A year ago, Michigan State played North Carolina on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson Veterans Day in San Diego. I wasn't there (Gary Parrish got the plum assignment while I was in West Lafayette covering the return of you-know-who), but by all accounts, it was one of those unforgettable moments. Even President Obama was in attendance.
It went so well that it became a fad of sorts, with three different aircraft carrier games popping up for this Nov. 9. Ohio State plays Marquette on the U.S.S. Yorktown down in Charleston, S.C. Georgetown will play Florida off the coast of Jacksonville and Syracuse is slated to play San Diego State on a retired aircraft carrier in San Diego.
It's become, well, overkill.
However, the San Diego Union-Tribune has reported that the game between the Jim Boeheim's program and the Aztecs, a pair of Top 20 preseason teams, is in danger of being canceled.
The newspaper reported on Friday that the fan fest, the charity concert and the gala dinner -- which are all connected to the game on the Midway Museum -- have been called off already. Multiple sources also told Mark Zeigler that the game could be next.
"We're in discussions with the schools and we're optimistic we can find a solution," Fox Sports spokesman Chris Bellitti told the Union-Tribune.
Syracuse spokesman Pete Moore told CBSSports.com that he has not been informed anything about the game being canceled.
"As far as I know, it's still on," Moore said.
It sounds as though the promoter and sports commission have been unable to generate national sponsorships for the game, which is slated for 4 p.m. local time on Fox Sports Net, will be held on the U.S.S. Midway and will hold about 4,000 people.
Tickets for the game -- which is just 35 days away -- are reportedly going for as much as $1,000.