According to a report from the Associated Press, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will approve a request for the service academies to be able to play their scheduled football games. Brett McMurphy of ESPN first reported that Boston College Eagles football will play its home game against the Army Black Knights on Saturday as intended.
Air Force at Navy & Army at Boston College will be played Saturday as scheduled
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 2, 2013
For the previous two days, the status of the game had been in question due to the federal government shutdown. Thankfully, the players will not be held responsible for events out of their control.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern.
UPDATE: Not so fast.
Media reports that the game will be played on schedule have been downplayed by Athletic Director Brad Bates.
We have just learned that a decision on the status of the BC-Army game will not be made until tomorrow. We will continue to post updates.
— Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) October 3, 2013