Providence College named associate basketball coach Gordon Chiesa head basketball coach yesterday, replacing Rick Pitino, who left to become head coach of the New York Knicks.

Chiesa, 37, takes over a Providence team that went to the NCAA Final Four last spring, but more recently has been rocked by the departures of Pitino and athletic director Lou Lamoriello.

It is Chiesa's second major college head coaching job. A 1973 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y., Chiesa coached for five years at his alma mater and was head coach at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., for four years before joining Pitino in 1985.

Chiesa is known to favor the same fast-paced, team-oriented style that Pitino employed at Providence, and was recommended by Pitino . . .

Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler, expressing concern over the ramifications of the Cris Carter case, criticized NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle for living in an "ivory tower."

The NFL decision to hold a supplemental draft for Carter, an Ohio State wide receiver, and Pittsburgh running back Charles Gladman, both of whom became ineligible for their senior seasons when they took money from an agent, opens the door for all college players to "rob, steal, commit murders and rapes," Schembechler said.

"The real problem," he said, "is there is no communication between the NFL hierarchy, the NCAA and college football coaches . . . All he {Rozelle} does is listen to lawyers and write memos. He never talks to coaches." . . .

University of Virginia basketball player Tim Martin, arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving, will be punished but his status on the team will not be affected, Coach Terry Holland said.

Martin, a junior-to-be, faces trial Nov. 16. He was arrested Aug. 15 in Martinsville . . .

Eric Nichols, last year's Washington Post first team All-Met quarterback, will be playing for Montgomery College-Rockville this fall. The Gaithersburg High School alumnus earned a full scholarship to Central State (Ohio). However, according to Montgomery-Rockville Coach Phil Martin, Nichols spent several weeks at Central State this summer, became unhappy and decided to return home.