NCAA: Navy is 1 win from bowl eligibility

Confusion is cleared up over required I-A victories

College Football

November 05, 2003|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

The NCAA has removed any doubt about Navy's postseason football possibilities by declaring that the Midshipmen, who need one victory to clinch their first winning season since 1997, will become bowl-eligible with their next win.

There had been some recent confusion regarding Navy (6-3) and how its independent status would affect its drive toward postseason eligibility.

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said he was told by an NCAA official that the Mids would need seven victories over Division I-A opponents, because Navy has no conference affiliation.

NCAA bylaws stipulate that any school with a winning record and six I-A victories qualifies for a bowl bid. Navy has beaten five I-A schools so far, and also has defeated Virginia Military Institute, a I-AA school.

"Navy would be a deserving winning team if it got to seven wins, with six of them against I-A opponents. That's the rule. Any other interpretation is incorrect," said Stephen Mallonee, the NCAA's Division I associate chief of staff.

Navy has games remaining against Notre Dame, Central Michigan and Army. The Mids probably need to win two of those games and finish 8-4 to solidify their bowl chances.

"I don't even worry about that stuff," Navy coach Paul Johnson said. "We just have to keep winning, and everything else will take care of itself."

Next for Navy

Matchup: Navy (6-3) vs. Notre Dame (2-6)

Site: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind.

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: Chs. 11, 4/WJFK (1300 AM), WNAV (1430 AM)

Line: Notre Dame by 8

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