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BC-Army Football Game In Limbo Due To Government Shutdown

Graham Beck / Heights Editor

Graham Beck / Heights Editor

Update: Bates confirmed today on Twitter that the game will be played.
“Thank you, fans, for your patience and understanding the past couple of days,” Bates tweeted. “Also, thanks to Army AD Boo Corrigan, who has been terrific.”

Update (2:13): Boston College has confirmed that no decision about the game has been made yet, despite the ESPN report.

Brett McMurphy of ESPN reported at 1:47 that the game will be played on Saturday as scheduled.

Update: Addazio says he is not letting the shutdown affect his team this week.

“Yesterday I heard it for the first time and I was like, ‘Huh? What?’ I don’t pay any attention to it,” he said after today’s practice. “Getting ready to play on Saturday, that’s all I know. Quite honestly I haven’t even addressed it with the team. I’m playing on Saturday. I’m not trying to play, like, mind games. We’re playing on Saturday. I wouldn’t even address it [with the team], because we’re playing on Saturday.”

Addazio was then asked if he’s seen the possible cancellation of the game affect his players.

“You might find this hard to believe, I have had no conversation with anyone about it. Here included. We’re going to play on Saturday.”

Update: Bates says bringing Army to the game on Saturday is not solely a financial issue:

“We have been considering and engaging all possibilities in order to play Saturday’s football game, including offering financial assistance to Army for travel,” Bates said in a statement. “We have been told by officials at the US Military Academy, however, that this is not solely a financial decision.  I remain in close communication with Army AD Boo Corrigan and we expect a decision will be made by noon tomorrow. We will provide an update as soon as we have more information.”


Update: Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, says the suspension of games is being reviewed by lawyers to determine if funds used for these activities are congressionally appropriated, according to the AP.

Boston College football’s matchup with Army on Saturday is in jeopardy due to the recent government shutdown.

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

BC is scheduled to host a revitalized Homecoming Weekend centered around the game.

The Department of Defense announced today that it has suspended all intercollegiate athletic competitions at the service academies. Air Force and Navy football are also scheduled to play on Saturday in a game televised on CBS. The status of that game will be announced before noon on Thursday, according to Navy.

The shutdown affects these two games because some upper-class cadets are considered military personnel meaning travel restrictions could apply to football players at the service academies, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

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