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ROSE BOWL IN ALLIANCE? PAC-10 OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS

     Presidents of Pac-10 schools will discuss a plan this week
that would allow the Rose Bowl to join the college football bowl
alliance, according to the WASHINGTON POST.  Under the current
proposal, the Big Ten and Pac-10 champs would continue to meet in
the Rose Bowl unless one of them is ranked No. 1 or No. 2.  In
that case, the team would be released from the Rose Bowl to play
for the national championship.  The replacement team would come
from the alliance.  The Rose Bowl would also become part of the
rotation with the Orange, Sugar and Fiesta bowls for the
championship game.  In the year that the Rose Bowl hosts the
national championship game, the Big Ten and Pac-10 champs would
play elsewhere, unless they were ranked No. 1 or 2.  Univ. of
Oregon AD Bill Moss said he expects the presidents to approve the
proposal.  Assistant Pac-10 Commissioner Jim Muldoon said that
even if the presidents of both conferences back the plan, they
would also need approval from the Tournament of Roses, the bowl
coalition, CBS and ABC.  Muldoon said the most likely time for a
change would be in two years, when coalition members are
scheduled to review their current structure (WASHINGTON POST,
3/27).
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