Digger Phelps, the Notre Dame basketball coach, took his campaign to reform education standards in college athletics to the National Press Club here yesterday, calling the academic side "a national disaster" needing "federal, state and local help immediately." In 12 years at Notre Dame, Phelps has seen every senior graduate, but recited stats for 1983 seniors in major conferences: "Big East, 17 of 22 . . . are graduating with a degree . . . ACC seven of 19, Big Ten seven of 23, Metro five of 18 and the Southwest Conference four of 24--and three of those are at Rice" . . .

Wallace T. Dooley has tendered his resignation as sports information director at U. of District of Columbia--with an open letter criticizing factionalism in administration of UDC athletic programs to the point of "personal vendettas" . . .

Clemson President Bill Atchley, under fire from some trustees for his athletic department cleanup program, has withdrawn from consideration for the U. of Florida presidency (being vacated by Robert Q. Marston). There's a report, though (State newspaper of Columbia, S.C.), that Atchley, after enlisting Sen. Strom Thurmond's help, also was interviewed in Washington last week for a federal job . . .

After today's lunch for Penn State's Joe Paterno, Touchdown Club turns dining room over to Boston College alumni for 8 p.m. banquet featuring BC's football coach, Jack Bicknell . . .

The NCAA has scheduled its 1985 convention for Nashville, booking all 1,076 rooms . . . of the Opryland Hotel.