Forty-two percent of the students who played football at Southern Methodist University in 1980-84 would not have qualified to play under the NCAA's new eligibility rules, the Dallas Times Herald reported in a copyright story.

The NCAA's new standards would have kept 48 of 114 players off the field in those years.

The rules were adopted last week at the NCAA convention in New Orleans and will become effective at Division I schools this fall. New freshmen will have to score at least 700 on the SAT or 15 on the ACT and will have to maintain a 2.0 grade-point average in a core curriculum.

Many black educators say the tests are discriminatory.

The newspaper said that SMU admitted five football players and two basketball players with SATs less than 500. One basketball player had an SAT of 410. You get 400 just by filling in your name . . .

Tito Horford, the 7-foot-1 center in search of a basketball team, ended his visit to Miami, and university officials said there could be a decision within 48 hours.

Horford originally was signed by Houston, but the NCAA barred him from playing there because of recruiting violations.

Then he enrolled at LSU, but he left there last fall. He has said he would like to go to Kentucky or UCLA, but neither school was interested.

Then he narrowed his choices to Miami, Baylor and Louisville.

But Coach Denny Crum of Louisville said:

"Never, no way. We don't need those kind of problems. We don't even consider transfers" . . .

A Nashville Banner sportswriter who covered University of Tennessee sports and the newspaper's chief photographer were fired after publisher Irby Simpkins said they used "controlled substances" while covering games. Simpkins said he asked sportswriter Kent Heitholt and photographer Bill Thorup to submit to treatment but that they had refused. Heitholt and Thorup were unavailable for comment.