We shall see whether Thomas Boswell is right about the merit in Howard University's discrimination suit {Sports, Nov. 27}. Nothing will shed the light that discrimination so despises like a little litigation. I look forward to learning the truth regarding the ways (and wrongs) of the NCAA committee.

But as a proud alumnus of Yale College, I think a few comments are in order about this mythical Yale team that receives a bowl bid in the not-so-distant future.

Boswell finds it tough to imagine a Yale team going 9-1, boasting one of the top 10 rushers in the United States, beating a bowl-bound ranked team and then not receiving a rank in the polls or a bowl bid. Sound familiar, Yale fans?

In 1981, the Elis' Rich Diana was one of the top 10 rushers in the country (Diana went on to play in the Super Bowl for the Dolphins). He led a powerful Yale squad to a 9-1 record. The highlight of the season was the Yale-Navy game, which the Elis won in the game's final seconds 23-19. Navy finished the season with a 7-3-1 record and played Ohio State in the Liberty Bowl. Yale, with its 9-1 record, got diddly.

Contrary to Boswell's assertion, football is not ''weak'' at Yale. It is a vital part of the undergraduate education and college identity. But Yale never expected to be ranked or rated in 1981. We certainly never expected a bowl bid. Football is only part of the undergraduate experience at Yale. Yale, like Howard, is primarily worried about bigger things.

-- J. Scott Barker

Thomas Boswell could not have been more incorrect that Yale has a "history of strong academics {thanks, Tom} and weak football." In fact, Yale's football teams have won more games, had more all-Americans and had more players named to the Hall of Fame than any other American university.

Let me preempt the usual canard that Yale has been playing longer than anybody else by saying that its won-lost percentage, taking any starting date, ranks with the very best in the land. Two of the first three Heisman Trophy winners were from Yale. The safeties on the last two Super Bowl Champions -- Gary Fencik and Kenny Hill -- were Yale men. Current Redskin fans will also recognize the Cowboys' Jeff Rohrer and the Eagles' John Spagnola, both Yalies. Middle-age types will recall Old Blue NFL All-Pros like Calvin Hill and Mike Pyle.

Ironically, in his discussion of the apparent injustice done to Howard University's football team, Boswell might have alluded to a real case in which the NCAA viciously discriminated against Yale. In the late 1960s, Yale was warned by the NCAA not to allow the center on its basketball team to continue to play because the previous summer he had been a member of the U.S. team in the Maccabiah Games. Yale insisted upon its students' religious and moral right to compete in the Maccabiah Games and to continue to compete for Yale. As a result, the NCAA banned Yale from postseason play in all sports for two years, thereby severely damaging its swimming program, one of the strongest in the country. The Ivy League reportedly voted 6-2 to withdraw from the NCAA in protest, but a unanimous vote was required, so the step was never taken.

-- Michael H. Haltzel