Howard University football Coach Willie Jeffries, who was seriously tempted by another job offer two years ago, will seek another long-term contract when his current four-year pact expires at the end of this season.

Jeffries met Monday with Athletic Director William Moultrie to discuss his future at the school. Although no specific terms were discussed, Moultrie reiterated the university's desire to negotiate a new contract, sentiments expressed to Jeffries previously by Dr. Carl Anderson, Howard's vice president for student affairs.

"I am planning on staying at Howard," Jeffries said yesterday. "I am happy here and I am committed to Howard. I did not talk specifics with Coach Moultrie, but I told him I wanted to stay."

In February 1985, Jeffries felt somewhat differently. The Bison had won six games in his first two seasons and the football program was constantly under fire from students and alumni.

In that offseason, Jeffries received an offer from South Carolina State, his alma mater and the school at which he compiled a 50-13-4 record in six seasons as coach. Jeffries said he considered leaving Howard, but after a week of struggling with the offer, turned it down.

Over the past two seasons, the Bison are 13-4, including a 5-1 mark this fall. They have won 12 of their last 13 entering this weekend's game with visiting Norfolk State (3-5). Monday, Howard entered the NCAA Division I-AA poll ranked No. 20, marking the first time a Howard football team has been ranked.

Jeffries' intentions to continue as coach will relieve many within the Howard community who feared the coach would be lured away. In fact, a number of student organizations have combined to make Saturday's game at Green Stadium "Willie Jeffries Appreciation Day," a tribute that will be noted by proclamations issued by the D.C. City Council and Mayor Marion Barry.

Student leaders have said that one of the purposes of the day was to convince Jeffries to remain at Howard.

Anderson and Jeffries each said they felt contract terms could be worked out without major difficulties. Neither felt there was a pressing need to have a deal signed by a specific date.

"We have expressed to Coach Jeffries our interest in keeping him here," said Anderson. "I think he knows how we feel. If there is anyone who is not pleased with the job he has done, they have not informed me of it."

Anderson said the school is prepared to offer Jeffries a long-term contract and is not worried about other schools contacting the coach.

"No question about it," said Anderson. "We want him to remain here a long time. I know he has been approached by other institutions, but that will happen when you are successful. It simply means we have a commodity someone else wants."

Jeffries, who left South Carolina State for Wichita State to become the first black head coach at a predominantly white Division I-A university, said only an offer from a I-A school could possibly change his intentions.

"I enjoyed that experience, but I don't have the zeal to go to a I-A school like I did back in 1979," he said. "But since then, there are still only two or three black {head} coaches at that level, and because of that, no one who gets an opportunity should turn their backs at that arena and prevent that number from increasing."