Navy looking for new opponent as Lafayette College cancels Sept. 12 matchup


Once again, the Navy football schedule has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

It was confirmed early last month that the Notre Dame-Navy football game, originally scheduled for Dublin, Ireland, would instead be played in Annapolis.  Nearly a month to the day later, Navy announced that its Week 2 matchup with Lafayette College has been canceled.  According to the service academy, “[t]he NAAA was notified [Thursday] that Lafayette will not bring back its football team to campus with enough time to meet medical advisory guidelines established by the FBS.”

The academy stated that they are already in the process of exploring a potential replacement game for that Sept. 12 date.

This serves as the second cancellation involving an FCS school from the Patriot League.

Western Michigan was scheduled to open the upcoming football season against Colgate on Sept. 4.  However, the Patriot League, Colgate’s conference, mandated late last month that all of its member schools not be permitted to travel by air or stay overnight in another locale.  As the distance between Hamilton, NY, to Kalamazoo, Mich., is nine-plus hours, WMU confirmed that it will now open the 2020 college football season against Stony Brook.  The game will still be played Sept. 4 at Waldo Stadium, the football home of the Broncos.