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Government shutdown could affect Notre Dame's schedule

SOUTH BEND – The government shutdown could alter how Notre Dame's schedule looks at the end of October and start of November.

The Irish are scheduled to play Air Force on Oct. 26 and Navy on Nov. 2, but the support staffs of the United States' service academies (Air Force, Army and Navy) are among the government employees furloughed because of the shutdown.

Air Force announced Tuesday that its game at Navy on Saturday was canceled as all travel for sporting events has been canceled during the shutdown. But Air Force said it would try to play all of its home games, but those games could also be canceled.

Notre Dame travels to play Air Force this season, and the Irish will play host to Navy.

"It was brought to my attention just before I came to the press conference that there was a question about that game (between Air Force and Navy) being played and that the impact as to whether it would have something to do with our game," Kelly said Tuesday. "We will find out more information and then get back with you folks."

If the games against Air Force and Navy need to be replaced on short notice, Kelly said the Irish would not be looking to fill the slot with an FCS opponent.

"Oh, I'd love to look at an FCS opponent," Kelly said with a laugh. "I would be one vote in a room with a lot of probably nos. I probably know how that's going to go."