- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 22, 2005


Navy’s football game with Rice scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because of Hurricane Rita’s potential impact on the Houston area. The contest was rescheduled for Oct. 22 because both teams originally had that weekend off.

Rice has canceled all of its athletic events this weekend, home and away, in preparation for the storm. This is only the third time a Navy football game has been postponed. The Army-Navy game was pushed back a week in 1963 because of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the team’s 2001 contest with Northwestern was canceled because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The Midshipmen will play their next game Oct.1 at Duke, three weeks after their most recent game against Stanford. Navy has more players from Texas (24) than any other state. The Mids canceled practice yesterday but will get back to work today and go again Friday and Saturday.

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said he offered to play the game Sunday or in Annapolis, but Rice has a family weekend planned that also will be rescheduled for Oct.22.

Corey Masisak

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