Johns Hopkins opts out of Face-Off Classic and Day of RIvals
Johns Hopkins’ involvement in the Face-Off Classic and the Day of Rivals – both at M&T Bank Stadium – has ended for now.
The Blue Jays have opted to move their games against Princeton and Maryland back to campus, which was first reported by D1scourse.typepad.com and confirmed by a Johns Hopkins school official Tuesday morning. Johns Hopkins is scheduled to travel to Princeton in late February or early March and then take another road trip to College Park in mid-April.
The program had signed a two-year contract prior to 2007 to meet Princeton in the Face-Off Classic and signed another two-year extension. The school had signed a two-year contract to face Maryland in the Day of Rivals. But after this past season, the university elected not to renew both contracts.
Similarly, the Army-Navy contest, which was the second game of the Day of Rivals doubleheader, will return to campus, a Navy school official said Tuesday morning. Army is slated to visit Annapolis in 2011.
Andy Bilello, the director of business development for Inside Lacrosse, which runs both the Face-Off Classic and the Day of Rivals, said he has engaged in initial discussions with Johns Hopkins, Maryland and other schools about their involvement.
"We are still determining dates, match-ups and vernues for IL’s events," Bilello wrote via e-mail. "Nothing is set and anything is possible. We could have the same events with different teams or we could have different events altogether. To be honest, this is the time of year when we are working through all of the variables and trying to develop our plans. I would not expect any announcements to be made before late August or early September."