A source close to the discussions confirmed to The Gazette that Thursday’s football game between Air Force and San Diego State will be played as scheduled after initially being postponed because of the government shutdown.
However, no public announcement has been made on the matter long after a Tuesday afternoon deadline came and went.
“Game on,” the source told The Gazette in a text message, adding later that it was official.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Aztecs had not heard anything in the way of a public confirmation.
“We feel like we are going to play for sure. We haven’t been told like we are for sure yet, but we’re preparing like we’re going to play,” Aztecs coach Rocky Long told the paper.
According to the Union-Tribune, Aztecs spokesman Mike May said the school had gotten “positive feedback from the Air Force Academy and is continuing preparations to leave Wednesday morning for Colorado Springs.” It also reported that San Diego State stood to lose around $125,000 if it had to cancel its charter flight and fail to fill a block of reserved hotel rooms.
Air Force cancelled its afternoon football press conference and did not make players or coaches available to media after practice, which was the plan in the absence of an official go-ahead on the game.
The 7 p.m. game will be broadcast by CBS Sports. It was initially on hold because government appropriated funds were not available and the logistics of putting on the contest without those funds had to be officially approved by lawyers and the Secretary of Defense.
The source was less optimistic about efforts to reinstate other sports at the academy.