Stanford coach David Shaw sat his players down this week to make sure they understood this year's annual East Coast trip carries special meaning.
The matchup between No. 5 Stanford (1-0) and Army (1-1) at West Point on Saturday has a historical significance for the Cardinal and personal importance to Shaw.
In 1928, head coach and New York native Glenn "Pop" Warner took Stanford east of the Mississippi for the first time in a 26-0 loss against Army in front of some 86,000 fans at the old Yankee Stadium.
Shaw, whose father served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, also said about "10 to 12" of his current players — a roster with roots in 30 different states — have a family connection to the service academies.