Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie has announced an agreement with the Charlotte Sports Foundation, owner and operator of the Belk Bowl, that could lead to Army participating in the Charlotte-based postseason game twice over the next six years, beginning in 2020. As part of the deal, Army will serve as a primary backup for the Belk Bowl and will have the opportunity to accept an invitation to the game twice during the next six-year bowl cycle that runs from 2020 through 2025.
"We are excited to have developed this opportunity with our friends at the Belk Bowl which will allow our cadets the chance to compete in Charlotte in the coming six-year cycle," said Buddie. "We are fortunate to be in a position to be an attractive option for Bowl games and that is a credit to our coaches and cadets who work hard every day to represent the US Military Academy in a first class manner on and off the field."
Just last month, Army announced future primary bowl agreements with the Independence Bowl and ESPN Events for the upcoming six-year bowl cycle. With those announcements, Army will have primary tie-ins with the Independence Bowl (even years) and an ESPN owned and operated bowl game (odd years) each of the next six years.
As part of those deals, Army will have the opportunity to exercise an "Acceptance Option" for a different bowl game, one time during each of the separate three-year terms -- once during the even years with the Independence Bowl and once during the odd years with ESPN Events. Army could exercise the "Acceptance Option" for the Belk Bowl or another game that extends an invitation to the Black Knights. Read more.