The Times-Herald has an interesting article on "Why Army Football Matters":
These are tough guys preparing to face a tough world. They want to go against the best, and not fall back on any excuses like the special academic circumstances at Army that limit recruiting, or the fact a cadet's life is hardly the same as a basket-weaving major at Gridiron State.
To those closest to it, there's just no imagining life without Army football.
I'm not sure what has changed since the '80s when Army had both "special academic circumstances…that limit recruiting" and appearances in bowl games.