ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Navy and Cincinnati will meet for the first time Saturday since 1956, yet both coaching staffs are quite familiar with each other.
Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell previously served as defensive coordinator at Ohio State and faced Navy twice - in Columbus to open the 2009 season and in Baltimore in 2014.
In each instance, Fickell had the entire preseason to practice for Navy's unique triple-option. Knowing how difficult it is to prepare for the tricky attack, Cincinnati's first-year coach built an option period into practices this August.