Kansas, firing its coach of 19 years, Ted Owens, may or may not turn to Jo Jo White, current assistant who helped brighten Owens' early Jayhawk years with all-America play before NBA stardom.

Owens went 348-182 at KU but 13-14, 13-16 the past two seasons and leaves bitter, declaring, "Spirit and morale had never been higher than at the end of this season when we started to mature into an effective unit . . . Unfortunately, Monte Johnson, our athletic director, has decided not to honor the university's contractual obligation to me . . . has deprived us of an opportunity to lead the Kansas team to some of its greatest days." Johnson said Owens will be paid off through June 1984 and "We are going to conduct a national search of which the candidates could very well include Jo Jo or Bob Hill (Owens' other assistant), should they wish to apply."

Whoever Kansas hires will inherit not only Owens' good freshmen but 7-foot-1 Greg Dreiling, Capital Classic veteran eligible next year after transfer from Wichita State, and 1983 Capital Classic selectee Curtis Aiken, a 40-point scorer at Bennett High of Buffalo . . . If you missed Coach Red Jenkins' Capital all-star roster for the April 1 renewal against the U.S. stars: Tommy Amaker, Tyrone Bogues, Benny Bolton, Bernard Campbell, Bernard Day, Lyndon DeBellotte, Michael Graham, Gerald Jackson, Terry Long, Rodney Rice, Brian Vaughan, Pat Witting. Long is the Richmond Heritage power forward going to Maryland . . .

Oregon, 53-82 the past five years under resigned Jim Haney, has its new coach in Don Monson, 100-41 in five years at Idaho . . . North Texas State ditches Bill Blakeley, eight-year coach whose first three NTSU teams went 22-4, 21-6, 22-6 with no tournament bid; this year, 15-15 . . . Massachusetts promotes assistant Ron Gerlufsen to head coach . . . Towson State's new coach is former Maryland player/De Matha assistant Terry Truax. Truax (UM '68) has assisted at Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado and, the last two years, Mississippi State.