Army to play Rutgers in 2011

Updated: July 22, 2009, 3:57 PM ET
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com

Back in its glory years, Army regularly played college football games at Yankee Stadium.

The Black Knights are about to become a Bronx staple again.

On Wednesday, Army officials said they have agreed to three more games at the new Yankee Stadium, starting with Rutgers on Nov. 12, 2011.

The Black Knights will play Air Force at Yankee Stadium in November 2012 and Boston College in November 2014.

This is in addition to the Army-Notre Dame 2010 game that was announced on Monday. That will be the first-ever college football game played at the new ballpark, which opened in April.

"If you're a young man thinking about the service academies, this is part of the equation," Army coach Rich Ellerson said.

Notre Dame will be the home team in next year's game, but Army will serve as the home team in the following three games.

Rutgers played NYU regularly at Yankee Stadium in the 1920s and 1930s, with its last game in the old ballpark coming in 1948.

The Black Knights' opponents are hardly complaining about the change in venue. Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh flew in for Wednesday's news conference at the ballpark.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano succinctly explained the benefits for his school: "Two words -- Ray Rice." The former Scarlet Knights star running back, who now plays for the Baltimore Ravens, hails from New Rochelle, N.Y., about 15 miles from the stadium.

"It sends a good message in a state where we've had a lot of success recruiting," Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti said.

Army also announced a new television deal with CBS College Sports Network for 2010-14. The contract will allow the Black Knights, who wanted to avoid weeknight games, to play all of their home games on Saturday afternoons.

Brian Bennett covers the Big East for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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