SAN DIEGO — SAN DIEGO -- As an independent, Navy doesn't have to wait for a conference championship to be determined to resolve bowl possibilities. It can plan years ahead to line up bowl commitments, and with that in mind athletic director Chet Gladchuk is hard at work.
The AD said yesterday that there are a lot of "ifs" to be worked out, but if the NCAA this April approves the newly proposed Congressional Bowl in Washington at either the Nationals' new baseball stadium or RFK Stadium, the Midshipmen will likely play in the new December bowl.
"But there is nothing in the bank on any front," Gladchuk said. "We're looking at every possibility as we do every year."
Gladchuk said he is also hoping to have Navy back at the Poinsettia Bowl in 2010, but said that while the Mids have proved a good bowl choice here, there is nothing definitive yet. He said he is also looking for a 2009 bowl.
Mark Neville, assistant executive director of the Poinsettia Bowl, said that the organization and Navy "is a natural tie," but that nothing has been made final.
"We've loved our relationship with the Naval Academy," Neville said. "And we're definitely working together" in discussions about 2010.
The Mids have sold 19,000 tickets for tomorrow night's Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium, where a crowd of more than 44,000 is expected. "As an independent, we have to work a little harder," Gladchuk said. "If the D.C. bowl is sanctioned, we would likely be there, providing we win enough games to be eligible."
The past three years, Navy has had a bowl promised by mid-January for the end of the year.