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NCAA reviewing bowl waiver rule for 6-7 teams

PASADENA, Calif. -- Remember when UCLA and Georgia Tech needed an NCAA waiver to go bowling at 6-7? They won't need that anymore if NCAA board of directors approves proposed legislature May 2.

The NCAA is proposing that six-win teams entering a conference championship games can qualify for a bowl game without a waiver, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

UCLA and Georgia Tech filed a waiver in back-to-back years for the right to go 6-8. The NCAA approved those waivers, but under the new system, they won't need one.

In August, the NCAA established a criteria for qualification in case there aren't enough bowl qualifiers, including teams that "finished with a 6-7 record, with the seventh loss being in a conference championship game."

Clearly UCLA and Tech felt they couldn't be punished for making a conference title game, but the NCAA ignoring its own policy in years with more than 70 bowl-eligible teams set off strong reaction from officials from smaller conferences.

“The policy is clear and understandable,” MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said in a statement about the Georgia Tech ruling. “What is lacking is the willingness to enforce NCAA policy and that is regrettable.”

One commissioner at the BCS meetings told there's a mild push – and not just by the smaller conferences -- for a winning record required to make a bowl game.

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