Plans for hoops game on carrier advancing

Jan. 25, 2011 at 7:32 PM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Plans for a college basketball game to be played aboard an aircraft carrier are moving forward, University of North Carolina officials said Tuesday.

UNC Senior Associate Athletic Director Larry Gallo confirmed that although no contract has been signed, the indications are positive the Tar Heels would play an historic game against Michigan State on a carrier next season in San Diego, The Charlotte Observer reported.

"We have not received a contract yet, and there are a lot of parties involved," Gallo told the newspaper. "We've got ourselves and Michigan State, the U.S. government and a promoter-type person. So we're still sitting tight."

The plans call for the game to be played on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, aboard a carrier, although it is not clear which vessel would serve as host.

UNC Coach Roy Williams also indicated on his radio show Monday that plans for the game are still on.

"All indications are that all systems are go, although contractually, nothing has been finalized yet," Gallo said.

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