ANNAPOLIS, NOV. 7 -- Syracuse football coach Dick MacPherson engaged in a shouting match with a number of Naval Academy representatives at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium before the start of his Orangemen's game today against the Midshipmen.

According to witnesses, the Syracuse team and its coaches were on the field and MacPherson was speaking to some of his players and assistants when Capt. Ed Kristensen, the deputy commandant of midshipmen, requested they move to the sidelines so that the Brigade of Midshipmen could march onto the field, as it does approximately 1 1/2 hours before every Navy home game.

MacPherson vehemently objected.

Kristensen then went to the stadium's main field-level entrance and summoned a Marine Corps gunnery unit sergeant. The sergeant walked over to MacPherson and repeated Kristensen's request, according to sources.

MacPherson again refused to move.

As the brigade began coming into view, the sergeant then yelled at MacPherson, "You get your {posterior} off this field or we'll march over you!"

MacPherson finally moved his team off the field, but then became engaged in conversation with the game officials and with Tom Bates, the academy's sports information director.

Bates and MacPherson refused comment after the game. The officials were not available for comment.

An academy official said that the incident "was not settling well" with the Navy and an investigation would take place "when cooler heads prevail and we can find out the details of what happened."

Reportedly, Capt. J.O. (Bo) Coppedge, Navy's athletic director; Rear Adm. Ronald F. Marryott, the superintendent of the academy, and Jake Crouthamel, Syracuse's athletic director, did not view the incident, although all three were informed about it during the afternoon.

The Naval Academy Athletic Association normally provides visiting schools with a full schedule of football game-day events.

Also, today's game was Syracuse's fourth at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since MacPherson was appointed football coach at the upstate New York school prior to the 1981 season.