posted on Nov, 22 2004 @ 06:28 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- For only the second time in school history, Navy is going to a bowl in back-to-back seasons.
Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk announced Monday that the team has accepted an invitation to play in the Emerald Bowl against either New
Mexico or Wyoming.
"Bringing our football team to one of the best cities in the world is as good as it gets," Gladchuk said. "The Navy, Marines, our alumni and fans are
preparing to 'invade' San Francisco with a winning spirit and a sincere sense of appreciation for being selected."
Last season, Navy (8-2) went to the EV1.net Houston Bowl to face Texas Tech. The last time the Midshipmen went to bowl games in consecutive years was
1980-1981 when they played in the Garden State and Liberty Bowls.
"This is exciting news for our football program," Navy coach Paul Johnson said. "I couldn't be happier for our players and coaching staff in getting
this opportunity. These young men have earned this through their dedication in the weight room and on the practice field."
Navy is off to its best start since 1996, and a victory over Army on December 4. A win over the Black Knights would give the Midshipmen nine regular
season victories for the first time since 1963 when Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach led them to a 9-1 mark.
"We're thrilled that Navy has accepted our invitation," Emerald Bowl executive director Gary Cavilli said. "Navy was being courted by a number of
other bowl games throughout the country, and we're honored that they have decided to come to San Francisco."