The Fiesta Bowl may challenge the Pacific-10 Conference's self-imposed ban by inviting the league runner-up to its New Year's Day game here.
"We think the top three or four (Pac-10) teams should go to a Jan. 1 game and we will be in a position to invite one," Fiesta Bowl legal counsel Don Meyers said Thursday. "If Arizona is 9-2 and not in the Rose Bowl, we will invite them in a heartbeat."The conference passed a rule in 1988 that a member team may not compete in a bowl game telecast at the same time as the Rose Bowl, which matches the Pac-10 and Big Ten Conference winners. The rule was adopted after the Fiesta Bowl moved to a mid-afternoon start.
A Pac-10 team has not played - or been invited - to the Fiesta Bowl since UCLA beat Miami 39-37 on Jan.1, 1985.
But Meyers said the Fiesta Bowl is interested this season in the Arizona, Washington, Southern California and Oregon - all 4-1 and ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 this week.
The Fiesta will scout all but Arizona's game at Oregon State this weekend, Meyers said.