Tom Davis, who led Boston College to an NCAA basketball regional final earlier this month, accepted the head coaching job at Stanford University yesterday, it was learned.

Davis, whose record was 100-47 in five seasons at Boston College, is expected to be named formally at a press conference today in Palo Alto, Calif.

Neither Davis, a Wisconsin native whose name had been associated with the vacancy at the University of Wisconsin, nor Andy Geiger, Stanford's athletic director, could be reached for comment.

The move by Davis, a former assistant at Maryland and American University, is expected to lead to more speculation that American's current coach, Gary Williams, will succeed Davis. Williams was an assistant to Davis at Lafayette and Boston College.

Sources familiar with the Boston College job said that Williams; Kevin Mackey, the Eagles' No. 1 assistant, and Bob Dukiet, coach at St. Peter's College, will be among the top candidates.

Asked yesterday about his interest in the Boston College job, Williams said, "I don't know. I'll have to give it some thought. I think Tom Davis will recommend his assistant and I think he should. It's a good job but, to be honest, a tough act to follow. It (the Big East) is a good conference, it may be the best there is right now."

Williams also is among the leading candidates for the vacancy at Seton Hall. Williams had turned turned down the job at Duquesne last week, but yesterday Duquesne filled the position by hiring Jim Satalin, coach the past nine years at St. Bonaventure, an Eastern Athletic Association rival. Satalin has a four-year contract, worth about $45,000 to $50,000, and also will receive revenue from a summer basketball camp.

Davis, a 1960 graduate of Wisconsin-Platteville, has a 216-91 record in 11 years as head coach at Lafayette and Boston College. This year's team lost to Houston in the NCAA Midwest Regional final. Last season's team gained the final 16, losing to St. Joseph's. Davis also coached the United States team to the gold medal in the World University games last summer.

He had a 10-year contract at Boston College, with an income reportedly in the $70,000 to $80,000 range. Terms of his contract at Stanford were not available, although coaching sources say his income will not increase significantly at the Pacific-10 school. The job had been open since Dick DiBiaso was fired.

Duquesne's move was a surprise since Satalin, one of the most respected coaches in the EAA, had not been involved in speculation about the coaching job. A decision the Duquesne administration made since Williams declined the job apparently led to Satalin's acceptance.