ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Saturday’s Navy football game against Memphis has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases at the Naval Academy and the ensuing quarantine of student-athletes. Whereas Memphis and Navy do not share a common open date through the rest of the 2020 season, The American will consider a number of options with regard to the playing of the contest. Navy’s football activities are still paused. The Mids have not been on the field since Monday, Nov. 2 and have not had a regular practice since Thursday, Oct. 29.
“We are disappointed to have to postpone a second game, however protocols and guidelines are very comprehensive both at the Naval Academy and within the American Athletic Conference,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “There are a number of medical personnel that have reviewed all the related issues and, in the end, an administrative decision has been made that clearly reflects the safety and welfare of all involved with both institutions.”
Safeguarding the health and safety of our midshipmen, faculty, staff and coaches, and our extended Naval Academy family and the local community remains the top priority during this pandemic. We will continue to implement mitigating measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.