Army-Boston College update

Army is operating as if it will be playing its football game at Boston College Saturday despite the current halt to service-academy athletics due to the government shutdown.

The Department of Defense called for the stoppage of all athletic games at the academies Tuesday because part of their operations funding comes from the federal government.

A source said West Point personnel could be brief as early as Wednesday on the matter.

A directive from the Pentagon could be sent calling the game off.

The idea of a football game being played while some government workers are home not being paid may not sit well with the general public.

Army’s game could be partially tied to the Air Force-Navy game scheduled for Saturday in Annapolis.

Air Force sports information director Troy Garnhart told the Colorado Springs Gazette Tuesday,“Right now we’re not playing the game.”

The Gazette reported if the government is still shut down at 10 a.m. Thursday, the game will be cancelled or postponed.

Can’t see Army being allowed to play if the Air Force-Navy game is off even if Congress ends the shutdown after 10 a.m. Thursday.

Rich Ellerson and his team were on the practice field, which they are allowed to do during the shutdown, Tuesday.

If the game isn’t played this weekend, the game could be completely off. Army and Boston College do not share a bye week through November.

Boston College released a statement Tuesday from athletic director Brad Bates, “We have been in close communication with Army athletics officials regarding the potential impact of the government shutdown on this Saturday’s football game. 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.”


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