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Service academies games on hold
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 3:54 PM
Two college football games on Saturday -- Air Force at Navy and Army at Boston College -- are in danger of being canceled due to the government shutdown caused when Congress did not pass a spending bill to fund the government.
The Department of Defense announced Tuesday that is has suspended travel for intercollegiate athletic competitions at the nation's service academies due to the impasse, which put 800,000 federal workers on furlough.
A Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, says the suspension is being reviewed by Pentagon lawyers to determine whether funds used for these activities are congressionally appropriated funds.
The Air Force Academy announced that: "At this time, travel for all intercollegiate athletics is cancelled -- this includes the Air Force-Navy game on Saturday, 5 Oct." However, it's not clear from the statement whether the game was permanently called off, or if the game would be played as scheduled if the government's stalemate is solved in the next two days.
A spokesman for Navy said that a decision about its game against Air Force would be made by noon ET on Thursday.
"We have been in close communication with Army athletics officials regarding the potential impact of the government shutdown on this Saturday's football game," Boston College athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement. "Obviously our intention is to exhaust all possibilities to play the game and we will communicate the information promptly as soon as we have resolution."
The Air Force Academy said it would try to play home games, but that it was working with Mountain West Conference officials and other schools to reschedule games away from the school. But the Department of Defense said no games will be played as long as Congress fails to fund the government, which happened when the House and Senate couldn't agree on a spending bill by midnight on Oct. 1.
A men's soccer match between Navy and Howard that was scheduled for Tuesday night has been canceled.
Because of the shutdown, the service academies games are on hold.
Ohio St.'s actions are not unlike their lower intestine: stinky and loaded with danger.