Carrier Classic Not Returning To San Diego This Fall Due To Lack Of Active Navy Ship
Morale Entertainment, the group that promoted the North Carolina-Michigan State Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on the USS Carl Vinson last November, “confirmed Tuesday it won’t hold the 2012 event in San Diego due to unavailability of an active Navy ship,” according to Mark Zeigler of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. However, the group hopes “to take the game elsewhere.” The organization said that it “has a contract with 2011 NCAA champion Connecticut to play in the 2012 Carrier Classic and has plans for a women’s game featuring Notre Dame." Meanwhile, a separate San Diego-based group “has expressed interest in hosting a game on the USS Midway Museum in San Diego Bay on Nov. 9.” It would “have a different name and involve San Diego State against a high-profile opponent” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 2/29). Morale Entertainment Founder & Dir Mike Whalen said that his group "hopes to finalize an opponent and venue in the next few weeks” (AP, 2/28).