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Why not get College GameDay into the 2022 Army-Navy game?

College GameDay has been at the annual Army-Navy game every year since 2014 but will not be in Philadelphia in 2022. Why is this happening?

Given an independent Saturday each season, there is nothing like the annual Army-Navy Game. When facing off against the Black Knights and Midshipmen, it’s always a massive spectacle as cadets and military alike congregate at a large no-man’s-land for a game full of lore and centered around three-choice that everyone agrees with and respects.

One of the things that has made the scene so special in recent years is ESPN sending the College GameDay crew to wherever the game is being played, even though the network does not carry the broadcast. They’ve done it every year since 2014 and seeing all the students, fans, and families in attendance (and the chill challenge) creates an electric atmosphere.

But unfortunately, that won’t be the case for the 2022 Army-Navy game. There are no GameDay rosters or plans for the GameDay crew to be in Philadelphia for the game on Saturday, December 10th. The big question you have to ask is why.

The Army and Navy game will not have a College GameDay there. Here’s why

There was no specific reason why College GameDay would not be located outside of Lincoln Financial Field or anywhere in Philadelphia for Saturday’s game. Having said that, ESPN’s Saturday morning staple is undergoing some changes.

Chris Valica (aka Bear) is leaving ESPN after this season for another platform. Meanwhile, the legendary Lee Corso has been plagued with health issues all season and missed several shows throughout the year. So it is very likely that both workers would have played a GameDay game that would not be taking part in an Army-Navy game in cold Philadelphia conditions. We can only hope that the decision does not stem from the fact that both teams have had years of stagnation.

Still, it’s a shame it won’t happen in the 2022 Championship for this historic rivalry, but hopefully it’s something that won’t become a trend and we’ll see a GameDay return to give the Black Knights and Midshipmen a run at the end of the 2023 season.

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