COTTON BOWL: A Western bowl alliance involving the Mobil Cotton Bowl, Builders Square Alamo Bowl and the Thrifty Car Rental Holiday Bowl, "appears to gaining support among several" NCAA conference commissioners if the Cotton can not match the runner-up teams from the Big 10 and Big 12 conferences (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/27). PROP. 16: The NCAA Presidents Commission reaffirmed its support for increased academic standards for determining freshmen eligibility but will propose that the standards not be fully effective until August, 1996. In addition, a new commission proposal would allow students who do not meet the standards but do have a 2.5 GPA in 13 core courses to receive athletic scholarships and to practice but not play in their freshmen year (THE DAILY). The AP notes that the NCAA presidents were "hoping to avoid a second showdown with the Black Coaches Association" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/29). PAC 10 LAWSUIT: The Pac 10 has decided to use money from the Univ. of WA's TV appearances last fall to pay legal bills arising from a lawsuit by Husky football players. About $939,000 "was set aside as part of the penalties the Pac-10 imposed on Husky football for recruiting and institutional control violations before and during the 1992 season." The penalties included a 2-year postseason bowl ban and a one-year ban on revenue from TV games. The suit, which was filed in December, accuses the Pac 10 of violating the due process of athletes in the football program. It contends the penalties represented a "conspiracy in restraint of trade or commerce" that was "anti- competitive, overboard and unreasonable." Pac 10 officials said the entire $939,000 will not be used to pay the Pac 10 legal bills. Leftover money will be put into an interest-baring account (Angelo Bruscas, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 9/28). OTHER NOTES: The '95 NCAA Women's Final Four in the Twin Cities, MN has sold out the allotted 11,516 tickets for public sale (THE DAILY)....The Colonial Athletic Association may expand from eight to 12 to include: VCU, Virginia Tech, UNC Charlotte and Univ. of South FL (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 9/24).... The Universities of Houston, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Tulane and So. Mississippi have agreed in principle to form an all- sports conference. Houston had been the only member of the SWC to not find a new home (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/24).