The College Football Association, meeting in Dallas, voted yesterday to get boosters out of recruiting, limit head coaches to one contact per prospect, and to cut scholarship limits.

The proposals will be submitted to the NCAA convention in San Diego in January. The Pacific-10 and Big Ten are not members of the CFA, but most other major football schools are.

The full CFA convention adopted a proposal by coaches that will prohibit the representatives of athletic interests from all recruiting, including telephone calls and letters, until a prospect signs a grant-in-aid.

"This will help us clean up our act," said a jubilant Texas Christian Coach Jim Wacker. "It's the problem we face more than any single thing. We have to keep the alumni out of recruiting."

TCU was recently hit with two years of sanctions from the NCAA because booster Dick Lowe gave players cash. This happened before Wacker became head coach. He turned over all evidence to the NCAA when he discovered what had happened.

Vince Dooley, football coach and athletic director at Georgia, said he felt the proposal to bounce the boosters would pass in the NCAA convention.

"The chances are good," Dooley said. "Ninety-seven percent of the alumni have the university at heart, but there are always a few who can cause problems. Most violations involve boosters. This legislation is in the best interest of intercollegiate athletics."

Chuck Neinas, executive director of the CFA, said, "I'd be entirely surprised if our recruitment package was not passed by the NCAA. We had an NCAA representative who sat with our coaches and saw the widespread endorsement of it."

Dooley also said CFA approval of a proposal that initial scholarships be reduced from 30 to 25 per school per year and the overall limit be increased from 95 to 100 "was very significant legislation."

AUTO RACING

World endurance champions Derek Bell (Britain) and Hans Stuck (West Germany), along with Al Holbert (United States), won the 54th Le Mans 24-hour race in a factory Porsche 962C in a finish subdued by the death of Austrian driver Jo Gartner.

"The big shadow over the win is the loss of our friend Jo Gartner," said Stuck, who regularly raced with the Austrian, 32, in the United States and won the Sebring 12 Hours with him this year.

Shortly before the halfway point, Gartner's Porsche crashed at high speed, overturned and burst into flames, injuring him fatally. The cause was not known.

That put the race under the yellow flag for 2 1/2 hours, and a long duel between the Bell car and the private Reinhold Joest team Porsche that won the last two Le Mans races ended when the latter's engine failed. The winners covered 3,089.99 miles at an average speed of 128.75 mph, slow because of the long caution period. Speeds were closer to 225 mph in the straightaway where Gartner was killed . . .

Darrell Waltrip took the lead with two laps remaining and held it to the finish under a caution flag to win the Budweiser 400 NASCAR race at Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway.

It was Waltrip's first victory of the Winston Cup stock car series for 1986. Second-place finisher Tim Richmond, who also drove a Chevrolet, could only watch Waltrip's taillights for the final five miles as a tow truck went out to remove the wrecked car of Terry Labonte on the first turn.

Waltrip averaged 105.083 mph for the 96-lap race, 400 kilometers over a twisting 2.62-mile road course. He won $49,000. Richmond won $22,155.

Ricky Rudd finished third, followed by Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and Neil Bonnett.

Labonte, who had won the race the last two years, hit the retaining wall. He was unhurt.

CREW

Joe Paduda of Potomac Rowing Club rowed the 200 -- meter Schuylkill course in 8:31.5 to win the intermediate lightweight single event of the Middle States Regatta in Philadelphia. Potomac Rowing's Barbara Kipping placed fourth in the women's open single in 10 minutes flat; the race was won by 1984 Olympian Leslie Hud-Broderick of Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club in 9:00.60.

The Penn Athletic Club of Philadelphia beat Potomac Rowing Club by three-fourths of a length in winning the elite four without coxswain, timed in 6:02.3 to PRC's 6:04.5. Penn AC also outrowed Potomac in the elite four with coxswain, 7:33.6 to 7:52.6.

TENNIS

Johan Kriek has committed to play in the Sovran Bank/D.C. National Tennis Classic July 24-Aug. 3 at Rock Creek Tennis Stadium. Yannick Noah, who withdrew from the French Open yesterday because he hurt an Achilles' tendon, is still expected to participate, a tournament spokesman said.

FOOTBALL

A man claiming to be a running back for the Chicago Bears appeared on a Youngstown, Ohio, television talk show, got his picture taken with the mayor, signed dozens of autographs and managed to borrow hundreds of dollars before the scam was discovered.

Police have been unable to locate the man, who posed as running back Dennis Gentry for several weeks during April and May. The impostor surfaced when he telephoned Nathan Clark, president of People Rallying Around Youngstown -- PRAY -- and offered his help. The group seeks to mold a coalition of churches, businesses, civic groups, labor and government to stimulate economic recovery in the city.

The man identified himself as Gentry and said he had learned about PRAY from Garcia Lane, a Youngstown native who plays defensive back for the Kansas City Chiefs. During the next few weeks, the impostor helped promote a PRAY dinner, appearing on WYTV-TV and even managing to have his picture taken in Mayor Patrick Ungaro's office with the mayor and with Lane, whose wife later said Lane never had met the real Gentry.

The fakery was discovered when he showed up for a May 2 PRAY dinner and couldn't recall Lane's name, referring to him instead as "Mr. Kansas City Chief." He also told the crowd he was from Jackson, Miss. The real Gentry is from Lubbock, Tex.