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Navy agrees to play in 2013 Bowl game

So we’re going to start scheduling the college football post season four years in advance? From AP-

Navy has signed an agreement to appear in the 2013 Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Tex.

The Armed Forces Bowl has featured a military theme since 2006. Air Force has appeared in the past two games held at Amon G. Carter Stadium. This year’s game, slated for Dec. 31, will match teams from Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference.

As an independent, Navy has no bowl ties but has earned six straight bowl berths. The Midshipmen played in the Houston Bowl (2003), Emerald Bowl (2004), Meineke Car Care Bowl (2004), Poinsettia Bowl (2005, 2007) and EagleBank Bowl (2008).

While I served in the Navy for 10 years, and was a fan of the football program when George Welsh was its head coach, the 2013 Armed Forces Bowl isn’t serving to me as a bowl game any more but an extension of the regular season. What if Navy has a losing record, or even go winless. Will they still play?

Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk has already signed an agreement for the Midshipmen to appear in the Texas Bowl in Houston this year.

See what I mean and a Annapolis Gazette blog says Navy has committed to playing in bowl games for 2010 and 2011 also. The Service academies have many loyal alumni and that makes them attractive for a bowl game but I still can’t understand this scheduling.

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