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There's still a chance that Army, Navy and Air Force could play their scheduled games this weekend, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.

The academies are awaiting approval by the Secretary of Defense to play despite the partial government shutdown resulting from the budget stalemate in Congress. The schools set noon Thursday as the deadline to make a final decision.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the defense department had suspended all intercollegiate athletic events because of the federal government shutdown.

ESPN reported that non-government funding would pay for the cost of each team playing its scheduled games. The schools also have received outside offers to help with travel costs, a source told ESPN.

Boston College athletic director Brad Bates offered to assist Army, which travels to face the Eagles on Saturday.

"We have been considering and engaging all possibilities in order to play Saturday's football game, including offering financial assistance to Army for travel," Bates said in a statement. "We have been told by officials at the U.S. Military Academy, however, that this is not solely a financial decision. I remain in close communication with Army AD Boo Corrigan and we expect a decision will be made by noon (Thursday)."

Navy plays host to Air Force on Saturday in Annapolis, Md. The game already is a sellout. The two teams have met each year since 1972.

Division III Coast Guard will play its scheduled home game against Western New England on Saturday. Lt. Paul Rhynard, a Coast Guard spokesman, said the Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security and making its own decisions on home athletic events.

---Texas quarterback David Ash will miss another game because of a head injury, according to a report.

The junior will sit out Thursday night's Big 12 matchup against Iowa State and Case McCoy will start in his place, OrangeBloods.com reported Wednesday.

Ash originally was injured in the Longhorns' loss to BYU in early September and missed the next game against Ole Miss. He returned to start in Texas' win over Kansas State on Sept. 21 but left that game with an injury.

In three games this season, Ash has completed 53 of 87 passes for 760 yards and seven touchdowns with two interceptions.

McCoy started in Ash's place against Ole Miss and completed 24 of 36 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. He has connected on 36 of 57 passes for 330 yards this season.

The Longhorns are 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12 entering Thursday night's game.
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