The NCAA has become "cumbersome" and "complicated," and must stop trying to legislate integrity, Executive Director Dick Schultz said yesterday in opening the group's convention in Nashville.

Delegates gave him a standing ovation as he urged schools to get more athletes involved in the rule-making process and to work to erase the negative public image of college sports.

"We pass legislation sometimes so broad to cover the whole ballpark that innocent student-athletes fall in the gap," he said. "We have to have the flexiblity to deal with that and to deal with some of those issues on an individual basis . . .

"We have met the enemy and he is us. We do more damage to ourselves than anyone else." . . .

The NCAA's order barring Marist College's men from postseason basketball play in 1988-89 has been upheld on appeal.

The NCAA Infractions Committee announced the penalty in September for "approximately 17 violations occurring from 1984 to 1986 related to the recruitment of foreign prospective student-athletes, the receipt of impermissible extra benefits after enrollment and false and misleading information reported during the investigation by an assistant coach and some team members." . . .

In Yokohama, Todd Santos of San Diego State passed 39 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown and his teammates harried opposing quarterbacks with a formidable rush as a team of West college football all-stars downed a team from the eastern United States, 17-3, in the Japan Bowl before a crowd of 30,000.

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown of Notre Dame caught only one pass, that for seven yards in the fourth quarter. The East passers -- under constant pressure -- missed him on about half a dozen other tries.