Friday, January 05, 2007

Anchors aweigh...Navy out, Zips in for 2007

Bon voyage, Navy. Hello Akron.

The UConn and Navy football programs have terminated a four-game contract scheduled to start this coming fall and was supposed to see the schools meet each season through 2010, according to a source.

Navy defeated UConn 41-17 on Sept. 30 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, the return game of a two-game contract that saw the Huskies play at Navy in 2002. The new contract was slated to start this Nov. 10 at Rentschler, with two games there and two at Annapolis, Md.

According to the source, UConn will replace the Midshipmen with Akron this fall. Whether the game will be played on Nov. 10 is still undecided, but Rentschler Field will definitely be the site. UConn is still searching for opponents to replace Navy in 2008, 2009 and 2010, meaning the Akron game is almost certainly a one-year deal. An official announcement is expected to be made once the contract is finalized.

Navy has replaced UConn with a game at Bowling Green on Nov. 10.

Why the series with Navy was cancelled is unclear. One rumor was the Middies double-booked a date in 2008 and decided to drop the Huskies, which facilitated the other games being terminated. Another says it was UConn (perhaps still smarting from the September thrashing) that initiated the split. Both, however, are unfounded. For the time being, the reason for the split remains unknown.

The Huskies non-conference schedule for next season is now as follows (with 2006 records in parenthesis): Sept. 1 at Duke (0-12); Sept. 8 vs. Division I-AA Maine (6-5); Sept. 15 vs. Temple (1-11); Sept. 22 at Virginia (5-7) and vs. Akron TBA (5-7). Combined record of Division I-A opponents: 11-37.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no problem with this OOC schedule, we know how difficult the BE Schedule is. We'll have our share of tough games, with or with out a tough OCC schedule.

January 05, 2007 8:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Navy really did try to screw UConn over and it opened an opportunity to schedule games with a BCS program. That's an improvement and avoids the chop blocks.

January 06, 2007 2:11 AM 

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