With the announcement that the Army Black Knights would replace Tennessee as the second representative in the 62nd AutoZone Liberty Bowl, the excitement levels started to rise on both the national spectrum and within the local media here in Memphis. Sure, some of the hype might have been the excitement around Army getting the chance to play in a bowl game, but a large part of the excitement came from the matchup with West Virginia. Not only will the matchup on the field be one of the best we have seen all season, but these two programs bring a culture of excellence on and off the field to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. These two programs eluded to the standard of excellence in the press availabilities on Sunday and Monday.
For the Black Knights of Army, this will be their first trip to Memphis, Tennessee, to play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Although unfamiliar with the mid-south, Army football is a household name. The Black Knights have won three National Championships and produced several Heisman Trophy winners. Army at West Point is a program where every athlete on the field will go on to serve their country with the highest honor and dignity. Head Coach Jeff Monken holds his group of men to the core values of West Point; ” Duty, Honor, Country.” With these core values, Coach Monken has built an Army program that resembles the Black Knights of old, those of which that won three National Championships. With these core values, Army is the perfect fit for the 62nd annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
For West Virginia, they’re looking to make their mark in the landscape of College Football, with the AutoZone Liberty Bowl being ground zero of that climb. Since day one of the Neal Brown era, Coach Brown has adopted the ” Trust The Climb” way of thinking into his program. After talking with their Offensive Coordinator on Sunday, it’s evident that the culture of Mountaineer football has changed dramatically for the better in year two of the Neal Brown tenure. Like their opponent, West Virginia is the perfect fit for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl game.
These two programs will entertain on the field with an exciting college football matchup, but they will also represent their respected universities with the utmost levels of class and dignity. College Football fans from across the country will be in for a treat when they tune in to the 62nd annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Thursday afternoon live from the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. They will see two programs that represent everything that makes College Football so great, from the traditions of the Army Black Knights to the nitty-gritty way of doing things for the Mountaineers. Thursday’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be one for the ages.
The 62nd annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl will get underway, Thursday, December 31st, with a 3:00 PM central time kickoff on ESPN.