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TCU Declines GMAC Bid Due to Conflict

December 1, 2003

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ TCU declined an invitation to the GMAC Bowl on Monday because the game conflicted with the school’s exams schedule.

The No. 19 Horned Frogs (11-1), who played in the game in 1999 and 2000, would have played No. 14 Miami of Ohio.

TCU had said it preferred to play in two other bowl games tied to the conference: Fort Worth (Dec. 23) or Hawaii (Dec. 25). Final exams at TCU this year are Dec. 15-19, and the GMAC Bowl is Dec. 18.

The GMAC Bowl, with a payout of $750,000 per team, gets the second pick from Conference USA. But with TCU declining the invitation, the door could open for the bowl to seek another C-USA team, such as Louisville, or a team from another conference, said bowl executive director Frank Modarelli.

A conference call with C-USA officials was set for Monday afternoon.

If the bowl looks outside C-USA, possible scenarios include No. 18 Boise State, which won the Western Athletic Conference, or a school from a bigger conference, Modarelli said.

``I would say yes, we’ve had conversations with (conferences) other than the mid-majors,″ he said. ``We’ve definitely had some big conferences calling.″

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