The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has turned down the NCAA's petition for a rehearing of a ruling by the court that the association's college football television plan violates the Sherman Antitrust Act. The appeals court's three-judge panel that heard the case rejected the rehearing request by the same 2-to-1 margin of its original ruling.

With three judges not participating, the court then turned down, by a 4-to-1 margin, a request that the case be heard by the entire court. Judge James Barrett of Cheyenne, Wyo., the dissenter in the original ruling, cast the vote in favor of a rehearing.

NCAA President John Toner said the NCAA will appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court . . .

University of Texas-bound Edwin Simmons has presented the NCAA details of Southern Methodist recruiting offers he believes are "illegal," the Dallas Times Herald reported. "Nobody tried to buy me except SMU. I'm not saying that the coaches did it. But things happened," Simmons said.

SMU Athletic Director Bob Hitch told the newspaper, "I have no reaction to that."

Simmons was voted top prospect in the Southwest by the SWC football coaches.