The partial government shutdown that has caused many federal agencies and national parks to close up shop may cause Army’s game against Boston College Saturday to be postponed.
A spokesman for the Army athletic association said “no decision has been made on the game.”
According to a report on Yahoo “the Defense Department said it wasn't clear that service academies would be able to participate in sports, putting Saturday's Army vs. Boston College and Air Force vs. Navy football games on hold, with a decision to be made Thursday.”
If the game were to be suspended there is no word on whether it would be made up at a later date. The next Saturday that both Army and Boston College have off is Dec.7. Dec. 7 falls one week after the conclusion of BC’s current regular-season schedule and one week prior to the Army – Navy game.
Army athletic director Boo Corrigan was not making himself available for comment, but posted on the Boston College website was a statement by BC athletic director Brad Bates.
“We have been considering and engaging all possibilities in order to play Saturday's football game, including offering financial assistance to Army for travel. 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.”
Also at risk is the game between Navy and Air Force, one of the games that determines the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the service academy that wins the round-robin series among the three teams. Army is scheduled to play Air Force Nov. 2.
Army has had two other games cancelled – the men’s soccer game against LIU-Brooklyn Tuesday and the women’s soccer game against Colgate Wednesday.
Army football player Holt Zalneraitis is among the candidates for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards and a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy.
Zalneraitis, a senior defensive lineman from Round Rock, Texas, is one of 170 players who were nominated nationally with at least a 3.2 grade-point average, make a significant contribution to the football team and demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship.
The 2013 NFF National Scholar-athletes Awards are presented by Fidelity Investments while the prestigious Campbell Trophy, is endowed by HealthSouth and recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. Army’s Andrew Rodriguez won the award in 2011.
Zalneraitis has a 4.02 GPA as a Life Science major. In addition to playing in all five games this season with eight tackles and a sack, he is participating in medical-school interviews. He is one of 39 nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better.