Report: BYU to meet Army for the first time in September

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Army head coach Jeff Monken shouts in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. College football coaches are facing the daunting challenge of getting their players to maintain the required focus to prepare for season-openers when the prevailing question swirling around the sport is when, or if, the season will even be played because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

While neither team has revealed the addition to their schedule, it looks like BYU has added another game with a service academy.

According to the Times Herald-Record, BYU will play at Army Sept. 19. Army, a fellow independent, has never played BYU before, but this agreement could possibly be part of a home-and-home series.

During Tuesday’s media availability, following practice, coach Kalani Sitake could not confirm the news.

“I just know that [athletic director] Tom [Holmoe] is working hard to get our schedule,” Sitake said. “Until it is official, there is not really much to report.”

The Salt Lake Tribune is attempting to confirm the story.

The Cougars are set to kick off the season Sept. 7 at Navy.

Like BYU, Army has been trying to piece back their schedule after losing games against Buffalo, Oklahoma, Eastern Michigan, Princeton and Bucknell. The Cadets are scheduled to open the season against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 5 and continue the season at home for a Sept. 12 matchup with Louisiana-Monroe.

The Cougars are now looking at five games on their schedule: starting the season on the road at Navy and Army before hosting Troy on Sept. 26, Houston on Oct. 16 and North Alabama on Nov. 21.

“I think there has been a lot of talk about it, so we will see what happens in the next little bit,” Sitake said about the report surrounding a game with Army. “But I will just let Tom do his part, and I will do mine, which is coach these guys up.”