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  • BIG EAST REORGANIZES, COMMISSIONER FLOATS TITLE SPONSOR IDEA

         The Big East unveiled its two-division format for the '95-96
    basketball season, with Georgetown, Miami, Pittsburgh,
    Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Syracuse in "BE7," and BC,
    UConn, Notre Dame, St. John's, Villanova and West Virginia in
    "BE6."  Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese on division names:
    "We're going to look at names.  We can't do geography; we can't
    do colors because Conference USA has them; we can't use names
    like American and National, because baseball has it. ... I
    wouldn't be opposed to selling the names to a corporation"
    (WASHINGTON POST, 11/9).
    

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  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: BLOOM FADING FROM THE ROSE?

         Big 10 Commissioner Jim Delany is anticipating complaints if
    an undefeated Ohio State forfeits a chance at a national
    championship because of the conference's ties with the Rose Bowl,
    but he calls the likelihood of change  "possible, but not
    probable."  In an interview with the INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS,
    Delany said, "We would be very reluctant to a change that year-in
    and year-out would take us away from the Rose Bowl."  One plan
    Delany sees as feasible would add the Rose Bowl to the alliance
    national championship rotation, with the Big 10 and Pac-10
    winners playing in Pasadena in non-championship years.  When the
    Rose Bowl has the title game, the Big 10 and Pac-10 champs would
    meet in another top bowl.  Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen has
    proposed the Rose Bowl host the title game when the Big 10 or
    Pac-10 winner is ranked No. 1, but Delany notes the problems with
    selling TV ad time (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 11/9).  Pac-10 Asst.
    Commissioner Jim Muldoon said adding the Big 10 and Pac-10 to the
    alliance mix next year "is not out of the question" (PHILA. DAILY
    NEWS, 11/9).   BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP TO HAPPEN?  If the Big 12
    plays a championship game next season, it most likely would be
    played in early afternoon, according to ABC Sports Senior VP
    David Downs, who notes the more established SEC championship
    would be played on the same day in late afternoon or prime time.
    Big 12 Commissioners meet November 30-December 1 in K.C. to
    decide whether to hold the game, which is expected to generate
    $2.5M from ABC Sports (KANSAS CITY STAR, 11/10).
    

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