UM-UW set for Nov. 24

All parties involved have reached an agreement on when the University of Miami-Washington football game will be played, although they haven't decided on a kickoff time.

The game, originally scheduled for Sept. 15, will be made up Nov. 24 as both schools will utilize open dates on their schedules. The contest was postponed as a result of last week's 'acts of terrorism' around the country.

Miami athletic director Paul Dee and Washington athletic director Barbara Hedges, along with officials at ABC Sports, have decided not to set a starting time as of yet. Dee said the final decision would be made by the television network. Several attempts were made to contact an ABC Sports official, but nobody would comment.

"We've mutually agreed to reschedule the game for Saturday, November 24th, but a kickoff time remains undetermined," Dee said. "`Instead of setting a kickoff time, we want the game time to remain flexible while television decides when it can televise the game that day."

Finding a time slot for the Hurricanes-Huskies on Nov. 24 won't be easy. On that day, ABC Sports has a Ohio State-Michigan national telecast scheduled for 1 p.m. Additionally, the network has a regional telecast at 8 p.m. for Notre Dame-Stanford and Georgia-Georgia Tech. ABC is also committed to showing a live golf event that afternoon. There is a chance the game could be added to the 8 p.m. line-up of games because playing at 3:30, as originally scheduled, looks to be a distant possibility.

Whatever time the game is played at the Hurricanes will be seeking to avenge it's only loss of the 2000 season, a 34-29 defeat at the hands of the Huskies last year in Seattle.

The other two games that were also scheduled for Sept. 15 (Georgia Tech-Florida State, Florida-Tennessee) and could be a major factor in determining who the national title picture plays out, have both been reset for Dec. 1. As a result, the SEC title game will be played Dec. 8.

UM (2-0), ranked No. 1 in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls, returned to practice earlier this week in preparation for their game at Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 27. The contest, to be played at new Heinz Field, will be televised on ESPN. Before the last week's reshuffling, the Hurricanes opened the season with impressive wins over Penn State and Rutgers.

The Panthers (1-1), coming off a stunning loss to the University of South Florida, are also gearing up for the Hurricanes after not practicing in the early part of the week. Pitt's game against Alabama-Birmingham has been rescheduled for Dec. 1.

Panthers coach Walt Harris was said his player's focus wasn't on football, instead on the tragic events of last week.

"It's really tough with everything that happened last week to expect these guys to be focused on football and I understand," Harris said. "There is no question we will have our work cut out for us against Miami. You're talking about a lot of talent there."

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