Bobby Ross, who in four years since leaving Maryland has led Georgia Tech football from the pits to 10-0-1, its first (his fourth) ACC title and No. 2 national ranking, has signed a new, improved four-year contract.

Ross will receive a base salary of $110,000, plus other considerations not disclosed, and said: "I would like to keep this program at {this} level for the rest of the time I am here."

Since losing 20 of his first 25 games in his Atlanta post, Ross is 17-1-1. . . .

Gerry DiNardo, Colorado assistant credited with developing the top-ranked Buffaloes' I-Bone offense, is the new head coach at Vanderbilt -- introduced less than 18 hours after an emotional meeting between deposed coach Watson Brown and his players, who signed a petition denouncing Brown's dismissal.

"Our choice was {Steve Sloan, Brown's assistant}, but obviously the decision already had been made," said sophomore Carlos Thomas, the Commodores' leading rusher.

DiNardo, given a five-year contract, said he is now on the job full time at Vanderbilt and will not be a part of Colorado's Jan. 1 Orange Bowl game with Notre Dame. . . .

Some football fans complained that the CBS broadcast of Saturday's Texas-Texas A&M game may have tipped off Texas on a crucial play that cost the Aggies the 28-27 game. But officials at both schools say the telecast had nothing to do with the outcome.

CBS Sports said airing the play call was inadvertent, but added, "A big part of our telecast is trying to get in the huddle and capture the essence of the game."

Late in the fourth quarter, A&M halfback Darren Lewis was stopped well short of the goal line on a two-point conversion run that would have given the Aggies the lead. Beforehand, the national viewing audience heard A&M plan the play on the sideline.

Longhorns Coach David McWilliams said: "We didn't know anything about it. If we had known which direction they were going to run we would've had 11 guys over there to make the tackle." . . .

Bob Ferry, ex-general manager of the Bullets now working NBC-TV's NBA pregame show, is one of six candidates for the vacant athletic director's job at Loyola College, the Baltimore school confirmed.