North Carolina State basketball player Chris Washburn says the recent controversy surrounding his theft of a fellow athlete's stereo has been "rough" and that he wishes it was over.

"I came almost to crying, but, no, I knew I brought it on myself and I just took it like a man with my head up," Washburn said during NBC's halftime show of the N.C. State-SMU basketball game at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh.

Washburn will serve a jail term starting at 6 p.m., Dec. 19, and ending at 4 p.m., Dec. 21. Those times represent the hours during which the stereo was missing . . .

Unless the National Football League comes forward with an offer that is "almost perfect," Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar says he'll remain with the Hurricanes for the 1985 season.

In the last month, not a single NFL team has said it would take the steps necessary to draft Kosar, who threw for 3,642 yards and 25 touchdowns last season and broke a series of school records . . .

The organizers of the Holiday Bowl in San Diego are shopping around for a new television contract and are seeking to loosen their ties with the Western Athletic Conference.

The Mizlou network's contract for the game is up for renewal.