The Midshipmen have one more game scheduled for Dec. 12 against Army in West Point, N.Y., where the annual event was moved after local safety guidelines prompted a venue change from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Cadets and midshipmen will be permitted to attend the game.
South Florida has one more game scheduled for Nov. 27 against Central Florida, so both teams have the first weekend of December open as a possible landing spot for a rescheduled game. Navy, however, is also trying to make up its other two postponed games.
The Midshipmen took a nearly two-week break from in-person football activities while dealing with the outbreak at Navy. They returned to the field Friday and had been preparing for USF this week, but they still didn’t expect to have their full roster available.
“Really excited about this game,” Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo said Monday. “Our practices on Friday and Saturday, our young men were just excited to get out of their rooms. Just that part, getting out of their rooms, some of our more spirited practices. Just the fact of being able to get out of their rooms is definitely beneficial for them.”
Niumatalolo spoke Monday about having to be flexible during a 2020 season that is different from anything college football has previously seen. From the cancellation of spring and summer workouts to no tackling in preseason practices to online position meetings, Niumatalolo has been consistent with his message.
“We’ve been dealing with this for so long, you just keep rolling,” he said. “The approach I’ve taken with our guys … I’d imagine when they’re overseas and they’re in deployment or they’re on a ship in the Middle East somewhere, things change. You might have a mission, and things change, and you adapt.
“I have no idea — that’s just me watching movies. I don’t know if that’s how it works. I’m just saying, you’re going to have to adapt in life. You’re going to have to adapt as a leader. And the circumstances might not be great. You may not have all your supplies or all the things you need, but you make the best of it.”