A part-time student employe in the University of Kentucky athletic department has been fired, apparently because of his support for cross-state rival Louisville.

"The true Kentucky fans will understand," said Kentucky Coach Eddie Sutton. "They'll probably give me a medal."

Andy Dumstorf, described as a first-rate worker in the sports information department, received his official dismissal notice Thursday that included job evaluations of "good" and "excellent."

"He made no secret of his love of the University of Louisville basketball team," said the dismissal notice.

Sutton said he lectured Dumstorf on the matter of loyalty several times before he was fired.

Dumstorf's situation apparently came to a head when he recruited another student worker to handle Kentucky publicity chores so he could watch Louisville play Cincinnati Jan. 20.

Dumstorf called the matter "ridiculous." He said he was not required to sign a loyalty oath when he went to work at Kentucky and that his love for Louisville did not affect his work there . . .

Old Dominion officials said they hope a 15-minute shoving match between basketball fans and Alabama-Birmingham players Thursday was an isolated incident. The row broke out during a 71-58 UAB victory in Norfolk after ice and debris began raining on the Blazers' bench after calls against ODU players. At one point, an Alabama-Birmingham player went over the scorer's table after a spectator when the fan used a megaphone in UAB Coach Gene Bartow's ear and another spectator nudged the coach . . .

Southern Conference scoring leader Gay Elmore of Virginia Military Institute has unkind words for Marshall University basketball fans and the team's coach, Rick Huckabay.

Elmore, under heavy defensive pressure from Marshall and heavy verbal abuse from the Thundering Herd's home crowd, scored 20 points in an 85-77 VMI loss Thursday night. Throughout the game, the crowd directed what were often tasteless remarks at Elmore. The most printable of its chants were, "Sissy, Sissy, Sissy."

"They have no one who can stop me," Elmore said. "Huckabay has no class and Marshall has no class. I got hammered. I'm good enough to get the fouls. Huckabay intimidated the officials."

After the game, a scuffle broke out when Elmore's father, Gay Elmore Sr., came out of the stands and confronted Huckabay. Marshall publicist Mac Yates jumped between the two and said he was pushed by the younger Elmore.

Campus security officers escorted the VMI team off the floor and both Elmores made obscene gestures to the crowd.