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WATCH OUT, WATCH FOR THE VANDY MAN: OILERS GO TO VANDERBILT

          The NFL Oilers have "hammered out a tentative agreement
     with" Vanderbilt Univ. to play its '98 home schedule at the
     school, according to John Glennon of the Memphis COMMERCIAL
     APPEAL.  Glennon wrote that "three issues still must be
     cleared before the deal becomes official."  First, the
     involved parties must "seek the blessing" of the surrounding
     neighborhood, which "has expressed concern about traffic,
     parking and security" on game days; second, the Oilers and
     Vanderbilt must figure out a way to "appease conflicting
     stadium advertisers"; and third, some details of the lease
     must be finalized and signed by both parties.  Glennon
     reported that "all involved were confident the potential
     drawbacks could be overcome" (COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 3/4).

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