The NCAA has agreed to reconsider its decision banning UNLV from defending its national basketball championship, university officials said yesterday in Las Vegas.

The NCAA's Infractions Committee will meet Oct. 28 for a special session in Chicago to review the ban it imposed in July on postseason play for the Runnin' Rebels, university president Robert Maxson said.

"We're very pleased. We think this is a good sign for the university," said Maxson, adding no promises were made to lift the ban.

UNLV officials said they will offer the committee a list of alternative penalties to be assessed the school but gave no details.

Brad Booke, university counsel, acknowledged that one of the possible proposals would be for UNLV to ask Coach Jerry Tarkanian to step aside during postseason play. . . .

Wyoming point guard Todd Barnett said NCAA rules are preventing him from paying child support to his 3-year-old son.

Michelle Allison of Milwaukee is seeking child support from Barnett for her son, Marquis Allison. Barnett has acknowledged being the child's father and has said he is willing to make the payments, but said he was told that NCAA rules do not allow him to work while he attends school on a full scholarship.