Army impacted by Ivy League’s decision, home game vs. Princeton cancelled

Army’s 2020 football season is officially down to 11 games after the Ivy League elected to postpone fall sports until 2021 due to the coronavirus.

The Black Knights were the only Football Bowl Subdivision team affected by the move as Army was scheduled to host Princeton on Oct. 10 at Michie Stadium.

Army released a statement on the situation, noting no further decisions on scheduling will be announced until, “there is a clearer picture of what college athletics will look like come this fall. Army West Point hopes to have an announcement regarding schedule updates sometime in the near future.”

The release adds that Army is committed to preserving its 12-game football season in the fall semester.

“We are saddened to lose the opportunity to compete against Princeton this year, but we understand they did not arrive at this decision easily,” Army athletic director Mike Buddie said in the release.

According to the release, “The Army West Point Athletic Association) is not currently announcing any direct changes to the 2020 football schedule but it recognizes that adjustments will need to be made in order to fill the previously scheduled matchup with Princeton on October 10.”
 
“Our decision to compete this fall is inextricably linked to the mission of the Academy to support the 47-month cadet experience necessary to prepare our cadet-athletes for officership in the most elite Army on the planet,” Buddie said. “Unlike other programs, there is no option for our cadet-athletes to extend or make up for lost time in sports. If we can do so safely, I will do everything within my power to ensure they get that opportunity.”

Brett McMurphy of Stadium tweeted VMI could be a possibility to replace Princeton.

If Army elected to step up in competition, Syracuse has a bye on Oct. 10. If the Patriot League follows the Ivy League’s lead, Syracuse would lose its game against Colgate on Sept. 19 and create an opening to add a game.

If the Patriot League postpones its fall sports, Army will also lose its season opener on Sept. 4 against Bucknell at Michie Stadium.

Stay tuned in the ever-changing world of college sports.

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