Shutdown could stop Air Force’s game at Navy

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.”

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October 2nd, 2013
5:18 pm

The US DoD probably has a contingency plan to invade any country on the planet (they invaded a small Caribbean island in the 80’s on 2 days notice) and they don’t know whether to play some football games???
They saw the shutdown coming weeks ago and now they have no plan?

No grandstanding involved on this one – no sir

P.S. Wallace

October 2nd, 2013
5:04 pm

Basically, the academy athletic associations could make these games happen without government funds, and I write for the benefit of the newspaper staff, who can easily confirm these things (if my sources are correct). A conscious decision is being made to cancel games that could be put on without government funds, and that is something that could be verified. I also know–for a fact–that at least one non-essential NALO flight happened during the 1996 shutdown, and it happened to prevent a minor political problem for Hillary Clinton.

I know this because I was on that flight.

My argument is that the DOD could make this week’s games happen if they wanted to, perhaps by simply letting the private AAs take care of it, as they do everywhere. The DOD won’t allow that, for whatever reason. A real news organization could verify that statement, right or wrong, true or false.

Right or wrong, true or false. We shall see.


October 2nd, 2013
10:51 am

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