Cougars hope to play Sooners instead

Updated: February 27, 2004, 12:09 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The University of Houston is asking out of its Sept. 11 game against LSU in Tiger Stadium, but will be released only if LSU can get a replacement.

The Cougars want to play on that date at Oklahoma.

"There's a team on the table," said Dan Radakovich, LSU's senior associate athletic director who handles football scheduling. He declined to name the school.

OU officials have also been talking with Oregon State officials about a possible two-game series with the Ducks playing at OU on Sept. 18.

If both deals are reached, Houston and Oregon State would replace Florida A&M and Arkansas State on the Sooners' 2004 schedule.

If LSU can replace Houston, the Cougars will not be required to pay the $175,000 buyout in the current contract between the schools, Radakovich said.

Houston Athletic Director Dave Maggard said he understood LSU was "99 percent" done with securing a replacement for the Cougars.

Earlier this month, LSU signed Oregon State to play in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 4 in the season opener for both teams. Oregon State replaced Virginia Tech, which asked to postpone its visit to Baton Rouge until the 2007 season.

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