Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper will coach in Saturday’s Army-Navy game, according to Navy football spokesman Scott Strasemeier, after uncertainty earlier in the week about the coach’s availability.
Jasper missed practice Wednesday to be with his son Jarren, who is awaiting a heart transplant. He returned to practice Thursday.
Jarren, 14, had a regularly scheduled appointment Wednesday during which there might have been a complication, according to Strasemeier. Jarren has been waiting for a heart transplant since August, a result of complications from surgery to correct an abnormally fast heart rate.
According to Strasemeier, Jarren was not admitted to the hospital and had another appointment Friday, which went well enough that Jasper felt comfortable coaching in Philly this weekend.
Saturday’s game, the 118th meeting between Army (8-3) and Navy (6-5), will kick off at 3 p.m. and pits the Midshipmen’s rushing offense, ranked second nationally at an average of 347.5 yards, against the Black Knight’s top-rated rushing offense (368.1 yards per game). The Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy winner will be decided at the Army-Navy game for the first time since 2012.
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