Dear Friends of Navy Athletics,
First, I want to express my sincere appreciation for the patience that you all have displayed as we work through the uncertainty that has prevailed specific to the fall football season. As you read daily, the landscape has been constantly changing as different scenarios emerge thus requiring the administration to revisit details that pertain to executing a safe, both on and off the field, game day environment.
As of this day, the American Athletic Conference has reinforced an intent to play football this fall. Currently we are joining the thinking and rationale of the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 conferences. The plan includes a significantly reduced capacity in the stadium and a wide array of comprehensive social distancing and safety protocols. However, with the recent declarations of not to play by a number of other conferences at the Division I FBS level, our AAC Presidents have decided to continue to study the landscape. Keep in mind, we are getting all our medical advice and counsel from some of the most respected medical authorities in the nation. I am confident that we will know exactly what the fall will look like very shortly.
As you would expect, the pandemic has created significant fiscal challenges for the NAAA which are of historic proportion. External revenue streams that have sustained our well funded championship programs are being altered and our continued ability to sustain the level of support for our coaches and midshipmen is in jeopardy. I will be sharing with you an opportunity and options for consideration when the football outlook is resolved. I am hopeful that all of our loyal fans and friends will keep an open mind in considering ways to assist our programs through this most challenging of times. Today, my only request is to keep an open mind and please remain a critical and loyal member of our team.
Keep the faith and expect to win,
Athletics Director, Naval Academy Athletic Association