Members of the 63-team College Football Association today unanimously approved a two-year television plan similar to the one used for the 1984 season after the Supreme Court decision deregulating NCAA control of game telecasts.
The CFA turned down a proposal to hire an agent to negotiate the contracts with ABC and ESPN, citing the extra expense and a belief in the acumen of their own television negotiating committee.
The 63 CFA members have until Jan. 25 to sign up for the plan. Already Army and Navy have signed with CBS, and the Atlantic Coast Conference and Miami (Fla.) are expected to do so soon. ACC officials met today without coming to a decision and will meet again Monday, Commissioner Bob James said.
In another development on the eve of the opening general session of the NCAA convention, a strong possibility arose that a rule to require drug testing at all championship events and football bowl games will not be implemented this year, as proposed.
Tom Hansen, executive director of the Pacific-10, said his conference will ask the convention to delay implementation for a year, so the list of banned drugs can be refined. A member of the NCAA executive committee said there was a strong possibility the entire proposal, known as Proposition 75, would be tabled.
But Jack Davis of Oregon State, NCAA secretary-treasurer likely to move up to president, said, "We've got to get something passed conceptually, even though the specific legislation might have some flaws in it."
A proposal to give the big-time football schools some limited autonomy in all areas but championship events and financial aid is expected to be passed after at least five years of controversy.
The CFA television plan, which calls for a two-year contract (the same as CBS recently agreed to with the Big Ten, Pac-10, Army and Navy) calls for an exclsuive network package in the late afternoon, an exclusive cable package in the evening and an open period in the early afternoon for syndication or local telecasts.