Officials from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East and Notre Dame will meet today in Dallas with representatives from four major New Year's Day football bowl games in hopes of working out a deal.
It is expected that the two leagues and the Fighting Irish will agree to an arrangement with the Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl and one wild-card bowl, reportedly either the Fiesta or the Citrus.
The agreement would go into affect for the 1992 season.
"It's got a good chance," Sugar Bowl executive director Mickey Holmes said yesterday from New Orleans. "I'm very optimistic about it."
Said Big East assistant commissioner Chris Plonsky, "Something substantial will likely come out of it."
Under the new system, the top three ranked teams from among the ACC, Big East and Notre Dame would be seeded and play the top three teams from the Southeastern, Southwest and Big Eight Conferences. If they decide to use a fourth bowl, either the Fiesta or Citrus would be part of an eight-team pool.
"There's so much interest in being the fourth bowl, that's a very positive sign," said Holmes.
Neither ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan nor Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese could be reached for comment.
Notre Dame athletic director Dick Rosenthal was en route to Dallas and was unavailable for comment.