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ACC VS SEC RIVALRY HEATS UP: AUBURN PULLS OUT OF FSU GAME
Published February 9, 1999
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).