By Harry Allison

Navy wasn’t physically prepared to play BYU on Monday after not tackling during preseason practices and the result was an  ugly 52-point loss.

Coach Ken Niumatalolo took “1,000 percent” of the blame for choosing the extreme safety measures in practice in an effort to avoid a spread of covid-19.

That’s the exact scenario Temple coach Rod Carey wants to avoid.

So, the game between Navy and Temple at Annapolis has been pushed back two weeks from Sept. 26 to Oct. 10 at the Owls’ request.

“We saw this coming,” Carey said.  

“We saw this coming with the things that we have to do and haven’t been able to in practice. We saw this coming three, four weeks ago. That’s why I put these wheels in motion to move this back, buy us some time, get a planned pause here. Kind of re-bubble ourselves, if you will, because we’re not ready yet.”