Larry Brown settled yesterday into the New Jersey Nets coaching job once seemingly reserved for the Hawk's Hubie Brown, allowing Atlantic sports hounds to dig up fresh such as Tom Davis emerging as apparent top candidate to coach the Hawks' fellow Omni basketball tenant Georgia Tech.

Davis, former Maryland and AU assistant, of course is too busy getting his Boston College Eagles ready to play Jim Lynam's St. Joseph's Hawks in the NCAA Mideast reagional to comment . . . CU's Jack Kvancz, if we get it straight, has an interview date Monday about the Fairfield U. basketball vacancy . . . As "The White Shadow" TV series goes under, its technical adviser on basketball, Dan Carnevale, moves from assistant at Long Beach State to head at Cal Poly Pomona; another step along the path of his dad, Bed Carnevale, 20-year Naval Academy baskets coach currently winding it up as William and Mary athletic director . . .

In East Rutherford, where he will coach in next season's new home of the Nets, Meadowlands Arena, UCLA fugitive Brown pronounced: "It's a thrill to be here in New Jersey [at $200,000 annually for four years, sure] . . . a dream come true. I come from this area and it's great to be back." The one-time ABA Wasington Caps playmaker spoke of bringing in Donnie Walsh, his Denver Nugget colleague, as aide.

Final arguments, at last, in the ex-Arizona State punter Kevin Rutledge suit in Phoenix against ex-ASU football coach Frank Kush. The jury will consider separately allegations of a breach of contract in connection with Rutledge's scholarship and negligence by university officials in failing to supervise properly Kush's actions as coach -- actions allededly including physical abuse of Rutledge . . . Football coach wanted: by Bishop Ireton High in Alexandria; applications invited . . .

Athlete dying young: Word from Seattle, whose Mariners employ as an instructor Mel stottlemyre, the Yankee ace whose baffling stuff "owned" the Washington Senators, that Mel's son Jason, 11, died March 2, of leukemia. Jason was an exceptional pitcher, like his brothers Mel Jr., 17, and Todd, 15, whose Davis High School baseball team in Yakima, Wash., presented Jason a uniform and cap -- in which he was buried, with his favorite glove.