Charley Pell, whose recruiting helped the University of Florida win its first Southeastern Conference football title and also earned the school a three-year NCAA probation that caused it to be stripped of that title, recently received a $24,000 car from several wealthy Gators boosters, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Pell's wife Ward confirmed boosters gave Pell a $24,000 Lincoln Town Car last week at a surprise dinner party in Gainesville.. . .

COSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America, has signed a two-year contract with the GTE communications firm to sponsor the nation's student-athlete program.

Each year, 392 athletes will be honored for their student accomplishments. The student-athlete must be a starter or top substitute on a varsity squad and maintain a 3.2 average for a college career.

Tom McMillen, a Washington Bullets forward, was so honored when he played basketball at Maryland. He studied at Oxford in England on a Rhodes Scholarship before turning pro. . . .

One day after two Duquesne basketball players were expelled despite being cleared of rape charges, the other two players in the case were suspended from the team for engaging in "physical abuse and lewd behavior."

Ronald Stevenson was evicted from university dormitories but allowed to keep his academic scholarship, according to the Duquesne sports information office. Stevenson can practice with the team but won't be allowed to rejoin it until Jan. 2.

Stevenson, along with Gregory Harrison and Eric Compton (who were expelled for two years) were tried and acquitted last month. Identical charges against a fourth member of the team, Emmett Sellers were dismissed after the other three were acquitted, but Sellers has been suspended for the first semester of the school year.