Carrier Classic moving out of San Diego for 2012

Organizers of the Carrier Classic say they’re moving the college
basketball game out of San Diego for 2012 while hoping to return in

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 Nov. 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.