The agreement will feature teams from that conference in the 2014, 2016 and 2018 games to be played at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Naval Academy, soon to join The American, will receive the league’s bid to the 2016 game in Fort Worth as long as the Midshipmen meet minimum requirements to accept a bowl berth.
Navy (3-1) also is slated to play in this year’s Armed Forces Bowl, set for Dec. 30, pending bowl eligibility.
During the 2014-2018 seasons, the team from The American that plays in Fort Worth would face an opponent from the Big 12 or the Big Ten.
Brant Ringler, executive director of the Armed Forces Bowl, said officials were “thrilled” by the agreement with The American, a league that will feature an inventory of teams that includes Houston, SMU, Navy, Connecticut, UCF, Cincinnati, South Florida and others during the life of the contract with the Fort Worth bowl.
“We are looking forward to developing new relationships and hosting new teams to the Fort Worth area,” Ringler said.
American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco called the Fort Worth contest “an important addition to our bowl lineup.”
“It gives us a quality game against a strong opponent in a region that is a geographic fit with our membership,” Aresco said. “The opportunity to play a postseason game in the state of Texas is extremely attractive to us.”
_ Jimmy Burch