The Soviet Union has agreed to house Israeli athletes on the top floors of the most secure building available in the Olympic Village during next summer's Olympics, UPI is told by an informed source in Moscow.

The arrangements are reportedly being worked out through the Netherlands Embassy, a liaison between Tel Aviv and Moscow, which do not have diplomatic relations.

The source said the Israeli team will be housed on the 13th through 15th floors of an apartment block next to the quaters of Soviet militia men charged with overall security. No Arab teams will be housed near the Israeli delegation. The Dutch, Yugoslavia and Surinam will be the other teams in the Israeli building.

"The mistakes of Munich will not be repeated," is the theme . . .

Comedian Bob Hope says Jack Nicklaus is thinking of quitting competitive golf next year, and no kidding.

"I phoned Jack to invite him to my Desert Classic (Jan. 7-13) at Palm Springs," Hope said on a visit to Boston. "'Bob,' Jack said, 'I appreciate the invitation, but I may not play at all next season.'

"'Not at all? Why? I asked," Hope went on.

"'Because I have a lot of things to do, work that's hanging and must be done,' he told me. Nicklaus said if he does play, it'll be very limited, maybe just in my tournament and the Crosby."

What about it, from Nicklaus' office? "He has made no decision concerning his tournament schedule next year . . . no final decision". . .

Bud Wilkinson, 9-17 as an NFL coach heading into RFK Stadium, is no safe bet to be an NFL coach in 1980.

Cardinal owner Bill Bidwill refused at a St. Louis Quarterback Club luncheon this week to give a commitment."You reevaluate your entire situation at the end of the year," Bidwill said. "As I read in the paper sometimes, Bud's going to be the one making the change. But as far as any decisions, we have made none". . . .

Woody Hayes, speaking of college coaching legends, has sparked the Washington Monday Morning Quarterback Club's biggest ticket demand ever for his Nov. 19 speaking date (noon, TD Club). Tom Matte and Jim Parker, the old Colt greats, are expected to join their old Ohio State mentor there. And on Dec. 3, Steve Rosenbloom is slated to tell all to the QB Clubers here about life on and off the Rams. All this we gather from QB Club leader Bob Geoghan, who tosses in that a date already is set for his baby, the annual Capital Classic high school all-star in Cap Centre: March 27. . . .

Was there ever a doubt, Ohio State-Michigan is an ABC-TV national game, 12:30 on Nov. 17, followed by Miami-Alabama at 4 p.m . . . . Purdue which doesn't play the Buckeyes this year, meets Michigan Saturday. But if the Boilermakers win and go on to finish once-beaten in the Big 10, their Rosen Bowl chances stay slim. In the event Purdue, Michigan and Ohio State all close 7-1, the Buckeyes would get the Pasadena nod under the conference's revised selection standards (overall records considered in). So all OSU must do to eliminate Purdue is beat Iowa this week; Michigan must beat both Boilers and Bucks. . . .

Joe Paterno, speaking of college coaching legends, has been goaded into Mr. Hyde-ish behavior on occasion by the succession of 1979 player incidents blemishing the Penn State image as an all-academic football bastion -- not to mention the gridiron blemishes in the Nittany Lion loss column. Preliminary hearings were held yesterday in State College for his tailback Booker Moore and freshman hope Dave Paffenroth, Moore on a drunk driving charge and Paffenroth for allegedly busting a fellow student's nose last week; arraignments set later, Paterno not saying whether he'll use them against N.C. State this week after deactivating them before the loss to Miami.

Meantime, soph tailback Leo McClelland quit Penn State's squad because of lack of playing time: "I know I'm a good back and I just want a chance to prove it." Paterno said he didn't use McClelland because he felt he had better players -- "That doesn't mean I'm right; he might go somewhere else and win the Heisman Trophy."

Was that a note of sarcasm, coach, after your criticism of McClelland's pass catching and blocking? To which the Philadelphia youngster commented he could so block, but as a 190-pounder you couldn't expect him to blow away 230-pound linebackers -- "I'm a breakaway runner. It's as simple as that"? . . . And where does that put McClelland vis-a-vis Maryland, toward which we hear he has been leaning very hard as that "chance to prove it" (after, of course, sitting out a year).