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Smaller schools hit the road for a beatdown -- and a paycheck

Updated: August 6, 2009, 4:18 PM ET
By Kyle Whelliston | Special to ESPN.com

CLEMSON, S.C. -- On Tuesday night, thousands of purple-and-orange-clad fans filed into Littlejohn Coliseum to see undefeated and newly minted No. 25 Clemson play. Only a few fans had ever heard of the evening's opposition, the little winless school with the odd nickname struggling through its transition from Division II to I. Even fewer knew exactly why the North Florida Ospreys were there.

They were being paid $60,000 to show up and lose.

"There's more than one reason ...

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