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Maryland's home football game this season against Florida State will be moved to Joe Robbie Stadium in return for a $1M "payout" by Carquest Bowl officials, according to today's WASHINGTON POST. Maryland AD Debbie Yow said that moving the game is a "one-time deal" and would net the school about $400- 500,000 more than if the game were played at home. Carquest reportedly is "attempting to stage" an annual regular season game by "enticing teams to move home games." Duke has already moved their game against FSU to the Citrus Bowl and will net about $400,000 more than they would at home (WASHINGTON POST, 7/28). Yow also reported yesterday that "for the first time since 1984," Maryland was able to balance its athletic budget (Baltimore SUN, 7/28). L.A.'S FOOTBALL VACUUM: Without the Raiders and Rams in town, the USC and UCLA football programs are undertaking "aggressive" marketing campaigns. USC plans billboard, TV and radio ads throughout Southern CA to "address jilted pro football fans in a tongue-in-cheek manner." USC also plans to mail ticket-order packages to former Raider and Ram season-ticket holders. Prime Sports Network is already airing a spot promoting the Bruins by "capitalizing on the NFL's departure" (L.A. TIMES, 7/28). CLOUDY PICTURE: The Sun Bowl is reportedly considering reducing payments to participating teams from $1M to $750,000. The Bowl is reportedly "financially strapped" by its lack of a title sponsor (WASHINGTON POST, 7/28).