A lot of behind-closed-doors stuff at Michigan State and Arizona State strongly indicates that the Spartan football coach, Darryl Rogers, and athletic director, Joe Kearney, are very seriously considering shifting operations to Sun Devil U., In tandem. . . .
In Baltimore, one more time, a Colt news conference set today -- and if Mike McCormack isn't named coach, it'll be some rabbit out of Bob Irsay's hat and some kick in the tales of the media led to believe Big Mac is it. . . .
Two all-time names from the recent past, back to show how they did it, where they used to do it: Paul Warfield (leaving TV sportscasting) named assistant director of pro personnel and assistant coach of receivers for the Cleveland Browns. . . . Billy Williams, hired as a full-time coach and batting instructor by the Chicago Cubs. . . .
The Oakland Raiders franchise departure to Los Angeles Coliseum is now regarded By L.A. observers as almost a foregone proposition to be announced within a few days. Maybe. Al Davis meantime has been saying that he would use only 54,000 of the seats in the Coliseum, which can seat 94,000 for football; setting the capacity at that level comparable to RFK's 55,000 with a view toward weekly sellouts. "The Rams never televised many home games. I would televise for that market," said Davis, alluding to the NFL policy of sell out or black out . . . The next Redskin home game will extend Washington's league record to 100 consecutive sellout crowds . . .
One who can write his own ticket is Herschel Walker of Wrightsville, Ga., Parade magazine's premier high school all-America who was honored Saturday night during the Touchdown Club dinner. The 6-1, 215-pound Walker piled up 45 touchdowns and 3,151 yards just in his senior campaign for Johnson County H.S. All this and he's an A student . . .
Just coincidence, of course, that Notre Dame Coach Dan Devine was in town Saturday though not listed as a TD Club award winner this trip. As to absence of a coaching contract at NDU, Devine pleasantly ventured, "When you have their word that you can stay as long as you want, that's better than any contract" . . .
Ernie Cage, Zeke Furmage, Nick Muratore and Dennis Chick are down for honors from their colleagues Saturday, Sardo Hall, Forestville, at Washington Suburban Football Officials Association fete . . .
Georgetown U. inducts six into its sports hall of fame at 7:30 dinner Friday, G'town Holiday Inn: Charlie Adrion, '70, basketball; Edoardo Duchini and Joe Lynch, both '65, track; B. Francis Mattingly, '52, football -- a great passing QB who led the Hoyas to the 1950 Sun Bowl; Steve stagerberg, '69, track, and John Burke, '72-74 football (he already received his award in private ceremony) . . .
Another early-bird point-guard commitment: 5-10 Ricky Stokes of Highland Springs H.S. near Richmond, following brother Bobby (now a graduate assistant) to U. of Virginia. Young Stokes averages 18 points, six assists . . .