The Mountain West Conference is not happy about the Army-Navy game remaining on its standalone date of the second Saturday of December.
MWC commissioner Craig Thompson was arguing for the game to be moved from the beginning and now he's taking shots at the game while still trying to seem patriotic. Thompson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
"I'm a full American. I'm all in favor of the Army-Navy game. I think it's a tremendous athletic event, but it's disruptive to 128-plus other FBS schools."
This is an obvious case of the MWC trying to undermine a rival Group-of-Five conference in the American Athletic Conference and trying to prop up their service academy member, Air Force, over the soon-to-be AAC member Navy.
The Army-Navy game as a standalone contest places the Naval Academy in the limelight and acts as a great recruiting tool for both academies. Now the AAC stands to make some revenue and get in on some of that spotlight action that the Army-Navy game promises.
Obviously, a fellow Group-of-Five conference doesn't want competing conference to have any sort of exposure it doesn't have. Yet, Thompson's claims that delaying the announcement of Navy's bowl tie-in is disruptive to the FBS are ludicrous. Here's what he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
"Let's say everything is delayed a week. That gives a Mountain West team seven days, from Saturday to Saturday, to go to the Las Vegas Bowl. It's hard enough now on Dec. 5 having barely a couple of full weeks to get ready for it. One week would be, c'mon."
So, seven days is the argument? Isn't that the time MWC teams almost always have to get ready for games? That doesn't even take into account Navy has the same amount of time as well, and they have to travel from Annapolis to Las Vegas in this hypothetical situation.
Navy's AD Chet Gladchuk said that the game would not be moved even if it meant surrendering a chance to play in the College Football Playoff.
But Thompson doesn't mention that because he has an agenda to push.
An agenda that the Army-Navy game is now suddenly bad for college football despite the sport's disregard for tradition all in the name of making money.
You don't have to go that far to find the MWC's own cases of money over matter. The conference gives out bonuses based on the amount of times a team makes it on a nationally televised channel. So a school like Boise State made a disproportionate amount of the conference's bonuses while UNLV made literally nothing.
Boise State is promised $900,000 in bonuses regardless of how good or bad the team is and how many games it plays on ESPN, CBS, and the like.
But the Army-Navy game not budging from its traditional spot of a standalone game is the problem.
When Thompson complains about what is wrong with college football maybe he should look in the mirror.