Army football Oct 22, 2016; West Point, NY, USA; An Army Black Knights player wearing a helmet decal honoring defensive back Brandon Jackson (28) watches a game from the sidelines during the second half against the Army Black Knights at Michie Stadium. Jackson was killed in a car crash on Sept. 11, 2016. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

The sports world was struck with some huge news on Friday, as the ACC would be bringing in three new schools. One team joining the ACC, the SMU Mustangs, will be departing from the American Athletic Conference. And it seems like the AAC is wasting no time in figuring out who will be replacing them.

ESPN’s Pete Thamel broke the news on Friday that the AAC held a call on Friday following SMU’s departure. This call consisted of AAC presidents and athletic directors of teams still in the conference.

In this call, Thamel detailed that Army had emerged as the league’s top expansion target and that AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco has already begun exploring Army as an expansion candidate.

Thamel added that if Army does indeed join the AAC, it would be only for college football, which is similar to what Navy has done.

Fans took notice of this announcement and largely believe that it makes a ton of sense for Army to be an expansion candidate for the AAC.

For the AAC, they would have both teams in the annual Army-Navy game, which is undoubtedly one of the most storied rivalries in all of college football.

Thamel added that Army’s move to the AAC is not imminent and that details need to be worked out on both sides if they are going to go through with the move.

[Pete Thamel]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.