When the NFL Players Association gathers the clan at the Sheraton Park for its Special Olympics benefit banquet Saturday, there'll be a lot of headshaking over this item:

Bob Hayes, the former Cowboy pass-receiving flash and 1964 Olympic sprint king arrested April 6, 1978, pleaded guilty yesterday in Dallas to three counts of delivering drugs to undercovers officers. Hayes is subject to a maximum life term, but the judge will take testimony to help him determine how severe a sentence to impose.

Hayes was quoted by a police agent as saying he began using narcotics while still in the NFL.

Charley Pell, who took Clemson to the football heights last fall then dropped his Gator Bowlbound, ACC champion Tigers like a ton of bricks to become coach at Florida, chutzpahs right along: Tells his new employers the athletic plant he so eagerly settled into is the worst in the Southeastern Conference and Florida won't be a winner until the facilities are improved.

"I can teach a player to block and tackle as well as anyone," Pell said. "But if he is sleeping in a second-rate room on a second-rate bed and is eating second-rate food, then he isn't going to give us his best because we aren't giving him our best... Our athletic dormitories are in a constant state of disrepair and haven't seen a coat of paint in 15 years."

Yes, but did Pell notice the spanking new 12,000-seat gymnasium that will be ready to house U.-Fla. Basketball next winter -- replacing the notorious, 5,500-capacity "Alligator Alley," of which Kentucky's Adolph Rupp once said, "They ought to get a five-gallon can of gasoline, pour it over the floor and burn this place to the ground"?

On down the peninusla, the new athletic director at Miami, Charley Thornton, promises to resurrect basketball at the school that brought you Rick Barry...

Temple's Bruce Harrold was a hot enough player to score 18 (four over his average) in the Owls' first-round NCAA loss to St. John's -- but Philly police allege he was hotter March 1. Harrold is charged with setting a fire outside the dormitory room of his girlfriend, damaging a rug, after an argument over het not attending one of his games...

The coolest cagers: East Tennessee State's. ETSU just completed an 18-11 season in which players and coaches used 20 highback, JFK-style rocking chairs as their bench. Naturally, the coaches often were off their rockers...

Born again at 37: Scott Appleton, Texas Longhorn All-America remembered for making things miserable for Roger Staubach in a 28-6 romp over the Mids in the 1964 Cotton Bowl. Appleton, Outland Trophy winner and $150,000 bonus baby of the Houston Oilers, says he is on the road back, through Christ, from the throes of alcoholism -- when his pro football career didn't match his press raves, he hit the bottle for refuge. He's surfaced in a Baptist church mission in downtown San Antonio. He remembers, "when 70,000 people are standing and yelling, 'Go Horns, go!' it's an incredible high and everything after that is anticlimatic."