Bobby Ross of Maryland has been named coach of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference by the Associated Press.

Ross led the Terrapins to an 8-3 record and a berth in the Aloha Bowl in his first year at College Park. Maryland was 4-6-1 last season.

"The main thing for me is that the coaches and players got it for me," Ross said . . .

In Tokyo, one day after arriving to play in the Mirage Bowl, running back Cliff Austin of Clemson left to attend his mother's funeral.

Austin, the Tigers' leading scorer, returned to the United States yesterday to attend his mother's funeral in Scottdale, Ga., Coach Danny Ford said. Austin learned of his mother's death in a telephone call after arriving in Tokyo.

Clemson, the 1981 national champion, is in Japan to play Wake Forest Saturday . . .

The Tigers' appeal to the ACC to lighten sanctions imposed for violating NCAA rules apparently is drawing little sympathy from the league's academic community.

Alan Williams, faculty representative at Virginia, denied accusations by some Clemson supporters that the stiff conference penalty was motivated by jealousy. Virginia, for instance, has never beaten Clemson in football.

"It has little to do with jealousy," Williams said. "It has to do with, 'You have violated the rules and there are certain penalties.' "