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         "In what could turn into a major windfall" for the Big East
    Conference, Mobil Cotton Bowl officials made a "tentative and
    conditional" offer to include the No. 2 Big East team and the Big
    12 runner-up in a game beginning January 1, 1996.  In the first
    year of the agreement the Big East team would play any team other
    than the champion of the Big 8 or the SWC.  That would change in
    '97 when the Big 8 becomes the Big 12.  Big East Commissioner
    Mike Tranghese said he is interested, but he wanted specifics
    about ticket guarantees, revenue from bowl officials and TV
    arrangements.  Since being excluded from the USF&G Sugar, FedEx
    Orange, and Dial Fiesta champsionship rotation, Cotton Bowl
    officials have been looking for an "acceptable" alternative.  CBS
    has been "pushing" the Big East to join the Cotton because the
    network holds the rights to the game and the Big East for
    football (Mark Blaudschun, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/13).
         BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SEC?  Cotton Bowl officials have offered
    the same spot to the SEC runner-up, according to the HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE.  The SEC also has an offer for its runner-up from the
    Florida Citrus Bowl.  If the SEC rejects the Cotton offer, then
    the Cotton is likely to go after the Big East or Pac 10 runner-
    up.  Meanwhile, a Big 12 commitment to the Cotton bowl "likely
    will preclude" holding a Big 12 championship game in Dallas.
    Texas A&M Athletic Dir Wally Groff said St. Louis or San Antonio
    are the most "viable alternatives" (Jonathan Feigen, HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE, 10/13).  The SEC Presidents held a conference call
    yesterday, but no decision was made.  Officials at the SEC expect
    to make an announcement "pretty quickly" (THE DAILY).       OTHER
    BOWLS:  The Big 12 is also trying to secure bowl deals for their
    3rd and 4th place finishers.  The Thrifty Car Rental Holiday Bowl
    is "considered almost a lock to get the second choice of Big 12
    teams."  Three bowls are competing for the next choice:  The
    Builder's Square Alamo Bowl, the John Hancock Sun Bowl and the
    Weiser Lock Copper Bowl (Jonathan Feigen, HOUSTON CHRONICLE,

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