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No game, but plenty of politics at White House

President Bush asked USC and LSU to settle it once and for all at the White House. He was joking. Or was he?

Originally Published: March 23, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The meeting all of college football clamored for, USC and LSU, had come. Offers of millions couldn't get them together in January. The pleas of millions went unheeded. Yet here they were, lined up on opposite sides, a wide expanse of manicured lawn below, cloudless skies above, a chill in the air -- perfect football weather.

It had all the markings of a fall Saturday, except that it was a spring Tuesday.

Before the teams lay the South Lawn of the White House. LSU ...

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