Sept. 10, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md.--Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that Navy has reached an agreement to play in the 2012 Emerald Bowl against an opponent from the Pac-10 if Navy is bowl eligible.
This will be Navy's second trip to San Francisco for a bowl game. In 2004, 18,000 Navy fans, including more than 2,000 midshipmen, jammed what was then Pac Bell Park to see Navy defeat New Mexico, 34-19.
"Based on our visit in 2004, we have seen first hand that the Emerald Bowl is a magnificent overall environment and event," said Gladchuk. "San Francisco, the stadium, community hospitality, the bowl administration and the beauty of Northern California present as fine a postseason experience as we could possibly enjoy. The Academy is sincerely grateful to Gary Cavalli and his staff for inviting us back and setting the stage for our team to earn an enjoyable trip to the West Coast and an inspiring matchup versus the Pac-10.
"We're excited about our partnership with Navy," said Emerald Bowl Executive Director Gary Cavalli. "This agreement guarantees a high quality matchup for our fans, title sponsor and television viewers around the country. The combination of Navy against a Pac-10 opponent gives us a perfect blend of local and national appeal, top-notch football and pageantry."
With the Emerald Bowl agreement in place, the Naval Academy has locked up a postseason game through 2013. Navy is committed to play in the Texas Bowl in 2009, the Poinsettia Bowl in 2010, the EagleBank Bowl in 2011, the Emerald Bowl in 2012 and the Bell Helicopter Armed Services Bowl in 2013.
"The Emerald Bowl commitment in 2012 completes our postseason bowl partnerships for the next five years," said Gladchuk. "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. Dating back to 2003, Navy Football is now assured the opportunity to appear, if eligible, in 11-straight postseason games through the 2013 season. This streak speaks volumes to the unwavering commitment the Academy and our fans have made to encourage and motivate our coaches and student-athletes to maintain a football program that has earned the distinction of being one of the nation's finest, both in the classroom and on the field."
"It is extremely exciting for our football program to know that if we take care of business on the field we have a postseason home through 2013," said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo. "Playing in such diverse locations such as Houston, San Diego, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Dallas/Forth Worth will be a major boost for us on the recruiting front as well."
Navy has currently strung together six-consecutive winning seasons as the Midshipmen have compiled a 51-26 (.662) record since 2003 with six-straight bowl appearances. With wins over both Air Force and Army in 2008, Navy earned its sixth consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, tying the record for consecutive trophies won.