Ellerson agrees to extension with Army

Army coach Rich Ellerson has agreed in principle to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Black Knights through the 2015 season, the school announced Tuesday.

In just his second season at the helm, Ellerson has led the Black Knights to their first bowl game since 1996, guiding Army to a berth in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against SMU on Dec. 30. Army (6-5) concludes its regular season against rival Navy on Saturday in Philadelphia.

With a win in either of those final two contests, Ellerson would become the first Army head coach to win at least 12 games in his first two seasons since Tom Cahill won 16 games in 1966 (8-2) and 1967 (8-2).

Last season, Army went 5-7 and finished just one win shy of a bowl berth. The last bowl that featured Army was the 1996 Independence Bowl.