Government shutdown could affect Duke football

Posted October 1, 2013

FILE: Navy Midshipmen mascot visits the ECU side for some posing during todays game.Navy defeats East Carolina 56-28 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville North Carolina. (Photos By Anthony Barham)

— 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.


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  • DEVILS1 Oct 2, 2013

    It was stated on the Dan Patrick radio show that some of the athletic departments staff including the AD have been sent home due to the shutdown. I feel that between the NCAA, ACC and the Mountain West Conference money can be distributed to make the AF/NAVY, ARMY/BC and (DUKE/NAVY next weekend) games take place.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Oct 2, 2013

    This is stupid. Something that earns so much money for the military academies should not stop.

    It is definitely political.

  • 903 sing Terry Watson sing Oct 2, 2013

    No reason for Air Force/Navy to be canceled...

    http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/service-academies-caught-in-game-of-political-football-100113 This is a con. But it's one with real consequences.

    Navy officials said that a final decision on Saturday's game will be made by Thursday morning. (The DOD must also decide on Army at Boston College.) But a source told me that if the shutdown isn't over by Thursday, then Air Force-Navy won't go on.

    But this game isn't a victim of the federal shutdown, as the media keep saying and the Department of Defense seems to be pretending. A source close to the situation told me that neither school would have to use any government funds to play the game.

    Canceling the Air Force-Navy game would be a PR move and nothing more. It's a political football that is actually a real football.

    This game is in jeopardy of being called off because politically it looks bad if the government can't provide services, but it can run a service academy football game.

    But people are still getting their food stamps and social security checks. The decisions about what has actually been shut down during this shutdown are all about politics. Forget about the whole essential/non-essential designation, these decisions are based entirely on political reaction.

    And the truth is that there is no real reason this game can't be played.

    Because of the way Navy's athletic department is set up, its employees, including coaches, aren't even government employees. The money used by the football team is not appropriated from the government. And Air Force? While plenty of its money is appropriated, plenty, including its TV money and football gate, is not.

    Just use that money, or the money from private donors who reportedly are already stepping up, or the conference money available to the school, and play the game. It is going to be a special moment in Annapolis, a record crowd for a game on CBS nationally.

  • DEVILS1 Oct 2, 2013

    Plus, Va. Tech, GT, Miami, UVA, WAKE and unc...not an easy schedule. Their gimme was NCCU, their toss up games were Memphis and Florida International.

  • DEVILS1 Oct 2, 2013

    No one is saying Bama is not good, but they play some much lower level teams just like everybody else, that Georgia St game this weekend for them is going to be a barn burner.....not. I just get sick of people acting like 'their' teams NEVER play lower tier competition several times a year. Anyway, this is a DUKE/NAVY story. Oh yeh, I am not one that brags about 6-6, it's improvement for a DUKE team that hasn't smelled that in a long time, a step in the right direction.

    GO DUKE!

  • 903 sing Terry Watson sing Oct 2, 2013

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    Duke wouldn't want to give up a home game revenue as well as having to deal with giving refunds to everyone that's bought tickets for the Navy home game. They would much rather get Fresno to fill the hole in their schedule that date (Fresno needs to find a 12th game as well) and just honor the Navy game tickets for the Fresno replacement game. Add to that that if they traveled to Navy there's no way Navy would cover travel costs, so that would be a huge expense that Duke hasn't budgeted for...

  • 903 sing Terry Watson sing Oct 2, 2013

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    Duke qualified for a bowl last year despite having FSU, Clemson, and Stanford on the schedule...

  • StunGunn Oct 2, 2013

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    Navy is allegedly not cancelling their home games - I wonder if teams like Duke would be willing to travel to play @ Navy. Sure, it gives Navy an advantage to have teams come to them, but I was just wondering if some teams would be willing to travel as opposed to cancelling the game. It might be difficult to find other teams to play this late in the season, and Duke is supposed to host Navy Oct 12th, I believe.

  • jmcdow2792 Oct 2, 2013

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    Yes the SEC teams are all ranked high when they play each other. Then at the end of the year many of them are not. Happens every year. Strange coincidence isn't it?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Oct 2, 2013

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    You STILL LOL'ing at RANKED Fresno State?

    You must double over with side-splitting pain at the mere mention of Alabama!




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