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Navy Inks 2012 Deal With Emerald Bowl

Navy announced on Thursday that has reached an agreement to play in the Emerald Bowl in 2012, should it be eligible, meaning it has locked up deals to play in bowls through the 2013 season.

If it is eligible, Navy will play in the Texas Bowl this season, the Poinsettia Bowl in 2010, the EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium in 2011, the Emerald Bowl in 2012 and the Armed Services Bowl in 2013.

“Appearing in Houston, San Diego, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Dallas/Fort Worth will continue to highlight our ambition to reach our fans all over the country," Navy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement. "Dating back to 2003, Navy Football is now assured the opportunity to appear, if eligible, in 11-straight postseason games through the 2013 season."

Navy last traveled to San Francisco for the Emerald Bowl in 2004, scoring a 34-19 win over New Mexico.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  September 10, 2009; 12:20 PM ET
 
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All it shows is that any six win team, even one with a marginal schedule like Navy's (a couple of top teams and the rest fair) can get a bowl appearance. All the early signing does is show which bowl, and make it easier to sell tickets and make travel plans.

Posted by: ggreenbaum | September 11, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

All it shows is that any six win team, even one with a marginal schedule like Navy's (a couple of top teams and the rest fair) can get a bowl appearance. All the early signing does is show which bowl, and make it easier to sell tickets and make travel plans.

Sort of like Notre Dame and the BCS. It also takes pressure of the Navy coaching staff to be anything but mediocre. And how many 7-5 and 8-4 teams will lose out on bowls because of these kinds of agreements?

Posted by: oldwolf53 | September 11, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Marginal schedule??? Did Navy not just play Ohio State (and almost beat them)? They also have Wake, Pitt, Notre Dame (which Navy never gets to play at home), Air Force... If you want to look at schedules, Florida, the 1 team, plays two 1AA schools, and plays only LSU as a real tough game.. Navy went from like a 0-11 season to making these bowl games... I would like to see another team who has done that...

Posted by: bmulholl | September 11, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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