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Volume 71, Issue 11, Tuesday, September 6, 2005


Green Wave athletes may move to Houston

Cougar News Services

UH Athletics Director Dave Maggard and Rice University Athletics Director Bobby May met with officials from Tulane University on Saturday to discuss allowing Green Wave athletes to study at either university while still competing for Tulane, the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday.

Tulane has cancelled the fall semester so that the university and its surrounding area can recover from damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Displaced Tulane student athletes may enroll as soon as today, officials decided. Maggard and May met with Tulane Athletics Director Rick Dickson, who, along with Tulane President Scott Cowan and several key members of the university's administration, has relocated to Houston. 

"It's certainly not a done deal," Maggard told the Chronicle. "But I think there's a reasonable chance that we'll have maybe as many as 150 of their athletes going to school (at UH)."

May told the Chronicle that the most pressing need is to get the student athletes enrolled in school as quickly as possible.

"We need to get these kids in school because we don't want them to get any further behind (academically)," May told the Chronicle. "(Tulane officials) are trying to keep five teams together and have a season."

Officials from UH and Rice have been contacting area hotels in an effort to find housing, both short- and long-term, for the Tulane student athletes, the Chronicle reported. 

The Tulane football team is in Dallas and using facilities provided by fellow Conference USA member Southern Methodist University.

UH, Rice and Tulane are members of Conference USA.

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