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Auburn near deal with Kansas St.

By Bradley Handwerger 340-2462

Auburn is close to securing a deal to play Kansas State for its 2007 home season opener, an official with the university confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

"We've got probably a handshake agreement," Auburn associate athletics director Mark Richard told The Daily. "But they still have to move an opponent. Nothing is finalized at this point."

The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury reported that Kansas State associate athletics director Jim Epps confirmed that the game will be played in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 1 and will be televised by ESPN.

But according to Richard, that's contingent on Kansas State working things out with its schedule.

"They have a team scheduled for Sept. 1, and they need to get them moved somehow, someway," Richard said.

Auburn now has one date still to fill, most likely by a mid-major Division I opponent, though athletics director Jay Jacobs has said in the past there's a possibility of a Division I-AA opponent filling the spot.

Richard said the school has a team lined up, but isn't ready to release who it is.

Auburn and Kansas State opened the 1979 season against each other in a game the Tigers won 26-18. The two teams also opened the 1978 season, and Auburn won in Manhattan, Kan., 45-32.

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