Tennessee had to pull out of the Liberty Bowl due to COVID-19 issues with their program, and the natural solution was for Army — who got snubbed from making a bowl game despite a 9-2 record — to take their place. But this is college football, so what should happen does not always happen.
First, Brett McMurphy of Stadium reported that Army would want the game:
Army has told Liberty Bowl it will replace Tennessee but Black Knights are still waiting for matchup vs. West Virginia to be accepted by Liberty Bowl & WVU, sources told @Stadium
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 22, 2020
Then, West Virginia coach Neal Brown said they’re game:
We are game! Let’s play ball @ArmyWP_Football
— Neal Brown (@NealBrown_WVU) December 22, 2020
This is great news. While Army should have gotten a bowl game berth to begin with considering their record and considering some of the far worse teams that made bowl games, at least this looks like it is winding up with a proper solution.
Update: It’s official now:
— AutoZone Liberty Bowl (@AZOLibertyBowl) December 22, 2020