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Discussions in February could lead to the Big Ten and Pac-10 champs participating in the college football bowl alliance, according to Steve Berkowitz of the WASHINGTON POST. The Alliance's current participants will meet then to "evaluate the successes and problems the alliance had this season." Also next month, ADs from Pac-10 and Big Ten schools will discuss the national championship game. Ohio State AD Andy Geiger: "We have to be interested in changing the situation so that if we qualify for a one versus two game, we have access to it" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/10). Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney says the conference supports "incorporating the Rose Bowl into the national championship picture." Officials at both conferences are in talks with Rose Bowl sponsors and ABC to "keep the integrity" of the game intact (Joseph Tybor, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/10). NCAA Exec Dir Cedric Dempsey, on a possible college football playoff system: "There's not a lot of support out there. ... Right now everyone is more interested to see if the Alliance process will work" ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 1/9). OTHER DALLAS NEWS: Division I member delegates voted down a proposal to change the academic requirements to receive scholarships as freshman beginning in August. The "surprisingly narrow" vote was 163-161. The delegates also approved a new governing structure, which will give more control over Division I rules to schools with the largest-profile football programs. The rules will also give college presidents control over the NCAA and the rules-making process (WASHINGTON POST, 1/10). The only "significant" piece of legislation yesterday was a measure that will allow athletes who drop out of school or enroll part-time to continue training with their college teams in preparation for the Olympics (Danny Robbins, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/10). SUCCESS: The "resounding support for the restructuring plan" makes the convention a "success in the eyes of the NCAA's leaders" (Danny Robbins, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/10).