Government shutdown could affect Duke football
Posted October 1, 2013
Durham, N.C. — The government shutdown that went into effect at 12 a.m. Tuesday may also affect the Duke University football team.
According to multiple reports Tuesday, service academies have sent home non-essential employees, including those who work in sports departments. A representative at the United States Naval Academy told USA Today that the Department of Defense has “suspended all intercollegiate athletic competitions at the Service Academies.”
Navy was scheduled to play Air Force Saturday in Annapolis, Md., but according to a statement released Tuesday afternoon by the Air Force Academy, they have suspended all travel for intercollegiate events, including the football game Oct. 5. AFA said they will make every attempt to continue to play home games during the shutdown.
Duke is scheduled to play Navy in Durham on Oct. 12. That game is slated to be televised on WRAL starting at 12:25 p.m.
A statement from Duke on Tuesday said that there is no contingency plan as of now with the game still more than a week away.
Should the game be postponed, the Blue Devils could possibly reach out to Fresno State for a rescheduled contest in Durham, although no conversations between Duke and Fresno State have taken place.
Fresno State had their game against the University of Colorado cancelled two weeks ago due to the flooding in Boulder. Colorado has already added Charleston Southern to their schedule as a make-up opponent while Fresno is still short a game on their season schedule.
Multiple games involving the service academies in other sports have already been canceled, including a soccer game scheduled for Tuesday between Navy and Howard.
According to a statement offered to the Capitol Gazzette in Annapolis by Air Force Athletics Director Troy Garnhart, “upper-class cadets at the Air Force Academy are considered military personnel, which means they could be subject to travel restrictions under the shutdown.”
Army is slated to play at Boston College this weekend. No word has been released yet on the status of that game.