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SEC officials back off restrictive media policy

Responding to a protest by four leading media organizations, the Southeastern Conference put out new guidelines Thursday for media coverage of football games.

The SEC issued the latest revision of its credential rules after discussions that involved Commissioner Mike Slive and representatives of the Associated Press Managing Editors, Associated Press Sports Editors, the American Society of News Editors and the Radio and Television News Association.

Those groups sent a letter to the SEC last week, complaining that new guidelines would hinder coverage of games through new outlets on the Internet.

One area that's likely to raise additional complaints: television stations only will be allowed to show game highlights on the Internet as part of a simulcast with their regular newscast.

The SEC will make game highlights available to newspaper Web sites at no cost through its soon-to-be-launched digital network. Also, there are no in-game restrictions on the use of networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook as long as they aren't used to provide play-by-play.

Alamo Bowl gets Pac-10

The Alamo Bowl in San Antonio will be the Pac-10's top game after the Rose Bowl starting in the 2010 season.

Organizers announced a four-year deal replacing the Big Ten's fourth team with the Pac-10's second one on Friday.

The Big Ten has faced the Big 12 since 1995 after Pac-10 teams played in the bowl's first two seasons.

Previously, Pac-10 teams who missed the Bowl Championship Series played in San Diego's Holiday Bowl.