Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.
Army will face archrival Navy in the 121st edition of the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA at 3 p.m. this Saturday at Michie Stadium. This will be the first time since 1943 that America's game will be played at West Point. The game will be televised on CBS.
Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening statement)
"Game week is finally here for the most anticipated game of the year and for a tremendous rivalry. Our team is really excited. We've been working really hard in our preparation and trying to get healthy and get a couple of injured guys back so that we can enter this game on Saturday with the best team possible. We know it's going to take a tremendous effort. It is always such a hard-fought battle and so intense. We are prepared for a really hard-fought football game. Hopefully, we can play well enough and execute enough to give ourselves a chance to win. That is always the case in this game. The emotion that charges everybody with trying to be their very best makes this an incredible competition and we are looking forward to it.
“We are excited we are able to play this game here for only the fourth time in history and for the first time since 1943 in the midst of another crisis, World War II. Certainly, this one is very different, but nonetheless it has pushed the game here to West Point and we are excited to host it and we want to do the very best to defend our home stadium. We are looking forward to Saturday. I know it will be a very good game against a very well coached football team. It's been a real battle for us every season that I have been here.”
(Ref.: On the significance of playing the game at Michie Stadium)
“In the first four meetings of these two teams, they took place on the campuses of the two schools. The first one was here and the third one was here and by the fifth game in this series, it was being played at a neutral site. Not until 1943, during World War II, we came back to West Point. The state of our world right now has forced the game away from Philadelphia and we needed a place to play to have our Cadets and their Midshipmen in attendance and because we are the home team and we were capable of pulling the game off here, we fortunately had the opportunity to host it. It will be special to play it here. It will be very nostalgic and really a great piece in the history of this rivalry.” Read more.