Rice loses, but makes 'new friends'

Originally Published: September 30, 2003
By Ed Graney | Special to ESPN.com
School officials had telephoned before arriving, hoping something could be worked out and all those bikini-clad models could find another hotel in which to strut their stuff. But they couldn't and so Rice players and coaches shared their residence in Hawaii with contestants from the Miss Tropicana Pageant.

Tough life.

"It was quite a show for the four days we were there," said Rice coach Ken Hatfield. "I don't know if our players got any pictures of the winners, but they still got some nice ones. They met some new friends."

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