Sheila (Too Tall) Patterson has quit the team, and that just about cuts the legs out from under the Federal City College women's basketball squad, one of the best in the country at the outset of the feminine sports revolution.

First there was the breakup alst year between coach Bessie Stockard, Jennifer Mitchell, Patterson's costar, quit the team and was playing amateur ball at the time of her sudden, unexplained death this month.

Now Patterson, the 6-foot-4 center, only senior on the team, its outstanding player for four years, is off the squad for unexplained personal reasons, leaving behind averages of 21 points and 21 rebounds per game.

Already the pantherettes had come down considerably form the Stockard years, strugglingwith a mediocre-for-them 12-9 record.At this rate, by next season the FCC men's team will be playing the feature games instead of the preliminries to the women. Heavens to Bessie . . .

The Atlantic Coast Conference has narrowed to one the lit of candidates to become its eighth member (so if South Carolina wanted back in, forget it, at least for now) and Virginia Tech will be awaiting the word. The ACC expansion committee, consisting of athletic directors and other officials from the seven schools, visited Blacksburg yesterday to appraise VIP's athletic facilities. That meant three of the member schools had nominated Tech to join the club. After the committee files its report, a favorable vote by five of the seven members could swing it. Tech has been independent since withdrawing from the Southern Conference in 1965. . .

The NCAA rule limiting full-time assistants on college football coaching staffs to eight has forced out Maryland receiver caoch Joe Krivak after three years on the staff, including "part-time" duty in '76. But the 1957 Syracuse grad reportedly is hitching onto George Welsh's Navy staff . . . Some of the Terrapin recruits Krivak won't get to work with are these new letter-of-intent signees: