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Army-Penn State Opener is Still Questionable

Government Shutdown Had Jeopardized Game

CHN Staff Report

Army sporting events will go on as planned, clearing the way for the team to open its season. Meanwhile, Air Force's status remains unclear.

Athletics at the nation's service academies had been suspended by the Defense Department in light of the federal government shutdown. Some sports teams already have had games cancelled. The situation put into jeopardy the start of the hockey season for Army and Air Force, and threatened to upset plans for Penn State to unveil its new arena.

But the government announced that the football games between Air Force and Navy, and Army and Boston College would go on as planned, because those programs are not funded by the government. In addition, the rest of Army's athletic teams can continue playing.

However, after initial word was that Army hockey was cleared indefinitely, in fact, only the team's exhibition game this weekend has been cleared. That means next weekend's opener at Penn State, Friday, Oct. 11, remains up in the air.

The situation at Air Force is still unclear, too. Most of Air Force's athletic department are military, including the team's assistant coaches, and they are now on furlough because of the shutdown.

Most of Army's athletic department are civilians.

Air Force is supposed to open its season with an exhibition game against New Brunswick on Monday, then play two games in Alaska on Oct. 11-12 to open its regular season.

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