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Army Black Knights Football
Army Black Knights football
Army West Point logo.svg
First season1890
Athletic directorMike Buddie
Head coachJeff Monken
7th season, 49-39 (.557)
StadiumMichie Stadium
(Capacity: 38,000)
Year built1924
Field surfaceFieldTurf
LocationWest Point, New York
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
Past conferencesConference USA (1998-2004)
All-time record
Bowl record6–3 (.667)
Claimed national titles3 (1944, 1945, 1946)
Unclaimed national titles2 (1914, 1916)
RivalriesAir Force (CiCT)
Navy (rivalry, CiCT)
Notre Dame (rivalry)
Heisman winners3
Consensus All-Americans37
Current uniform
Army football uniforms.png
ColorsBlack, Gold, and Gray[1]
Fight songOn, Brave Old Army Team
MascotArmy Mules
Marching bandUnited States Military Academy Band

The Army Black Knights football team, previously known as the Army Cadets, represents the United States Military Academy in college football. Army is a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) member of the NCAA. The Black Knights play home games in Michie Stadium with a capacity of 38,000 at West Point, New York. The Black Knights are coached by Jeff Monken who is entering his eighth in season as head coach. Army is a five-time national champion, winning the title in 1914, 1916, and from 1944 to 1946.

With the exception of seven seasons (1998-2004) where the team was a member of Conference USA, Army has competed as an independent, meaning that they have no affiliation with any conference. As of the next college football season in 2020, Army is one of seven FBS schools whose football teams do not belong to any conference, the others being BYU, Liberty, New Mexico State, Notre Dame, UConn, and UMass, although Notre Dame announced they would be in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for all other sports Army is primarily a member of the Patriot League.

Three players from Army have won the Heisman Trophy: Doc Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946), and Pete Dawkins (1958).[2]

The three major service academies--Air Force, Army, and Navy--compete for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which is awarded to the academy that defeats the others in football that year (or retained by the previous winner in the event of a three-way tie). Army has won nine CIC Trophies, most recently in 2020.


Army's football program began on November 29, 1890, when Navy challenged the cadets to a game of the relatively new sport. Navy defeated Army at West Point that year, but Army avenged the loss in Annapolis the following year.[3] The academies still clash every December in what is traditionally the last regular-season Division I college-football game. The 2016 Army-Navy Game marked Army's first recent win after fourteen consecutive losses to Navy. From 1944 to 1950, the Cadets had 57 wins, 3 losses and 4 ties. During this time span, Army won three national championships.[4]

Army's football team reached its pinnacle of success during the Second World War under coach Earl Blaik when Army won three consecutive national championships in 1944, 1945 and 1946, and produced three Heisman trophy winners: Doc Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946) and Pete Dawkins (1958).[5] Past NFL coaches Vince Lombardi[6] and Bill Parcells[7] were Army assistant coaches early in their careers.

The football team plays its home games at Michie Stadium, where the playing field is named after Earl Blaik. Cadets attendance is mandatory at football games and the Corps stands for the duration of the game. At all home games, one of the four regiments marches onto the field in formation before the team takes the field and leads the crowd in traditional Army cheers.[8]

For many years, Army teams were known as the "Cadets." In the 1940s, several papers called the football team "the Black Knights of the Hudson." From then on, "Cadets" and "Black Knights" were used interchangeably until 1999, when the team was officially nicknamed the Black Knights.

Between the 1998 and 2004 seasons, Army's football program was a member of Conference USA, but starting with the 2005 season Army reverted to its former independent status.[9] Army competes with Navy and Air Force for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.

National championships

Army has won five national championships from NCAA-designated major selectors.[10]:108-115 Army claims the 1944, 1945, and 1946 titles.[11]

Year Coach Selectors Record
1914 Helms, Houlgate, National Championship Foundation, Parke Davis[10]:111 9-0
1916 Charles Dudley Daly Parke Davis[10]:111 9-0
1944 Earl Blaik AP, Berryman, Billingsley, Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, Helms, Houlgate, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling, Sagarin, Williamson[10]:111 9-0
1945 Earl Blaik AP, Berryman, Billingsley MOV, Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, Helms, Houlgate, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELOChess), Williamson[10]:112 9-0
1946 Earl Blaik Billingsley, Boand, Football Research, Helms, Houlgate, Poling[10]:112 9-0-1

Lambert Trophy

The Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy (known as the Lambert Trophy), established in 1936, is an annual award given to the best team in the East in Division I FBS (formerly I-A) college football and is presented by the Metropolitan New York Football Writers. Army has won the Lambert Trophy eight times; seven times under legendary head coach Earl "Red" Blaik in the 1940s and 1950s, and most recently in 2018 under head coach Jeff Monken.[12]

Year Coach Record
1944 Earl Blaik 9-0
1945 Earl Blaik 9-0
1946 Earl Blaik 9-0-1
1948 Earl Blaik 8-0-1
1949 Earl Blaik 9-0
1953 Earl Blaik 7-1-1
1958 Earl Blaik 8-0-1
2018 Jeff Monken 11-2

Bowl games

Army has played in eight bowl games. They have a record of 6-3.

Season Coach Bowl Date Opponent Result
1984 Jim Young Cherry Bowl December 22, 1984 Michigan State W 10-6
1985 Jim Young Peach Bowl December 31, 1985 Illinois W 31-29
1988 Jim Young Sun Bowl December 24, 1988 Alabama L 28-29
1996 Bob Sutton Independence Bowl December 31, 1996 Auburn L 29-32
2010 Rich Ellerson Armed Forces Bowl December 30, 2010 SMU W 16-14
2016 Jeff Monken Heart of Dallas Bowl December 27, 2016 North Texas W 38-31 OT
2017 Jeff Monken Armed Forces Bowl December 23, 2017 San Diego State W 42-35
2018 Jeff Monken Armed Forces Bowl December 22, 2018 Houston W 70-14
2020 Jeff Monken Liberty Bowl December 31, 2020 West Virginia L 21-24

Future bowl tie-ins

The NCAA's football oversight committee determined the number of primary bowl tie-ins for each FBS conference and FBS independent for the 2020-2025 bowl cycle using eligibility data from the 2014-2017 seasons.[13] The Black Knights received one guaranteed tie-in per year. On October 24, 2019 the West Point Athletic Department announced that they had agreed to a contract that placed their team, if eligible, in the Independence Bowl for three of the six years, with the remaining years being contracted to an ESPN Events-owned bowl.[14][15] Additionally, the contract contains a clause that allows Army the ability to accept a bid from a different bowl game once during the three-year agreement with the Independence Bowl and once during the three-year agreement with ESPN Events. Aligning with this, on November 5 Army announced that it had agreed to a secondary contractual tie-in with the Duke's Mayo Bowl.[16] It agreed that it would serve as the primary backup for the bowl and would have the opportunity to accept an invitation to the game twice during the six-year cycle. The Duke's Mayo Bowl's primary tie-ins for the 2020-2025 cycle are the ACC (all years), the SEC (odd years), and the Big Ten (even years); if any of those conferences were unable to place a team into the bowl during any of those years, Army would be extended an invitation to fill their place. The opponent conferences for the Independence Bowl were announced to be the Pac-12 and the American on January 30, 2020.[17][18]

Season Bowl Opponent
2020 Independence Bowl Pac-12
2021 ESPN Owned and Operated Bowl -
2022 Independence Bowl American
2023 ESPN Owned and Operated Bowl -
2024 Independence Bowl Pac-12
2025 ESPN Owned and Operated Bowl -

The Duke's Mayo Bowl can extend an invitation to Army once during the even years (2020, 2022, 2026) and once during the odd years (2021, 2023, 2025) to fill a vacancy as part of a secondary tie-in.

ESPN Events operates the following 15 bowls that Army could be invited to during odd years of the cycle:

Head coaches

Coach Years Seasons Games Record Pct.
Dennis Michie+ 1890, 1892 1 6 3-2-1 .583
Henry L. Williams 1891 1 7 5-1-1 .786
Laurie Bliss 1893 1 9 4-5 .444
Harmon S. Graves 1894-1895 2 14 10-4 .714
George P. Dyer 1896 1 6 3-2-1 .583
Herman Koehler 1897-1900 4 33 19-11-3 .621
Leon Kromer 1901 1 8 5-1-2 .750
Dennis E. Nolan 1902 1 8 6-1-1 .813
Edward Leonard King 1903 1 9 6-2-1 .722
Robert Boyers 1904-1905 2 18 11-6-1 .639
Henry Smither 1906-1907 2 10 7-2-1 .750
Ernest Graves, Sr. 1906, 1912 2 16 7-8-1 .469
Harry Nelly 1908-1910 3 22 15-5-2 .727
Joseph Beacham 1911 1 8 6-1-1 .813
Charles Dudley Daly 1913-1916, 1919-1922 8 74 58-13-3 .804
Geoffrey Keyes 1917 1 8 7-1 .875
Hugh Mitchell 1918 1 1 1-0 1.000
John McEwan 1923-1925 3 26 18-5-3 .750
Biff Jones 1926-1929 4 40 30-8-2 .775
Ralph Sasse 1930-1932 3 32 25-5-2 .813
Garrison H. Davidson 1933-1937 5 47 35-11-1 .755
William H. Wood 1938-1940 3 28 12-13-1 .481
Earl Blaik 1941-1958 18 164 121-33-10 .768
Dale Hall 1959-1961 3 29 16-11-2 .586
Paul Dietzel 1962-1965 4 40 21-18-1 .538
Tom Cahill 1966-1973 8 81 40-39-2 .506
Homer Smith 1974-1978 5 55 21-33-1 .391
Lou Saban 1979 1 11 2-8-1 .227
Ed Cavanaugh 1980-1982 3 33 10-21-2 .333
Jim Young 1983-1990 8 91 51-39-1 .566
Bob Sutton 1991-1999 9 100 44-55-1 .445
Todd Berry 2000-2003 4 41 5-36 .122
John Mumford 2003 1 6 0-6 .000
Bobby Ross 2004-2006 3 34 9-25 .265
Stan Brock 2007-2008 2 24 6-18 .250
Rich Ellerson 2009-2013 5 61 20-41 .328
Jeff Monken 2014-present 7 88 49-39 .557

+ Dennis Michie coached 1 game in 1890, and then coached a full season in 1892.


Commander-in-Chief's Trophy

Air Force, Army, and Navy have played each other every year since 1972 for the Commander-in Chief's Trophy. Air Force leads the FBS service academies with 20 victories, Navy has 16 victories, and Army has 9 victories, with the trophy being shared 4 times. Army is the current holder of the trophy.

Air Force

Air Force and Army meet annually and vie for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Air Force leads Army 37-17-1 through the 2020 season.[19]


Army and Navy play each other annually in the Army-Navy game, which is also a part of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. This series is one of the oldest and traditional rivalries in the NCAA. They first met in 1890, and have played each other annually since 1930. The games are generally played at a neutral site. Navy leads the series 61-53-7 through the 2020 season.[20]

Notre Dame

Notre Dame is a rivalry which some feel has fallen into obscurity. In much of the early 20th century, Army and Notre Dame were considered football powerhouses, and met 34 times between 1913 and 1947. Though the rivalry has slowed down, they last met in 2016. Many media members considered the 1946 contest to be the "Game of the Century".[21] Notre Dame leads the series 39-8-4 through the 2018 season.[22]

Michie Stadium

Michie Stadium is the home stadium of the Army Black Knights in West Point, New York, which was opened in 1924. The stadium is named after the first Army football head coach, Dennis Michie. In 1999 the field was renamed Blaik Field at Michie Stadium in honor of Former Coach Earl Blaik.


Alma Mater is the Army's school song. Army's fight song is On, Brave Old Army Team. Army also plays other organized cheers; Army Rocket Yell, Black, Gold, and Gray, and USMA Cheer.[23]

Army's mascots are the Army Mules. While dating back to 1899, they were officially adopted as mascots by USMA in 1936.[24]

College Football Hall of Fame

Name Position Years at Army Inducted
Charlie Daly QB 1901-1902 1951
Chris Cagle HB 1926-1929 1954
Ed Garbisch C/OG 1921-1924 1954
Elmer Oliphant FB 1916-1917 1955
Glenn Davis HB 1943-1946 1961
John McEwan C 1913-1916 1962
Doc Blanchard FB 1944-1946 1964
Paul Bunker HB/OT 1901-1902 1969
Harry Wilson HB 1924 1973
Barney Poole TE/DE 1974
Alex Weyand OT 1914-1915 1974
Pete Dawkins HB 1956-1958 1975
Harvey Jablonsky OG 1931-1933 1978
Bud Sprague OT 1926-1927 1979
Bill Carpenter TE 1957-1959 1982
Arnold Galiffa QB 1983
Doug Kenna QB 1942-1944 1984
Don Holleder 1985
Robin Olds 1985
Joe Steffy OG 1945-1947 1987
John Green OG 1943-1945 1989
Frank Merritt OT 1942-1943 1996
Bob Anderson HB 1957-1959 2004
Arnold Tucker QB 1945-1946 2008

Other notable players

President of the United States and General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower and General of the Army Omar Bradley were on the 1912 Army football team. Eisenhower was injured and his football career was over by 1913, when the two future generals were juniors. Bradley, a star of the Army baseball team for four years, was on the field in 1913 when Notre Dame upset Army in a historic college football game in which the forward pass was used for the first time. Bradley played end opposite the legendary Knute Rockne, the Notre Dame end who later coached the Irish to national championships before dying in a plane crash near Bazaar, Kansas, on Easter Friday in 1931.

Retired numbers

No. Player Position Career Ref.
24 Pete Dawkins HB 1956-1958 [25]
35 Doc Blanchard FB 1944-1946
41 Glenn Davis HB 1943-1946
61 Joe Steffy OG 1945-1947

Award winners

Doc Blanchard - 1945
Glenn Davis - 1946
Pete Dawkins - 1958
Earl Blaik - 1946
Tom Cahill - 1966
Tom Cahill - 1966
Bob Sutton - 1996
Jeff Monken - 2018[26]
  • Vince Lombardi College Football Coach of the Year
Jeff Monken - 2018[27]
Jeff Monken - 2018[28]
Glenn Davis - 1944
Doc Blanchard - 1945
Pete Dawkins - 1958
Joe Steffy - 1947
Andrew Rodriguez - 2011[29]
Doc Blanchard 1945
Arnold Tucker 1946
Andrew Rodriguez - 2011[30]
Andrew King - 2016[31]

Future schedules

Schedules as of November 21, 2020.[32]

Week 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033
Week 1 at Georgia State at Coastal Carolina at Louisiana-Monroe at Ball State at Marshall at Rice
Week 2 Western Kentucky UTSA Ball State at UConn at Kansas State Buffalo at Buffalo
Week 3 UConn at Tennessee at UTSA Tulsa at Tulsa at North Texas
Week 4 Miami (OH) Louisiana-Monroe at Syracuse Syracuse Liberty Syracuse at Boston College
Week 5 at Ball State Georgia State Dartmouth (FCS) at Syracuse North Texas
Week 6 at Wake Forest Boston College at Rice Marshall UNLV Cincinnati
Week 7 at Wisconsin Colgate (FCS) Troy UConn at Coastal Carolina Coastal Carolina UConn at Missouri at Missouri
Week 8 Wake Forest at LSU at UNLV at Tulsa Troy
Week 9 UMass
Week 10 vs. Air Force2 vs. Air Force2 at Air Force Air Force at Air Force Air Force at Air Force Air Force at Air Force Air Force at Air Force Air Force at Air Force
Week 11 Bucknell (FCS) at Troy at UMass Wake Forest Tulsa at UConn
Week 12 UMass UConn Coastal Carolina Wake Forest at Wake Forest at UMass UMass at UMass
Week 13 at Liberty at UMass UMass at Liberty at UConn at Troy
Week 14
Week 15 vs. Navy3 vs. Navy1 vs. Navy4 vs. Navy4 vs. Navy4 vs. Navy4 vs. Navy4 vs. Navy4 vs. Navy4
Week 16 vs. Navy4 vs. Navy4 vs. Navy4 vs. Navy4
  1. At Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
  2. At Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
  3. At MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  4. At TBD


Radio rights are held by the Army Sports Network.

Current broadcast team

Army Sports Network
  • Rich DeMarco (play-by-play)
  • Dean Darling (color analyst)
  • Tony Morino (sideline reporter)
  • Joe Beckerle (pre and post-game)

See also


  1. ^ Army Brand Guidelines (PDF). April 13, 2015. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Heisman Winners". The Heisman Trophy. Archived from the original on December 9, 2007. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Ambrose (1966), pp. 305-06.
  4. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p. 135, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  5. ^ "Trophy Winners". The Heisman Trophy. Archived from the original on December 18, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ "Biography". Official Website of Vince Lombardi. Archived from the original on 30 December 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  7. ^ Biggane, Brian (15 November 2008). "Bill Parcells is Dolphins' Godfather". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ Palka (2008), p. 197.
  9. ^ "Army Football to Leave Conference USA After 2004 Season". The Official Website of Conference USA. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 2009.
  10. ^ a b c d e f 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). The National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "2018 Army West Point Football Media Guide" (PDF). Army Athletics. pp. 73-75. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "ECAC Announces 2018 Football Teams of the Year and Lambert Awards". January 15, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "SEC, ACC lead NCAA's bowl tie-in list with 11 out of 79 total". ESPN. June 13, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Army Announces Agreements with ESPN Events and Independence Bowl for Next Bowl Cycle". USMA Athletic Department. October 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Army West Point to be Featured in Independence Bowl's Next Bowl Cycle". Independence Bowl. October 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "Army Reaches Deal with Belk Bowl from 2020-25". USMA Athletic Department. November 5, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ "Independence Bowl Conference Affiliations Announced". USMA Athletic Department. January 30, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ "Independence Bowl Ushers in New Era with 2020-2025 Bowl Agreements". Independence Bowl. January 30, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ "Winsipedia - Army Black Knights vs. Air Force Falcons football series history". Winsipedia.
  20. ^ "Winsipedia - Army Black Knights vs. Navy Midshipmen football series history". Winsipedia.
  21. ^ Boston College Even with Irish in Yardage, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 13, 1946.
  22. ^ "Winsipedia - Army Black Knights vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish football series history". Winsipedia.
  23. ^ "> Alma Mater & Fight Songs". Army West Point website.
  24. ^ "Army Mules". USMA Athletic Department. Retrieved 2020.
  25. ^ "Army Retired Jerseys". Army. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "Maxwell Football Club Announces Army West Point's Jeff Monken as George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year" (Press release). Maxwell Football Club. January 3, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  27. ^ "Monken Recognized as the Lombardi Coach of Year". USMA Athletic Department. January 8, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  28. ^ "Army Head Coach Jeff Monken Wins 2018 President's Award". Touchdown Club of Columbus. January 4, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  29. ^ "Rodriguez Wins 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy". USMA Athletic Department. December 6, 2011. Retrieved 2019.
  30. ^ "Andrew Rodriguez Wins Sullivan Award". USMA Athletic Department. March 20, 2012. Retrieved 2019.
  31. ^ "King Honored with Defender of the Nation Award". USMA Athletic Department. November 8, 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  32. ^ "Army Black Knights Future Football Schedules". Retrieved 2020.


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