Dartmouth College and football Coach Joe Yukica reached an agreement yesterday that will allow him to coach the team for one more season and then leave the Ivy League school.
Yukica was removed as coach in November by Athletic Director Ted Leland but won a court injunction that blocked the school from searching for another coach.
Yukica, 54, said that "for 33 years, football has been an important part of my life, and I hope I have an opportunity to do that" after he leaves Dartmouth. He would not be more specific about his plans after the 1986 season.
"I'll be coaching the coming fall and be on the field," Yukica said. "That's what I hoped to do all along. I hope this case shows that a contract is a contract and that I can go out saying I retired rather than being summarily fired." He added that he hoped his case would "give administrators cause to pause when they're under pressure and say, 'We have a contract with this coach.' "
The settlement reflects Grafton County Superior Court Judge Walter Murphy's decision that the college uphold Yukica's contract, which expires in mid-1987 . . .
Southeastern Louisiana, aiming to save up to $600,000 a year, has dropped its 55-year-old football program. University President J. Larry Crain said he hoped the Lions could remain a member of the new Gulf Star Conference and stay in Division I in other sports . . .
Tito Horford, the 7-foot basketball player who has wandered from Houston to Louisiana State to Houston looking for a place to play college ball, plans to enroll at Kentucky Thursday, a television station reported last night. KTRK-TV of Houston, quoting Horford's attorney, Pat Ellis, said Horford would enroll at the Southeastern Conference school in hopes of regaining his eligibility by next spring . . .
Sophomore guard Michael Brown of Syracuse, who was one of Maryland's top high school basketball players while at Dunbar of Baltimore and who started every game during his freshman year in college, has quit the Orangemen, Coach Jim Boeheim confirmed. Brown lost his starting job this season. He said he would transfer to Marquette, Louisiana State or Wake Forest . . .
Delray Brooks, a sophomore guard dissatisfied with his playing time at Indiana University, says he will transfer to Providence College. Brooks averaged just 3.6 points and had a total of 53 assists his freshman year. This season, he was taken out of the starting lineup and had averaged 13 minutes and 2.4 points in 12 games.