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PHOTO: Patriots loan Navy football team plane to get to Liberty Bowl

New England Patriots football team's plane, loaned to the Naval Academy football team on Dec. 26, 2019. (Naval Academy Athletic Association/Released)

The Navy football team traveled in style to Memphis for its Liberty Bowl matchup with Kansas State.

The No. 23 Midshipmen will face the Wildcats in Memphis on Tuesday, and they got to Tennessee with the help of the New England Patriots, using the team’s jet.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick grew up in Annapolis — where his father, Steve, was an assistant coach for Navy — and regularly roots for the Midshipmen. Close friends with Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, Belichick has occasionally visited the team or welcomed Navy’s coaching staff to see behind the curtain of the Patriots’ operation.

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The Midshipmen will try to secure their 11th victory of the season at 3:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The Liberty Bowl will be televised on ESPN.

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