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Tuesday Morning Links (9.22.09)

Navy's players and coaches have accepted responsibility for the loss to Pittsburgh, writes Bill Wagner in the Annapolis Capital.

Navy fans were upset that music was played inside Heinz Field at the end of the game, drowning out the Midshipmen's singing of the alma mater. Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson wrote in an e-mail to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "It has come to our attention that a miscommunication at the end of Saturday's game led to some confusion during the singing of Navy's alma mater. We have the utmost respect for this honored tradition and sincerely apologize for any impressions to the contrary."

Western Kentucky Coach David Elson is under pressure from fans—the Hilltoppers have the longest active losing streak (11) in Division I-A—but Elson isn't going anywhere, says the Bowling Green Daily News. A wrap-up of Elson's Monday press conference can be found here.

Navy and Western Kentucky aren't just squaring off on the football field this weekend. Their mascots, Bill the Goat and Big Red, are facing off in the national match-up in the CapitolOne Mascot Challenge. Vote here.

By Camille Powell  |  September 22, 2009; 9:24 AM ET
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