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Navy players and coaches on potential game cancellations
The Baltimore Sun and USA TODAY both reported Tuesday morning that this Saturday's Navy-Air Force football game could be in trouble due to the government shutdown.
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk told The Sun that the department of defense is suspending all service academy intercollegiate athletics due to the shutdown, and that puts the football game in possible jeopardy.
ESPN.com also reported Tuesday afternoon that Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said that Pentagon lawyers are reviewing the suspension to see if money used for these activities are congressionally appropriated funds.
Navy already has canceled a scheduled soccer game for Tuesday with Howard, due to the shutdown.
The Naval Academy put out a press release Tuesday afternoon saying that "the Naval Academy will cancel contests as appropriate and notification on Saturday's football game against Air Force will be made public prior to 12 noon on Thursday."
Gladchuk also told The Sun that "there is a significant possibility that the game will be either canceled or postponed." He also said in the article that there's going to be a sell-out crowd of about 40,000 in Annapolis and if the game was canceled, it would be a "setback of significant proportion."
The game also is expected to be a big one as CBS will televise it, and Navy plans to honor its famed 1963 Cotton Bowl team, the one led by Roger Staubach, at the game and during the weekend.
USA TODAY reported that Troy Garnhart, an associate athletics director for Air Force, told The Capital that upper-class cadets at his school are considered to be military personnel. That means they could be under travel restrictions during the shutdown.
The Denver Post is reporting that Dec. 7 could be a possible date to play the game if Saturday's contest is called off. Navy and Air Force both are not playing that day.
The Mountain West title game is scheduled for that day, but the Falcons probably won't have a shot at that since they're already 0-4 there. Navy's off because the Midshipmen play Army on Dec. 14