The surging Caps have blown another coach out of the water! Well, the fact that Detroit was suddenly in 17th place looking at Washington in 15th must have had something do with the pink slip handed Bobby Kromm by the Red Wings yesterday.

Kromm, NHL coach of the year 1977-78, bows out in his third Motor City campaign. Owner Bruce Norris expressed concern over Red Wing player's recent criticism of Kromm and told General Manager Ted Lindsay to "straighten out" the team.

Within 24 hours, Lindsay dismissed Kromm and announced that he, Lindsay, and assistant Marcel Pronovost would guide the club for the last night's game at Vancouver. . .

Jimmy the Greek is at odds with the Head Linesman on Oriole pennant chances, pegging Baltimore third choice-- not co-fifth -- in the AL, at 7 to 2, behind only California at 13-5 and the Yankees at 3-1. The Greek says it's Pittsburgh 2-1, Houston 3-1, L.A. and Montreal 4-1 in the NL. . . . And Purdue by one point over UCLA, Louisville by two over Iowa in NCAA basketball today.

A young sophomore, to use the Jim Thacker parlance, is the Associated Press college basketball player of the year, and his coach is coach of the year. Sure and they're De Paul's Mak Aguirre and Ray Meyer, giving both a sweep of AP and UPI media voting. Aguirre drew 169 1/2 votes to 92 1/2 for runner-up Kyle Macy of Kentucky; next came Darrell Griffith 29, Albert King 13 and MikeGminski 12.

Maryland's Lefty Driesell did even better than his star, King, drawing 39 AP votes and trailing only Meyer (218 1/2). . . Sporting News' panel of writers sees it differently: Iowa'sLute Olson coach of the year, over Denny Crumm, Dale Brown and Larry Brown.

N.C. State officials refuse comment on reports Bill Foster, the Clemson one, is under consideration to succeed Norm Sloan as Wolfpack basketball coach . . . Wake Forest has landed one of Washington-area girls basketball's top three scorers: 23-point guard Ellen Duchesne of Holy Names.

John Duren of Georgetown will be onthe East team of seniors in the coaches' all-star game that occupies Hinkle Field House to keep the roundball bounding in Indianaolis Sunday between Saturday and Monday NCAA sessions in Market Square Arena. . .

TV talks again: Probable opening NCAA football game of 1980, stretching the bend-over-backwards ability of the schools involved to the limit, a usual midseason traditional: Texas-Arkansas in Austin, either Monday night Sept. 1 or Saturday, Sept. 6. . . . Tip-off game for college basketball '80-81: De Paul versus a team to be named (Monday night's NCAA winner?) in the Hall of Fame game at Springfield, Mass. Nov.22 . . .

Help America Hear!" says Norm Crosby of the big event June 21-22 at Washingtonian Country Club, will be some kind of "celebrity-infiltrated golf tourniquet!"

The comedian whose stock in trade is the molaprop is serving as national honorary chairmn of the Better HearingInstitute (based here), and the beer for which he hogs the TV commercial limelight is the sponsr for the effort to raise $100,000 toward the cause. Showfolk Ken Howard, Roy Clark, Glen Campbell and sports' Mickey Mantle, Chris Hanburger early enlistees as celebs for the tournament for which noncelebrity players will be asked to pony up $300. Galleryites, $5. Crosby wears hearing aides in both ears; blames depth charges while he was in World War II Coast Guard Service.