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09.08.05: CSTV, DISH satellite service finally strike deal
09.07.05: Pirates capture two of league's three awards ... Tulane teams to carry on at five host schools ... Two players jailed on murder charges
09.06.05: Conference USA Schedule and Scoreboard ... N.C. Central wins thriller in Aggie-Eagle Classic
09.05.05: College football headliners: stars & storylines ... Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.04.05: Dave Odom brings back lessons from Kuwait ... Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.03.05: ECU's "Total Access" expected to launch today ... Uprooted Green Wave to "carry the torch" ... Storm-trapped sister of UCF player found safe ... Sun Belt evacuates New Orleans headquarters
09.02.05: Green Wave football team in limbo about future ... Southern Miss sets up ad hoc camp in Memphis ... Thursday night's college football scoreboard
09.01.05: Pirate QB's second shoulder surgery a success ... East Carolina fans on the verge of Total Access
08.31.05: Katrina blows Tulane-USM game into November ... Frosh guards round out ECU hoops roster
08.30.05: Pirates set for reunions with Deacons, Seahawks
08.29.05: New home offers lavish new perks for Louisville
08.28.05: Wooden pulls out of Wooden Award ceremony
08.27.05: NCAA issues 'heads up' on new spearing rule ... Huggins ouster speeds up Cincy AD's departure
08.26.05: ECU's Moore sole Carolinas player on Butkus list ... New BCS voters panel already in for shakeup
08.25.05: Mayo's destination has well-worn path to ECU ... NCAA adds extra year to Gamecocks' probation

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Tulane-MSU game shifted out of harm's way

STARKVILLE, MS — The Mississippi State-Tulane football game scheduled for Sept. 17 will be played in Shreveport, LA, Mississippi State officials said Thursday.

The game was scheduled to be played at the Superdome in New Orleans, but the city and the facility were damaged last week by Hurricane Katrina.

Mississippi State said the game will be played at Independence Bowl Stadium starting at 7 p.m. CDT and will be broadcast by College Sports Television.

``We fully understand the terrific strain Tulane University has been under in coping with this tragedy,'' Mississippi State athletic director Larry Templeton said. ``We are doing everything we can to assist Tulane in its hurricane recovery efforts.''

Mississippi State said it will forgo its $200,000 guarantee to help Tulane's athletic department in its attempt to overcome the budget shortfall resulting from the relocation of its athletic programs.

Tulane athletic teams displaced from their New Orleans campus will be based this fall at five universities. The football program is relocating to Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La., about 70 miles east of Shreveport.

Mississippi State's last game in Shreveport was a classic — the Bulldogs beat Texas A&M 43-41 in overtime in a snowy 2000 Independence Bowl that was their most recent postseason berth. Since then, Mississippi State is 12-35.

Ex-Marshall coach latest to pull out of BCS poll

Recently retired Marshall coach Bob Pruett has dropped out of the Harris Interactive College Football Poll because of his affiliation with ESPN, and will be replaced by former SMU player Bobby Leach.

Pruett, who retired early this year, was placed on the 114-member voter panel for the Harris poll last week as part of a group selected to replace six panelists who withdrew.

Most of those who withdrew, including former Notre Dame and South Carolina coach Lou Holtz, did so because they work for ESPN in some capacity and the network does not allow its employees to take part in polls used by the Bowl Championship Series to determine which teams play for a national title.

The Harris poll replaced The Associated Press Top 25 media poll as one of three components in the BCS standings. The USA Today coaches' poll and a compilation of six computer rankings make up the other two-thirds of a team's BCS grade.

The AP poll had been used by the BCS since its inception in 1998, but after last season the AP asked BCS officials to stop using its rankings in their formula.

ESPN cut its affiliation to the coaches poll after last season.

The Harris poll panel was selected randomly by Harris Interactive Inc., a marketing firm hired by the BCS, out of a group of more than 300 nominations supplied by the Division I-A conferences and Notre Dame.

The voters were chosen to give equal representation to all 11 conferences.

The first Harris poll will be released Sept. 25. Harris poll voters will not be required to make their ballots public until the final poll Dec. 5.

The first BCS standings will be released Oct. 17.

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