Ed Farmer, a 6-foot-7 forward on the University of the District of Columbia basketball team, has dropped out of school, Coach Wil Jones said. Farmer, who started college at the University of Maryland, "had a couple of bad grades and didn't have the money to go to summer school," Jones said. Farmer is working in the area and may return to UDC, where he has two years eligibility . . .

Steve Hood, a 6-foot-6 forward and a returning starter on the DeMatha High School basketball team, will sign a letter of intent Nov. 13 to attend the University of Maryland, according to Stags Coach Morgan Wootten.

Last year, Hood was the Stags' second-leading rebounder and scorer behind Danny Ferry, who is now at Duke. Hood also had considered Boston College, Ohio State, Michigan State and Clemson . . .

Boston College's basketball coach says Doug Flutie not only is a good quarterback but makes a decent point guard, and he wants him for his team.

No way, said the USFL New Jersey Generals, for whom the former BC football star now plays.

"I think he would have really helped us," Eagles Coach Gary Williams said. Flutie is a fifth-year senior this year and has not used all of his basketball eligibility.

"Doug played some pickup games with some of the (Boston) Celtics players this year before they went to camp, and he held his own. I would have used him at point guard, which is like the quarterback of the offense," Williams told the Boston Globe . . .

Ohio State Coach Earle Bruce said he does not know if standout tailback Keith Byars will be available Saturday when the eighth-ranked Buckeyes play No. 1 Iowa.

Byars, who missed the first five games of the season after breaking his foot, was reinjured in last week's 23-19 victory at Minnesota when a player fell on his right foot.

Meanwhile, the Iowa Hawkeyes will wear helmet decals in the game to symbolize the plight of America's financially strapped farmers. They have the letters ANF, standing for "America Needs Farmers."