Navy AD suggests winner take bowl Army-Navy 'intrigues' Independence official

ATLANTA — ATLANTA -- Navy did everything it had to do to stay in the postseason hunt by rallying to beat Georgia Tech yesterday, but the best an Independence Bowl representative could offer was a "wait-and-see" promise.

"This was a very impressive win for them," said Ken Antee, the bowl's vice chairman, after the Midshipmen boosted their record to 8-2. "It will make their [Dec. 7] game with Army huge."


Army (9-1) and Navy are two of several teams Antee and his fellow scouts are considering for their New Year's Eve game in Shreveport, La. One spot is reserved for the fifth pick in the Southeastern Conference, with Auburn and Louisiana State still in the running.

"We've got a lot of ways to go with the other team," Antee said. "We're also looking at Wyoming [9-1] and Wisconsin [6-5]. But right now, the Army-Navy game is very intriguing."


Said Navy coach Charlie Weatherbie, who has turned the football program around in two years: "I believe this Navy team has the right stuff to play and win a bowl game. But we've still got to take care of business in a couple of weeks."

Navy athletic director Jack Lengyel said he will be working the telephones tomorrow, talking to bowl officials around the country to determine how Navy might figure in their plans.

"My personal opinion is that the winner of our game with Army should get the Independence Bowl bid," he said. "Hopefully, they would announce that before the game is played."

But Lengyel is keeping his options open.

"The Aloha and Copper bowls are still possibilities, depending on how things shake out in the Big 12 Conference with their fifth-place team," he said.

The Texas-Texas A&M; game on Friday could help clarify the bowl picture. But Navy's best chance lies in beating Army, a feat that has eluded the Mids the past four years.

Bowl glance

Thursday, Dec. 19, at Las Vegas Bowl


Nevada (8-3) vs. Ball State (8-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Blue-Gray Classic

Wednesday, Dec. 25, at Montgomery, Ala.

Blue vs. Gray, Noon (ABC)

Aloha Bowl

Wednesday, Dec. 25, at Honolulu


Pac-10 fourth vs. Big 12 fifth, 3: 30 p.m. (ABC)

Liberty Bowl

Friday, Dec. 27, at Memphis, Tenn.

Houston (7-4) vs. Big East fourth, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Carquest Bowl

Friday, Dec. 27, at Miami


Big East third vs. ACC fourth, 6: 30 p.m. (TBS)

Copper Bowl

Friday, Dec. 27, at Tucson, Ariz.

WAC second vs. Big 12 sixth, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Peach Bowl

Saturday, Dec. 28, at Atlanta


ACC third vs. SEC fourth, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Alamo Bowl

Sunday, Dec. 29, at San Antonio

Big Ten fourth vs. Big 12 fourth, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Holiday Bowl

Monday, Dec. 30, at San Diego


WAC champ or Wash. vs. Big 12 3rd, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Heritage Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Atlanta

MEAC vs. SWAC, Noon (ESPN)

Sun Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 31, at El Paso, Texas


Pac-10 fifth-y vs. Big Ten fifth, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Independence Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Shreveport, La.

SEC fifth vs. at Large, 3: 30 p.m. (ESPN)

Orange Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Miami


No. 4 vs. No. 6 from Alliance pool, 6 p.m. (CBS)

Outback Bowl

Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Tampa, Fla.

SEC third vs. Big Ten third, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Gator Bowl

Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Jacksonville, Fla.


ACC second vs. Big East second, 12: 30 p.m. (NBC)

Cotton Bowl

Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Dallas

Wash. or WAC-z vs. Big 12 2nd, 12: 30 p.m. (CBS)

Citrus Bowl

Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Orlando, Fla.


Northwestern vs. SEC second, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Rose Bowl

Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Pasadena, Calif.

Arizona State vs. Ohio State, 4: 30 p.m. (ABC)

Fiesta Bowl

Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Tempe Ariz.


No. 3 vs. No. 5 from Alliance pool, 8 p.m. (CBS)

Sugar Bowl

Thursday, Jan. 2, at New Orleans

No. 1 vs. No. 2 from Alliance pool, 8 p.m. (ABC)

Note: y-has option of choosing ACC or Big East team if it has better overall record than any available Pac-10 team; z-chooses first between WAC Champion and Washington; Holiday Bowl gets the other team.

Pub Date: 11/24/96