Army drops nickname Black Knights from athletics

When people think of Army football, they commonly refer to the proud tradition associated with the program.  They also consider the nickname the “Black Knights” attached as the team’s mascot.

Tuesday, however, the school formally dropped the term from the team’s name effective immediately.

Army will refer back to their former title the Cadets.

The school released a statement that they, “in partnership with Nike, will introduce a new brand and identity system that will include new logos, lettering and numerals showcased by all 28 athletic programs on Monday, April 13.”

Prior to the 1998 academic year, Army was recognized as both the Cadets and Black Knights before the school more formally adopted the Black Knights title.

Now, thanks in part to Nike, Army will drastically change both their name and appearance giving them a fresh start for the 2015 campaign.

Discussions regarding the nickname have been ongoing for some time now and finally came to fruition today as athletic director Boo Corrigan has been thought to be a major proponent for the movement beginning way back in November.

Army hopes the new moniker will spark a rebirth in their football program which has lost 13 straight games to arch-rival Navy.

They’ll take their first shot at returning the the trophy back to the service academy when the two teams take the field next December.  In the meanwhile, stay tuned in to Campus Sports for hot off the press pictures for when the new look jerseys are unveiled next week.

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