Television and the University of Virginia are an item again -- and we don't mean basketball: ABC will cover the Virginia-Navy football opener Saturday, Coach George Welsh's return to Annapolis at the Cavaliers' helm, for regional viewership.

And impose a time change on the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium customers: 3:50 p.m. kickoff instead of 2 o'clock.

That's life, though, in the hungry-eye era, Virginia already having changed its date at Virginia Tech to Thanksgiving night under the lights at TV's behest . . . Dark day already in Blacksburg: Ashley Lee, all-South linebacker who led Tech tacklers each of the past two seasons, underwent surgery yesterday in Roanoke Memorial Hospital to repair torn ligaments in his right knee and is lost for the Hokies' season. Lee, a junior from Franklin, Va., was hurt on Tech's first defensive play in Saturday's opening victory at Richmond. He'll be redshirted, retaining two years of NCAA eligibility. Meantime, Coach Bill Dooley reckons, "Several young players are going to have to mature in a hurry to give us backup help at linebacker" -- behind James Robinson, a junior who replaced Lee against the Spiders and made a game-high 11 tackles . . .

For those of the hungry-ear persuasion, flagship WMAL-630 and the U. of Maryland football network will team a new voice this season with Johnny Holliday's play by play and Jack Scarbath's commentary: droll ex-Redskin Pete Wysocki. Sort of fills the Wysocki gap on the broadcasts, with no Charlie at tailback.