'Army-Navy will prevail': Navy AD offers optimism for nation's biggest rivalry game
While there still remains an incredible amount of uncertainty regarding the college football season in 2020, Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk is offering some hope regarding the outlook of one of the nation’s biggest rivalry game.
Joining the Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network on Tuesday, Gladchuk offered an optimistic perspective on the annual Army-Navy football game, held every December. He remains quite confident the game will be played, even with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Even in World War II, we found a way to play the Army-Navy game,” Gladchuk told Finebaum. “The nation can be assured that, at least, Army-Navy will prevail.”
"Even in WWII, we found a way to play the Army-Navy game…The nation can be assured that, at least, Army-Navy will prevail."
—@NavyFB AD Chet Gladchuk remains optimistic that one of CFB's biggest traditions will go on in 2020
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 21, 2020
It’s a refreshing sense of optimism for sports in the fall, despite the ongoing uncertainty.
Already, some conferences (at the lower NCAA divisions) have pushed fall sports to the spring. The B1G and Pac-12 have announced conference-only schedules for the 2020 season. Fan attendance is expected to be limited or non-existent. This year will look much different than what we’re accustomed to seeing.
Still, there’s some optimism that college football will be played in some capacity, even given the current climate. More decisions on the future of the sport, and all fall sports, are expected in the coming days.
The Army-Navy game has been played 120 times. Navy leads the all-time series 61-52-7. The Midshipmen defeated the Black Knights 31-7 last season, ending Army’s three-game winning streak in the rivalry.