- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A glimmer of apparent good news in the midst of the government shutdown has been … shut down.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Naval Academy’s Twitter account sent out a message reading: “Game on! #BeatAirForce” and followed minutes later with a tweet reading “We’ll see you at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium this Saturday at 1130 or on CBS #CICtrophy #BeatAirForce”

One or both messages were quickly retweeted numerous times, but the celebrations didn’t last long. Just before 2 p.m., those two tweets had been deleted, with a new one if their place:

“ALL - No decision has been made regarding the Navy-AFA Football game. We are investigating the source of previous tweets. CDR John Schofield”

Schofield is a public affairs officer for the Naval Academy.

Another tweet from @NavalAcademy soon followed: “We apologize for any confusion on this account regarding the Navy-AFA football game. There is no decision. Previous tweets were erroneous.”

Earlier Wednesday, Navy announced Wednesday night’s women’s soccer game at American University had been canceled because of the shutdown.

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said Tuesday that he and his staff were operating on a rolling half-day basis in determining the status of athletic events, but a decision about the football game had to be made by noon Thursday because of travel and logistics.

Wednesday morning, Boston College released a statement from athletic director Brad Bates regarding its game against Army:

“We have been considering and engaging all possibilities in order to play Saturday’s football game, including offering financial assistance to Army for travel. We have been told by officials at the US Military Academy, however, that this is not solely a financial decision. I remain in close communication with Army AD Boo Corrigan and we expect a decision will be made by noon tomorrow. We will provide an update as soon as we have more information.”

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