The Southwest Conference, fearful that Arkansas may join the Southeastern Conference, held a hastily called meeting Saturday at the College Football Association's annual meeting in Dallas and discussed a contingency plan involving expansion to 16 or 17 teams.
SWC officials discussed the "Big Southwest," an alliance with the Big Eight Conference, The Dallas Morning News reported. Such an alliance would control two football bowl games, the Orange and the Cotton.
"Everybody is concerned about the health of the conference," said SWC President James Vick. "All sorts of ideas were discussed."
A Big Eight-Southwest Conference alliance could be a lure to keep Texas and Texas A&M if Arkansas went to the SEC.
Also at the meetings, CFA coaches called on the NFL to reschedule minicamps and tryouts to keep athletes from missing class time, saying NFL scouts will not be welcome in film rooms and facilities of the more than 60 member schools until the league becomes more sensitive to the problem.
"Professional football teams should not require individuals, regardless of year in class, to attend any minicamp until such time as the student-athlete's academic year has been completed," the resolution said.
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the league's college relations committee will meet this month with NCAA officials to try to solve the problem.