- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2001

ANNAPOLIS Jeff Gaddy scored the first touchdown of his collegiate career Saturday. And his family couldn't return to campus with him to celebrate.

Such has been life the past two weeks at the Naval Academy, which has been under lockdown since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon. The academy stood at condition "Charlie," meaning no visitors were allowed on campus, until yesterday, when the status was downgraded to "Bravo." Normal condition is "Alpha."

"Going from 'Charlie' to 'Bravo,' you can escort guests on campus," said Gaddy, whose 49-yard touchdown catch opened the scoring in Navy's 38-21 loss to Boston College at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. "You can come to sporting events on the yard. It helps us get into a normal rhythm daily. It's a big thing to have relatives come, and then they can't get [on campus]… .

"A month ago, anybody was able to get on campus… . It's a tourist attraction. There are tours all the time. It's out of the ordinary not to see people walking around."

Security was so tight it took Chet Gladchuk 20 minutes to get in the front gate Monday, his first day as Navy's athletic director. Gladchuk, who made the 22-hour drive from Houston with his wife and two of his daughters Thursday, Friday and Saturday he didn't make it in time for the Midshipmen's loss to his alma mater had to wait while the guards checked out his credentials. Then, after picking up a pizza, his wife had problems getting back on campus.

The increased security also gave Navy coach Charlie Weatherbie some recruiting problems. Twelve potential recruits attended the game against the Eagles. Weatherbie met with them in a tent at the game but couldn't bring them back to see the campus.

That, of course, changed with yesterday's downgrade. Visitors can enter the academy grounds with a valid picture ID from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for any scheduled academy event, such as a soccer game.

"I think anytime you can have some normality, it helps you get ready for anything, whether it's a football game or for work everyday," said Weatherbie, whose team has two weeks to prepare for what's sure to be a patriotic game against Air Force at FedEx Field on Oct. 6.

As normality returns to the academy, it also returns to the football team in the form of starting quarterback Brian Madden. Madden missed Navy's last 13 games the entire 2000 season because of an ACL tear in his right knee and the first two games this season because of a suspension after he was arrested in the theft of a parking meter.

Against the Eagles, the senior gave the Mids their first semblance of offensive flow since the end of 1999, rushing for 106 yards on 32 carries and completing four of nine passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. After being blown out by Temple and Georgia Tech in the first two games, the Mids managed to remain competitive against Boston College.

"One guy can definitely make that kind of difference," Gaddy said. "He stepped up, doing what we knew he could do to put us at ease."

Note The open week should allow several players, including linebacker and team captain Jake Bowen (sprained left foot) and slot back Gene Reese (hamstring), to recover from injuries, Weatherbie said.

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