Cougars hope to play Sooners instead

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The University of Houston is asking out
of its Sept. 11 game against LSU in Tiger Stadium, but will be
released only if LSU can get a replacement.

The Cougars want to play on that date at Oklahoma.

"There's a team on the table," said Dan Radakovich, LSU's
senior associate athletic director who handles football scheduling.
He declined to name the school.

OU officials have also been talking with Oregon State officials
about a possible two-game series with the Ducks playing at OU on
Sept. 18.

If both deals are reached, Houston and Oregon State would
replace Florida A&M and Arkansas State on the Sooners' 2004

If LSU can replace Houston, the Cougars will not be required to
pay the $175,000 buyout in the current contract between the
schools, Radakovich said.

Houston Athletic Director Dave Maggard said he understood LSU
was "99 percent" done with securing a replacement for the

Earlier this month, LSU signed Oregon State to play in Tiger
Stadium on Sept. 4 in the season opener for both teams. Oregon
State replaced Virginia Tech, which asked to postpone its visit to
Baton Rouge until the 2007 season.