Dale Brown ended rumors by declaring he will remain basketball coach at Louisiana State next season, saying, "I am proud to be a part of this team. I could never quit them.

"After a professional lifetime spent attempting to inspire others to give their best, I find myself in the unique situation of being inspired by my team, who against all conceivable odds have demonstrated personal integrity, great character, and the rarest of qualities: 'Never say die.' "

Brown had said during a CBS-TV interview Feb. 2, carried at halftime of the LSU-Georgetown game at Capital Centre, he was considering leaving the profession . . .

In Charlottesville, additional exits will be available from floor seats at Virginia's University Hall, and uniformed firefighters stationed at major exits, under a new arrangement prompted by a state fire marshal's investigation. The probe began after 11,174 attended a Feb. 5 benefit game between the Virginia and North Carolina women's teams in the 9,000-seat arena.

"We will not lose any seats," said Associate Athletic Director Jim West. Seating on the floor will change so the aisles will match aisles in the tiered sections . . .

The NCAA has stripped Tulane of two 1983 football victories, its 27-23 win over Mississippi and 34-28 upset of Florida State.

The forfeits stem from the use of quarterback Jon English, who sued Tulane and the NCAA to challenge his declared ineligibility under transfer rules. At the time, his father, Wally English, was Tulane's football coach. Tulane tried to keep English from playing, but the athlete obtained court orders and played . . .

Michigan State's high-scoring basketball guard Scott Skiles has agreed to serve 30 days in jail at season's end for breaking probation on a drug conviction, according to reports. A tentative agreement with Indiana authorities is said to include possibility of two weeks off his term for good behavior.