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Carrier Classic Being Moved Out of San Diego for 2012

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Organizers of the Carrier Classic say they’re moving the college basketball game out of San Diego for 2012 while hoping to return in 2013.

Mike Whalen of the Morale Entertainment Foundation says his group is looking at other locations because an active U.S. Navy ship isn’t going to be available on San Diego Bay in the fall.

The first Carrier Classic was played November 11 on a court set up on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson at North Island Naval Air Station. With President Barack Obama watching from courtside, North Carolina beat Michigan State 67-55.

Whalen says it’s possible the 2012 game will be played on an aircraft carrier that has been turned into a museum.

Connecticut signed a memorandum of understanding to play in the 2012 game. Whalen says his group hopes to finalize an opponent and venue in the next few weeks.

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