After beating service academy rival Air Force Saturday in Annapolis, Navy (3-1) is planning to play Duke this week, Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said Sunday night.
The Midshipmen are scheduled to play the Blue Devils (3-2) Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C., but the ongoing federal government shutdown complicates the matter.
Gladchuk said that he was with several high-ranking officials from the Navy and the Naval Academy during the game Saturday and the subject of the team’s next game was never raised.
“No one’s told us that we can’t play the game and we’re proceeding on playing the game unless someone calls me or the superintendent and says otherwise,” Gladchuk said. “I don’t want to minimize the issue or the angst in the difficult times we’re all having ... Tomorrow I’ll know better because the chief of staff [of the academy] will have directives for the faculty and staff at large.”
Gladchuk said that he is aware that a directive went out Sunday from the U.S. Department of Defense ordering a large number of non-military personnel who had been furloughed last week back to work.
Congress had passed a bill shortly before the shutdown that allowed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to authorize payment for some 400,000 workers, including some civilians.
Gladchuk reiterated what he said last week when there was question as to who would pay for the game against Air Force, and how the Falcons would be able to travel from Colorado Springs. Navy won the game, 28-10, before a record sellout crowd of 38,225 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
“We don’t spend a single time nor have we in decades for football – it’s non-government money,” Gladchuk said.
The football team wasn’t the only Navy team to play over the weekend. The women’s rowing team competed in the Oyster Bay regatta on Long Island Sound and the rifle team hosted – and won - the Navy Invitational.
Other sports events were postponed and have been rescheduled. Gladchuk said he will know more about the resumption of those sports on Monday.
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