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Saturday, June 3, 2000

R A I N B O W _ F O O T B A L L

UH Rainbow Football

Purdue plans to
cancel 2002 game
at Hawaii

By Paul Arnett


Purdue will apparently cancel its 2002 nonconference football game against the University of Hawaii.

Boilermakers head coach Joe Tiller, who will take part in next year's Hula Bowl on Maui, said earlier this week that he probably won't make the Nov. 30 trip to the islands because of having to play 13 regular-season games.

That year, the NCAA will allow all Division I teams to schedule 12 games, instead of 11, because of the unusual calendar year. Hawaii and the teams meeting the Rainbows can play 13 regular-season games as part of the Hawaii exemption.

Purdue athletic department officials opted to schedule a seventh home game against Toledo University on Aug. 31. This is the fourth major nonconference school to drop the Rainbows since June Jones was named head coach in December of 1999. Notre Dame, Virginia and Texas were the first three who opted not to keep Hawaii in their nonconference plans.

Purdue could still come out to play a 13th game, but apparently Tiller isn't that interested.

"I don't want to play Hawaii, not because I don't want to go to Hawaii, but I'm not real anxious to play 13 games," Tiller told Gold & Black Illustrated last Wednesday.

Jones could not be reached for comment last night about the Boilermakers canceling the trip.

UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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