Baylor coach Grant Teaff informed Independence Bowl officials yesterday that his team won't play in the Dec. 15 game. "The Independence Bowl required a commitment from us today," Teaff said. "A commitment would be impossible now because we are still vigorously pursing the host spot in the Cotton Bowl."
For Baylor (6-3-1, 5-1-1 in the Southwest Conference) to get to the Cotton Bowl, the Bears must defeat No. 6 Texas at home Saturday and Texas A&M must do the same Dec. 1.
Independence Bowl officials had said that if Baylor upsets Texas, they probably would not issue a bid to Baylor because they couldn't wait until Dec. 1 to find out the Bears' situation.
With Baylor out of the picture, Independence Bowl officials are looking at Louisiana Tech (8-3) or South Carolina (5-5) to play Temple (6-4). However, because a winning record is a National Collegiate Athletic Association requirement to play in a bowl game, South Carolina needs a victory tonight at home against West Virginia to be considered.
* ALABAMA: The faculty senate, citing the failure of Arizona voters to approve a holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., urged the school's football team not to play in the Fiesta Bowl if asked. University President Roger Sayers said it would be premature for him to take a stand on the Fiesta Bowl controversy.
"We have other constituencies we have to consider, including the football team, the coaches and the Southeastern Conference," he said. "And besides, I'm an incurable optimist and I still want to go to the Sugar Bowl."
An invitation to play in the Jan. 1 bowl game in Tempe, Ariz., is by no means a certainty. Alabama would have to beat Auburn on Dec. 1 while the other pieces in a complicated puzzle involving four SEC teams and three other bowls would have to fall into place.
* OREGON STATE: Dave Kragthorpe is out as head football coach. Kragthorpe finished the 1990 football season 1-10 and has an overall record of 17-48-2 with the Beavers. "The past season has been a disappointment for everybody involved," Kragthorpe said in a prepared statement. "We have not played consistently competitive football at any time during the majority of the season."
* TEXAS TECH: Coach Spike Dykes, who suffered his worst season this year at 4-7, was given a 10-year contract extension. Athletic department officials said the entire deal was worth more than $1 million. Dykes, 52, is 24-21-1 in four years. He was named Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1989 after guiding his team to a 9-3 mark and a 49-21 victory over Duke in the All American Bowl.