The Univ. of Texas "may reconsider" joining the Big 12 Conference if the league allows recruits who don't meet NCAA minimum test scores or GPAs, according to today's DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Steve Richardson reports UT has no binding agreement to join the conference, which is scheduled to begin competition next year with four members of the old SWC joining the Big 8. The Big 8 let each school decide whether to admit such "partial qualifiers" or non-qualifiers, which are athletes who fail to meet either standard. Nebraska officials have argued that denying these athletes the opportunity to attend Big 12 schools will put the league at a "competitive disadvantage nationally." The issue will be discussed at a meeting of league CEOs January 7 in Dallas. Eight schools must agree for a policy to take effect. Pac-10 officials say a standing offer to Texas to join that conference is still valid (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/15).