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Army heads to Liberty Bowl, but it shouldn’t have been any game’s backup plan

Military’s soccer staff was wrongly omitted of a bowl sport Sunday when the matchups have been introduced, however organizers of the Liberty Bowl helped to rectify that injustice Monday night by turning to the Black Knights to save lots of their sport.

The 9-2 squad was excluded from a bowl sport whereas 5 SEC groups with dropping data obtained bids due to the convention’s bowl affiliations. In the long run, it was a kind of SEC losers — Tennessee (3-6) — that opened the door for Military; the Vols dropped out of the Liberty Bowl on Monday afternoon due to COVID-19.

Tennessee announced on Twitter that it was suspending staff actions and ending its 2020 season. ESPN reported head coach Jeremy Pruitt, assistant coaches and a number of gamers tested positive for the coronavirus, leaving the Volunteers unable to play within the Dec. 31 contest in Memphis towards West Virginia (5-4) of the Massive 12.

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Sources informed ESPN that Military and Mississippi State (3-7) have been the highest two candidates to switch Tennessee within the Liberty Bowl. The Black Knights rightfully obtained the decision over the Bulldogs.

Military gamers have been screwed out of a visit to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., a sport to which that they had a contractual tie-in, as a result of a number of Pac-12 schools opted out of playing in bowl games, which left the Black Knights with out an opponent.

Rewarding the Army Academy’s staff for a incredible season with a visit to Memphis — a way more favorable vacation spot than Shreveport — is a good gesture that followers throughout the nation will respect. It is only a disgrace that it took the top coach of a mediocre soccer staff getting COVID-19 to provide them that chance.


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