Delegates to the 76th National Collegiate Athletic Association convention overwhelmingly rejected today an amendment backed by the University of Texas that would have given control of football television property rights to the individual institutions.
The university tried unsuccessfully Monday to prevent a vote on the amendment, saying the action would violate the state constitution. NCAA lawyers were able to vacate a temporary restraining order obtained by Texas and the vote was held as scheduled.
By a show of hands, a substantial majority of delegates from all divisions of the NCAA voted against the amendment.
In other football action, the delegates changed the earliest possible day for issuing bowl bids from Nov. 15 to Nov. 19; turned down legislation that would have permitted the redshirting of freshmen without the loss of a year's eligibility, and rejected a bid by the major schools to add a nith full-time coaching assistant.
They passed a rule permitting an athlete to transfer schools and remain eligible without having to sit out a year if his school is placed on probation that would preclude his participation in postseason competition for the remainder of his eligibility.
Elsewhere, Wichita State University officials said they believe the three-year probation and sanctions imposed on their basketball program by the NCAA are unduly harsh, but added they felt that any appeal would be futile.
"The NCAA is a voluntary organization," said WSU President Clark Ahlberg. "An obligation of membership is to abide by its rules, regulations and decisions."
The No. 16-ranked WSU team was barred from postseason play for two years and stripped of one scholarship for each of the two years in connection with recruiting and other violations extending back to 1975.