Aug. 30, 2005
CBS wire reports

IRVING, Texas -- The Tulane -Southern Mississippi game that was supposed to be played Sunday in Hattiesburg, Miss., has been moved to the Saturday after Thanksgiving because of the problems caused by Hurricane Katrina.

"We have been in contact with the administrators for both universities and we all agree that the focus of our attention should be on the continued safety of the student-athletes, coaches and the lives of those affected by this storm," Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said Tuesday. "Playing a football game is not our highest priority at this time."

Tulane and Southern Miss were scheduled to end their seasons Nov. 19. Now, their opener will become their finale on Nov. 26.

Tulane's football and women's soccer teams fled New Orleans on Sunday, making a 9-hour bus ride to Jackson, Miss. They've been practicing at Jackson State University, although the storm cut power to the campus Monday afternoon after battering Louisiana and heading east.

The Associated Press News Service

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