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Lafayette football cancels guarantee game at Navy

The FCS payday game for the Leopards in Annapolis has been cancelled, and the downstream effects of Covid-19 begin

The Midshipmen in formation at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium before their game with South Florida on October 19th, 2019 Collin Sherwin

With the current state of college football still undecided at the FBS level, one FCS team is already taking matters into their own hands and cancelling games. The Lafayette Leopards of the Patriot League will not make the trip to their guarantee game against the Navy Midshipmen scheduled for Week 2 this season.

Navy sent a press release confirming the news:

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Lafayette College has notified the Naval Academy Athletic Association that its football program will not make the trip to Annapolis for the Sept. 12 contest.

The NAAA was notified July 2 that Lafayette will not bring back its football team to campus with enough time to meet medical advisory guidelines established by the FBS.

The NAAA is exploring a potential replacement game for the Sept. 12 date.

Lafayette finished 4-8 last season, 4-2 in the Patriot League including a season-ending win over rival Lehigh 17-16. It’s also the second change for the Middies already as their game against Notre Dame, originally scheduled for Dublin, Ireland, has already been moved to Annapolis and pushed back a week due to the pandemic.

There are still likely schools that wouldn’t mind a trip to Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and the several hundred thousand dollars that come with it, but it might require moving around parts of their current schedule. With so much of college football in flux, there will be more last minute alterations to the schedule across the board this season.

And for a sport that’s been trending towards scheduling games earlier than ever (can’t wait for Georgia-Ohio State in 2031!), this could make last-minute changes more challenging going forward. This could be the first step of a series of dominoes that will change everything around college football in 2020.

If there is a college football in 2020.