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The Navy Midshipmen have declined an automatic bid to the inaugural college 7s national championships in College Station, Texas Dec. 16-17 because the event clashes with the Naval Academy's final exams schedule and was never on the team's budget. The Midshipmen won the automatic bid by claiming the Empire 7s title earlier this month.
Navy becomes at least the 11th team (UCLA, Boston College, Penn State, Dartmouth, Utah, LSU, Delaware, Bowling Green, Iowa and BYU are the confirmed others) who either turned down a bid to the championships or made it clear to the board they would do so if offered one.
Arkansas, who finished fourth at SEC 7s, have been extended an at-large invite to the championships and are expected to accept. That leaves one more bid to be claimed. Nebraska is expected to receive that offer. If the Huskers turn it down, the competitions committee will have to go back to the drawing board.