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ACC VS SEC RIVALRY HEATS UP: AUBURN PULLS OUT OF FSU GAME

          The ACC has "threatened" to take the Univ. of Auburn to
     court and will "discourage" its members from playing against
     it in any sport because of Auburn's decision to buy its way
     out of its September 2 game at FSU, according to Tony
     Barnhart of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION.  Auburn AD David
     Housel told FSU last week that the school "would exercise" a
     $500,000 buyout clause in its contract to play the Thursday-
     night ESPN game at FSU.  ACC Commissioner John Swofford sent
     a letter to Housel saying that the cancellation "would
     create other costs and that the ACC would use the courts to
     recoup them."  Housel stated that Auburn opted out of the
     game because of "the controversy that would have surrounded
     it in light of Terry Bowden's forced resignation" last
     October.  Auburn's move will probably cost FSU and the ACC a
     nationally televised Thursday night game, and by contract,
     the ACC may have to compensate ESPN $850,000 for the loss
     (Tony Barnhart, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/9).

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