The service academy football teams are preparing to play this weekend’s games amid some uncertainty because of the partial government shutdown.
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk says he is providing more information to the Defense Department that shows the academy will not use government funds to play at Duke on Saturday. “No one has told us we can’t play,” he said.
Air Force plays at home against San Diego State on Thursday night. Army is home against Eastern Michigan.
The Defense Department last week temporarily suspended sports competition at the academies because of the budget impasse in Congress that led to the shutdown. But the academies were allowed to play football because no government money was used.
TV TIMES: Clemson’s showdown with Florida State on Oct. 19 will begin at 8 p.m. and will be shown on ABC-Ch. 6.
Both teams are currently undefeated and ranked in the top 10 of both polls.
TV times for other Oct. 19 football games were announced Monday: Georgia at Vanderbilt, noon (CBS-Ch. 12); South Carolina at Tennessee, noon (ESPN); and Syracuse at Georgia Tech, 12:30 p.m. (ACC Network).
NORTH CAROLINA: Jack Tabb will be suspended for the first half of next week’s game against No. 13 Miami following his ejection in the weekend loss at Virginia Tech. Tabb is a tight end who started at linebacker against the Hokies and played both ways Saturday. But he was ejected with 4 minutes left for throwing a punch during a kickoff return.
On Monday, team spokesman Kevin Best announced the suspension, which is required by an Atlantic Coast Conference rule for fighting.
LOUISVILLE: Coach Charlie Strong said that leading receiver DeVante Parker will be a game-time decision and is day-to-day with an injured right shoulder.
TEXAS TECH: Coach Kliff Kingsbury said quarterback Baker Mayfield’s knee has no structural damage after the freshman went down in the No. 20 Red Raiders’ win at Kansas.
The first-year coach said Monday the injury doesn’t “appear to be a season-ending type.”
AUBURN: Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said linebacker Cassanova McKinzy’s status is uncertain for the Western Carolina game.
MICHIGAN: Defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins will miss the rest of the season after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees during Saturday’s win over Minnesota.