Service academy games in jeopardy because of government shutdown

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Army, Navy and Air Force might be forced to skip their football games next weekend because of the budget impasse in Congress.

The Defense Department temporarily suspended sports competition at the service academies Tuesday as a result of the partial government shutdown.

A Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, said the decision was being reviewed by lawyers to determine whether the funds used for such activities are congressionally appropriated.

Meantime, the suspension put a pair of college football games in jeopardy: Army at Boston College, and Air Force at Navy.

The U.S. Naval Academy said in a statement that a decision will be made by noon Thursday about whether the Midshipmen will play the Air Force. Navy’s football team did practice Tuesday.

Air Force associate athletic director Troy Garnhart said travel for his sports teams was being halted – including for Saturday’s football game at Annapolis, Md. A scheduled news conference with Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun and players was canceled Tuesday “due to the government shutdown,” according to a statement.

As for Army against Boston College, Boston College athletic director Brad Bates said: “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.”

CLEMSON: Coach Dabo Swinney says the third-ranked Tigers game against No. 8 Florida State on Oct. 19 will be designated a Breast Cancer Awareness game.

Swinney and his wife Kathleen’s All-In Foundation is also selling Awareness Tiger Paw pins this month with proceeds going to breast cancer research at Clemson and Anderson universities. Kathleen Swinney says funds would also help the St. Francis Hospital Mobile Mammography Unit which provides screening services throughout South Carolina’s upstate region.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.


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