Among the curious consequences of the Federal government shutdown on Tuesday was the Pentagon suspending intercollegiate athletics activities at the service academies.
For nearly 48 hours, that meant Air Force at Navy and Army at Boston College, football games scheduled for Saturday, were subject to disruptive and logistically complicated postponements.
"That would be a really difficult thing," said Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who was on the staff at Army for 17 years, including nine as the head coach. "You’re part of obviously a much bigger operation that this is affecting, but as a coach and a player there you’re thinking, `This is what I’m doing.’
"You probably don’t quite understand or grasp how we got thrown in this whole mess here."
Unlike the rest of the mess, though, at least this aspect of this one apparently has been resolved.
The Department of Defense announced late Wednesday night that the games would go on. But only with some creative assistance.
A source told USA Today that Air Force submitted a travel plan in which all travel expenses would be paid with non-government funds, and Boston College is providing financial travel assistance to Army.
"It looks like it’s been worked out, and it will go forward," Sutton said, smiling and adding, "With Air Force and Navy playing each other, I thought there’d be a little rattling going on at the Pentagon that might get something done. And I’m glad it did."