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U.S. passport glitch only adds to potential problems for Conference USA

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One of the more difficult tasks in organizing and running a college football program may be the responsibility of arranging for the travel of the team. Throw in the need to get passports for all players and coaches and other staff members, and a headache probably enters severe migraine territory for those in charge of travel plans. Schools in Conference USA and the MAC are working now to ensure their programs would be prepared for a potential trip to the Bahamas this holiday season, but delays in receiving passports are not helping that cause right now.

As reported by NBC News, the U.S. State Department’s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, leading to even more delays in the process for many. Fortunately, Conference USA and MAC schools would not need the passports until December.

UAB head coach Bill Clark said at Conference USA media day this week his team is still working to get their passports. Although there is plenty of time between now and the Christmas Eve kickoff, now is the time to get in the required paperwork.

“They’re trying to get everyone in our conference to get passports,” Clark said to Al.com. “We have not (gotten our passports yet) but we need to get them. I’ve got mine, but we’ve got to get the players passports.”

Of course, every school in Conference USA needs to prepare for the possibility of playing in the Bahamas Bowl, not just one or two schools. The same is true for the MAC, so in all a total of 26 schools are likely scrambling to make sure they get the passport paperwork filed quickly, if it is not already submitted.

“Nobody else in the league had either,” Clark added. “Two of the coaches said to please remind our athletic directors that we’ve all got to get those. We’re planning on getting them.”

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2 Responses to “U.S. passport glitch only adds to potential problems for Conference USA”
  1. planecrashguy says: Jul 24, 2014 1:49 PM

    I brought this issue up the day certification of the bowl by the NCAA was announced. Also, no one is addressing the possibility one of the leagues won’t have enough bowl eligible team to meet their obligations. In that case, the game would either have to get a waiver from the NCAA to take a team with a sub-.500 record or cancel the game.

  2. dcroz says: Jul 24, 2014 8:07 PM

    UAB has nothing to worry about; they’ll be spending their holidays the same place they have for every year but one in their 22-season existence: on their couches at home watching the bowl games.

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