Vanderbilt strength coach E.J. (Doc) Kreis was indicted yesterday on misdemeanor charges involving the illegal distribution of steroids to Vanderbilt athletes.

Kreis, who is on a paid leave of absence, pharmicist M. Woody Wilson and Thomas Patterson, who worked for Wilson at a pharmacy near the Vanderbilt campus in Nashville, were indicted by the Davidson County grand jury.

Kreis was indicted on eight counts, Wilson on 91 and Patterson on six. Each was indicted on one count of conspiracy and illegal possession of steroids, which require a prescription. The other counts involve the illegal dispensing of the drugs.

All three were released on personal recognizance bonds.

The indictment was the result of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe that began after South Carolina officials traced an anti-inflammatory drug found in Clemson track athlete Augustinius Jaspers, who died Oct. 19 of heart failure, back to Nashville.

During the TBI probe, Wilson told the Associated Press he sold steroids to as many as 50 Vanderbilt football players from late 1982 to September 1984 . . .

Mack Brown, 33, was named athletic director at Tulane, replacing Hindman Wall, who resigned last week after nine years. Tulane's basketball program is involved in a scandal involving point-shaving and NCAA violations.

Brown was hired as football coach in December to replace Wally English, who was fired after two years in which he feuded with Wall and backed a suit filed by his son, quarterback Jon English, against the school and the NCAA transfer rule.

Brown served as an assistant at Florida State, Southern Mississippi, Memphis State, Iowa State and Louisiana State before becoming head coach at Appalachian State in 1983. He was offensive coordinator at Oklahoma last year. . .

A Southern Illinois investigation of a payment scandal involving 6-foot-11 center Kenny Perry has substantiated Coach Allen Van Winkle's claim that he was not involved in the arrangement, said Dean Stuck, the school's special assistant in charge of intercollegiate athletics. Van Winkle quit April 9, five days after the resignation of assistant Stafford Stephenson, who admitted he knew about under-the-table payments made by a booster . . .

George Mason defeated East Stroudsburg, 10-15, 16-14, 15-9, 15-7 to advance to the finals of the Eastern Collegiate Volleyball League Championships yesterday at Penn State. Mason will play the winner of a Penn State-Rutgers match Saturday at 8 p.m. Moyo Kasim led George Mason with 25 kills. Other George Mason leaders were Jon Henwood (13 kills), John Krispick (12) and Scott Graf (10).