Bill Cofield, the first black to be a head coach in the Big Ten, evidently is in big trouble at Wisconsin, in the third basketball year of a five-year contract since leaving as top assistant of U. of Virginia. Athletic Director Elroy Hirsch, who hand-picked Cofield, admits to disappointment with the Badgers' lack of progress -- 2-12 currently in the conference -- and the club's overall 17-37 record under the new coach. Hirsch said he will wait till season's end before making his evaluation -- "Why should I add to the pressure? That's ridiculous. The fans will do that to him through their letters." Attaway not to add to the pressure, Crazylegs...

Rookie Tony McKegney, the NHL's only black since Mike Marson was sent to the minors by the Caps, has gone the same way -- farmed to Hershey by the Buffalo Sabres. Fine thing in the middle of "Roots II," but the demotion may be for as little as seven days -- almost certainly no longer than the March 31 recall deadline -- and McKegney, says, "It's probably for the best because I'll have a chance to do some playing. It's tough to stay sharp when you're not playing."

Orphans of the storm: The Touchdown Club's luncheon salute to Renaldo Nehemiah and his Maryland track teammates; postponed from today to ????... The Alexandria Grandstand Managers' meeting at which they get acquainted with the Class A Mariners' new skipper, Bobby Floyd; rescheduled tonight (6 p.m; Ramada Inn, Alexandria) from last evening.