Atlantic Coast Conference schools and several independents -- including Army, Navy and possibly Miami -- are on the verge of leaving the College Football Association's network television package on ABC and signing with CBS for the next two seasons.
CBS televised Big Ten and Pacific-10 games last season, the first following last summer's Supreme Court decision that deregulated NCAA control over the televising of college football games. The other 63 major football schools signed with ABC under CFA package.
In New York, Neal Pilson, president of CBS Sports, said, "CBS expects to be announcing its basic football commitments for the 1985 season within the next 72 hours. I'm not in a position to confirm or deny who the conferences and teams will be."
ACC officials met tonight in Greensboro, N.C., to consider the CBS deal. One ACC game was televised last season in the CFA package.
"There are no defections yet," said Chuck Neinas, executive director of the CFA. "It's obvious there have been discussions. But no one has made a final decision . . . The CFA TV plan is voluntary.
ACC schools, except Clemson, which was on NCAA probation, received $1.1 million from the CFA package last season. Under the proposed deal with CBS, the ACC would get five or six appearances and approximately $2 million to $2.5 million.
Captain J.O. (Bo) Coppedge, Navy's athletic director, confirmed he was negotiating with CBS.
The Big Ten/Pacific-10 deal is independent of CBS' other negotiations, thus bringing the televising of college football into the same sphere as basketball, with the network buying top games of several conferences and independents.
Efforts to put together a package of all major schools have fallen through because officials have concluded that such a plan would violate federal antitrust laws in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.