If Ray meyer isn't staying on to coach De Paul, why is he saying, "I hate to say it but I think Terry Cummings might be going. We have been recruiting the last week or so from that standpoint"?

So continues the saga of Ray, 68, and Marge, his wife who tells him 676 victories is enough -never mind chasing the NCAA grail -and nudges him to turn Blue Demon basketball over to son Joey. The old coach now is "leaning toward coaching next season. What I am thinking about now is how long I would stay."

That too is the question about all-America forward Cummings, who recently told Meyer he might do a Mark Aguirre and forgo his senior year. . .NBA has set for May 20 its coin flip for No. 1 draft pick come June 29. That doesn't help Ralph Sampson, James Worthy, Cummings et al; underclassmen must declare -irrevocably -by May 15. . .

And the women's basketball player of the year, Wade Trophy winner, is champion Louisiana Tech's 6-foot senior center Pam Kelly of Columbia, La. Averaged 20 points in 23 minutes a game. . .Continental Basketball Association honors: Rookie of the year -Larry Soriggs, Howard's own Rochester Zenith lately moved up to Houston, NBA. Player of year -on Valentine, Montana. Coach of year -Lancaster (Pa.) Lightning's Cazzie Russell!

Ree-cruits: Jeff Baxter, Carroll's all-Met guard, declared yeaterday for Maryland; all-Metro Conference teammate Chester Wood, a three-year starter with Baxter, chose George Washington. . .In football, UDC Coach Ted vactor brings on all-Interhigh offensive linemen William Parker, Ballou, and Herbert Morrison, Dunbar; all-PG County linebacker Angelo Berry, Suitland; DT Michael Hart, Coolidge; OL Darrell Roberson, Ballou, and RB Jevester Byrams, Suitland. Meantime, the Firebirds drive toward matching UDC basketball might with spring practice April 12 and every 1981 starter but one due to return -including the entire defense, No. 5 nationally in NAIA stats . . .

"Annapolis Star Heads for Sooner Backfield," the FF headline Feb. 19, 1981, read, reporting an unprecedented trip east by Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer to sign Donald Brown Jr. Then what? Brown carried five times as an OU freshman (19 yards) and is listed as third-team halfback this spring. And fall brings prize '82 Oklahoma RB recruit Marcus Dupree ...

Sugar Ray Leonard-Roger Stafford, Buffalo, May 14: free TV. ABC will show the welterweight title tiff, along with bantam king Jeff Chandler vs. Kiko Bejines in 9-11 p.m. slot that Friday ... Brooks Robinson, on his pledge, with Chuck Thompson, not to cross WMAR-TV strikers' picket lines and work Oriole games: I'm kind of out in left field but I've got to play the ball game. I'm going to lose my salary just like I lost my salary when the Orioles went on strike back in 1972". . .

Ed Garvey of NFL Players Association says it again: Owners push for congressional measures while letting contract talks languish. Management Council retorts, "We don't think (the presence of Commissioner Pet Rozelle and the owners at bargaining table) is essential."

Police blotter: Charged in Angola, Ind., with molesting a girl "aged between 12 and 16" is Manuel James Rivera, 59, proprietor of Captain's Cabin restaurant there. Better known in Chicago White Sox playing days as Jungle Jim Rivera, reformed convict . . . Theo Bell again. Bench warrant out for the Tampa Bay receiver, now for alleged indecent exposure in Atlantic City's Tropicana . . . In New Orleans, a drug trial brings testimony that former Saints running back Mike Strachan (not a defendant) passed three ounces of cocaine for $7,200 . . . One Thomas Faragi, 25, popped into Red Sox camp in Florida seeking a tryout. Police said he was on the lam, charged with murdering a woman in Portsmouth, N.H. -and arrested him.

A. PCL tripplecrowner 1956: Steve Bilko, L.A. Angels (.360, 55 HR, 164 RBI). Mike Marshall, '81 (.373, 34, 137) can try for double "triple": no room at first or third on Dodgers; just returned to Albuquerque . . . Q. Pete Rose's projected date for hit No. 4,192 to beat Ty Cobb?