Doug Dickey is gone as Florida football coach after Saturday's season closer with Miami, the Orlando Sentinel Star tells the world - and adds the Arkansas' Lou Holtz has told a fellow coach "I'd be interested in the dual job" of athletic director and coach at Gainesville.

John Lowenstein, once coveted by the Senators, became a Baltimore Oriole yesterday, for a $20,000 waiver price to the Texas Rangers. The utility man, 30, hit .222 in his one Texas campaign after eight years with Cleveland but beefs up .238 lifetime bat with good base-stealing skill. Better luck to the Birds with him than with 1978 pickup Mike Anderson: the former NL outfielder has been quietly released after batting .094 in 52 games . . . The Houston Astros must figure Bruce Bochy, their rookie catcher who prepped with the Stroube's Mobil club in amateur ball here-abouts, isn't quite ready to carry the backstopping load. The Astros paid rather steeply yesterday for Toronto catcher Alan Ashby, another ex-Indian who hit .261 for the Blue Jays in '78; giving up right-hander Mark Lemongello, a two-year member of their pitching rotation, plus two promising minor leaguers. Lemongello had back-to-back 9-14 logs but pitched in tough luck and, at 23, could be ready to make it big . . .