Two Southwest Conference officials emerged from a meeting in New Jersey with Eastern schools and said they found serious interest in a scheduling alliance for television, possibly as early as the 1991 football season.
SWC Commissioner Fred Jacoby and Texas Christian University Athletic Director Frank Windegger said the league would await further discussions among Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Miami, Temple, West Virginia, Rutgers and Virginia Tech concerning a proposed Eastern Seaboard League.
Miami Athletic Director Sam Jankovich said a decision on the new league could be made by middle to late September. If that league fails to materialize, SWC officials indicated they still would pursue a scheduling pact with the powerful Eastern independents to increase television exposure. Eastern tie-ins to the Cotton Bowl also were discussed, officials said.
In 1992, SWC schools no longer will have Arkansas on their schedules, and Jacoby has recommended that they drop one SWC game, creating a two-game opening for SWC schools to schedule against Eastern colleges. . . .
The NCAA will take no action against the University of Texas based on the school's investigation into allegations of gambling by its student-athletes. School officials said the NCAA said the investigation turned up "minor violations" and no penalty would be assessed.
The Austin American-Statesman reported last winter that as many as 40 Texas student-athletes -- mostly football players -- stated they regularly placed bets on college and professional sports.