After being named Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner yesterday, Gene Corrigan said he is looking forward to attending ACC sporting events as an impartial spectator.

"I can go to games now and enjoy myself," said Corrigan, who left the athletic directorship at Notre Dame to replace the late Bob James. "Now I can be as impartial as can be."

Corrigan, 59, was introduced at a news conference in Greensboro, N.C., and will take over Sept. 1. Previous to his stint at Notre Dame he was Virginia's athletic director, and in the late 1960s was assistant ACC commissioner.

Corrigan remarked on recent ACC problems such as the cocaine intoxication death of Maryland basketball standout Len Bias in June 1986. But, he said, "I don't think there's a conference in the country with a better perspective than this one ". . . it's something that could have happened to anyone. The ACC loses no points because of the loss of one individual." . . .

Meanwhile, back at Notre Dame, former Irish defensive tackle Robert Banks was subpoenaed -- in May -- by a federal grand jury in Chicago investigating sports agent Norby Walters and associate Lloyd Bloom, a university official said.

Associate Athletic Director Roger Valdiserri said the athletic department learned of Banks' subpoena when it came to light that Irish wide receiver Alvin Miller had been subpoenaed by the same grand jury.

"The grand jury did inform us they would call him {Banks} and Alvin Miller," Valdiserri said.

Banks was drafted by the Houston Oilers this spring.

On Saturday, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that Corrigan, then the Notre Dame athletic chief, said Miller told the university he accepted cash to sign with Walters and Bloom. Corrigan issued a statement later Saturday denying any knowledge Miller signed improperly with an agent . . .

A judge in San Jose, Calif. has ruled to allow Stanford University to join a lawsuit challenging the legality of the NCAA's mandatory drug testing.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Conrad Rushing rendered his decision after the Pacific-10 school argued it does not want to enforce an unlawful program and is caught in the crossfire between students challenging the drug testing and the NCAA, which insists the university enforce the program.

The judge further allowed Stanford football player Barry McKeever to join the suit, begun in January by Cardinal diver Simone LeVant.