The federal government shutdown could ground Air Force’s football team and force the cancellation of Saturday’s game against Navy.
The Annapolis (Md.) Capital reported that “upper-class cadets at the Air Force Academy are considered military personnel,” from an interview with Troy Garnhart, an associate athletics director at Air Force. That means the government shutdown’s travel restrictions could affect the team.
Nothing had changed as of early Tuesday afternoon, Naval Academy spokesman Scott Strasemeier told USA Today. The Capital reported that the schools will announce a decision by noon Thursday.
The sold-out game between Navy (2-1) and Air Force (1-4) is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. and be televised on CBS. Army’s game at Boston College on Saturday also is in danger of being canceled by the shutdown.
The Department of Defense “has suspended all intercollegiate athletic competitions at the Service Academies,” according to a release on the Naval Academy’s athletic website.
USA Today reported that Air Force coach Troy Calhoun was forced to cancel his weekly news conference, which usually is held on Tuesday.
Here’s Garnhart’s email regarding Calhoun’s news conference, according to USA Today:
“Due to the government shutdown today’s press conference with head football coach Troy Calhoun and selected football players is cancelled. Should the government shutdown end we will look at rescheduling. There will be no media availability with coach Calhoun or players today.”