In big service academy athletics updates this week, Air Force has added Navy to its football schedule for the fall season and the pair will meet Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. EST in Colorado Spring. It will be the Falcons’ solo home game of the season. Back towards the Hudson, this week’s Army game against BYU has been postponed due to a number of players testing positive for COVID-19.
Here are a few more links and news updates from Around the Base:
- Postponing Army game was ‘right and responsible thing to do,’ BYU coach says (Jay Dress, Desert News)
- College Football’s Biggest Rebuilding Project? The Schedule (Alan Blinder, The New York Times)
- Beretta saves Army football season (Ken McMillan, Times Herald-Record)
- Army linebacker Wilson Catoe on the fake punt decision against ULM: “It was a very nerve-racking moment. I knew I just had to keep the fundamentals — the last thing I wanted to do was drop the ball. Once I had it in my hands, I just wanted to reach the first down and the rest played out in our favor.”
- Former Army men’s lacrosse defenseman Tom Rigney makes his Major League Lacrosse debut this weekend with the Denver Outlaws.
- Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo blasts Pentagon decision to let Air Force play football (Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Star Bulletin)
- Navy football offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper non-committal about reopening quarterback competition (Bill Wagner, Capital Gazette)
- New Orleans is bracing for Hurricane Sally, but as it stands, the Navy-Tulane match-up is still on as scheduled. Tulane’s AD Troy Dannen spoke to Larry Holder at The Athletic about preparing the team days ahead: “We’re trying to do all we can to make sure the game gets played. With COVID, if you have an open weekend to get the game played, there’s no certainty beyond tomorrow.”
- Navy’s Rifle team announced its 2020-21 season with the first match against VMI on Sept. 26. Due to COVID-19, fans won’t be allowed to attend the Mids’ home matches.
- Air Force remains tight-lipped on details even as it begins promoting possible two-game football season (Brent Briggeman, Colorado Springs Gazette)
- Air Force football will honor African-American air pioneers Tuskegee Airman with special uniforms (Brent Briggeman, Colorado Springs Gazette)
- Is Air Force planning a two-game season (Jeremy Mauss, Mountain West Wire)