings after each game.

"The third verse of the 'Air Force Song' hits home," Calhoun said. "I learned the words in the first three days I was here as a cadet in 1985. I've never forgotten them. I sing it a hair better after a victory. It's a time when you reflect on those who have sacrificed so we can enjoy the fruits and freedoms we have in this country."

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In four years as Air Force's head coach, Calhoun has seen his star rise. That's not surprising considering he has produced four bowl teams in those four years. The Falcons (8-4) play in the Independence Bowl against Georgia Tech (6-6) on Monday.

With the success comes attention. And interest from other college programs who have a job opening.

Calhoun, 44, was a top target of Colorado to replace Dan Hawkins, but he would not leave. His name has also been mentioned as a candidate for the Broncos' head coaching job.

Calhoun's response to every media inquiry about his interest has been no response.

"One of the freedoms we have is freedom of speculation," Calhoun said. "But I also have the freedom of choosing to not be a participant. In our country, you're able to change jobs. But it's also OK to be disciplined and honest."

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